Wilma Jean (Plotner) Parish, 80 of Royal Center, passed away at 7:28 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at her residence.
Born Nov. 15, 1931, in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of the late William and Bessie (Hayden) Richey. On Feb. 20, 1949, she married George Plotner and he preceded her in death Jan. 5, 1977. She later married Glen Parish on Dec. 5, 1981 and he preceded in death on April 26, 2004.
She was a 1949 Buffalo High School graduate.
Jean owned and operated Jean’s Beauty Shop in Royal Center for more than 30 years, retiring in 2002. She was also a homemaker.
She was a member of Baptist Christian Church in Royal Center. Jean was a music lover. She also enjoyed quilting and spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her son, Ronald Plotner (Deb Dailey) of Lafayette; daughters, Judy Willis of Royal Center, Georgena Bayless (Terry) of Franklin, Deb Rhodes (Steve) of Logansport, and Pam Schmaltz (Jeff) of Royal Center; stepson, Jeff Parish (Karen) of Logansport; stepdaughters, Barb Williams (Merle) of Lafayette and Janet Billmire (Dick) of Indianapolis; sisters, LaVaughn Richardson of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Sue Long (Wayne) of Carmel.
She is also survived by sister-in-law, Mable Richey of Buffalo; six grandchildren, Tony Willis (Robin), Curt Willis, Brandon Schmaltz, Brittany Schmaltz, David Rhodes and Kati (Allen) Ghent; four great-grandchildren, Grace, Brady, Lucas and Miles Ghent; nine stepgrandchildren and grandson-in-law, Chris Gerhart.
She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Vern, Charles and Harold Richey; sister, Gladys Williams and grandchildren, Natalie Rhodes-Gerhart and Blake Schmaltz.
A celebration of life service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Royal Center Chapel, 304 S. Chicago St., Royal Center, with Revs. Steve Long and Richard Utterback officiating.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be at Royal Center Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Natalie Gerhart Scholarship Fund and/or the Blake Schmaltz Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences and personal remembrances may be made to the Parish family at www.harrisonmetzger.com