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Judy Parish

January 1, 1927 – August 8, 2020

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Amory – Hisako “Judy” Yoshida Parish, 93, passed away on her husbands’ “Bev” birthday, Saturday, August 8, 2020, at North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. Born in Japan on January 1, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Sue Yoshida and Mr. Yoshida.

At a young age, Judy attended school at Nagoya Japan. She learned how to speak English and got the equivalent of an Associate’s Degree in English while in Japan. A beautiful woman, she was always positive, had a great laugh, and could be a firecracker at times. Judy met the love of her life, Bev Martin Parish, who was stationed there with the US Air Force. They were married on May 20, 1947, at the Fifth Air Force Base in Yokota, Japan. After serving his time in Japan, they moved back to Amory.

They were blessed by God with a wonderful marriage and successful businesses. Judy was an Entrepreneur and she was brilliant with numbers and balancing many tasks at a time. A hard worker, she managed several rental properties through the years, she was a Tailor by trade, and in 1968 she and her husband started Gravel Equipment and Supply Company. Having grown up poor, financial security was important to her and she helped her husband all the years obtain their goals.

Judy loved her family and attended Bigbee Baptist Church. Despite her life in America, she was proud of her Japanese heritage. She loved her family overseas and she always enjoyed speaking her native language Japanese. She liked to entertain, was very gifted and could cook wonderful Tempura Shrimp and Sushi.

A true overcomer, who was loving, smart, positive, hardworking, and gifted, Judy was a blessing to her family. They are saddened with her passing yet they are thankful for the wonderful memories and love she gave them all.

Left to treasure her memories, her son, Norman Parish (Svetlana), Amory; grandchildren, John Anthony “Tony” Parish, Melissa “Missy” Dawn Parish Box (Johnny), and Martin Yoshida Parish; great grandchildren, Sarah Balducci (Bo), Samantha Jo Parish, Victoria Katlin Parish, John “Alex” Box, Marilyn Abigail “Abi” Parish, Beau Parish, and Isabella Box; several family members in Japan.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Beverly “Bev” Martin Parish; grandson, Norman “Chip” Parish, Jr.; and infant, Leslie Parish.

A Private Graveside service for Judy will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Amory Historical Society Cemetery with Judge Michael Malski officiating.

Visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday evening, August 14, 2020, from 6pm until 8 pm at the Funeral Home in Amory, MS.

Memories and condolences may be shared with her family at


AUG 14.
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

E.E. Pickle Funeral Home, Amory

500 3rd Avenue South P.O. Box 127

Amory, MS, 38821

Graveside Funeral Service

AUG 15

Amory Historical Society Cemetery

A Avenue

Amory, MS, 38821

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