Marianna Howard Parrish

April 2, 1927March 9, 2018

Marianna Howard Parrish

Marianna died on March 9, 2018 at Sunrise at George Mason Assisted Living Center where she resided. She previously resided in Vienna, Virginia and Viewtown, Virginia. She earned her undergraduate degree from James Madison University and her master’s degree from the University of Virginia. She completed a distinguished teaching career with Fairfax County and Arlington County Public Schools.

Marianna was preceded in death by her husband, William Clay Parrish, her son, William Clay Parrish, Jr., her parents Dowell J. and Mariel Gott Howard, and brother Dowell J. Howard, Jr. Friends are invited to celebrate Marianna’s life at the Church of the Holy Comforter, 543 Beulah Rd, Vienna, VA 22180 on Monday April 9 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will occur at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, friends can donate in memory of “Marianna H Parrish” to either: Rappahannock Animal Welfare League, on line at or by mail to PO Box 396, Amissville VA 20106. OR Capital Caring, 2900 Telestar Ct, Falls Church, VA 22042. Marianna was genuinely loved and will be missed dearly by her family and friends.


  • Memorial Service Monday, April 9, 2018
  • Graveside Service Monday, November 19, 2018

Marianna Howard Parrish

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Rev. David Case

April 5, 2018

Marianna and husband Bill were the best examples of cross cultural hospitality we have ever seen. No one was ever a stranger and they were quick to ask good questions and give thoughtful answers. We would bring groups of international scholars for the Columbus Day weekend - for at least 7 yrs, and the times spent in the country at the Locust Hill Farm and in the company of Marianna and Bill were always highlights of the "American experiences" of our int'l guests. We thank the Parrishes, their many friends, and the Lord for helping make the farm on Viewtown Rd a place of refuge, work, fun , food and faith discussions. Great memories. Thanks, Marianna, for continuing the legacy of Dr. Bill's generosity toward the "strangers among us."