Maria "Ria" M. Parkhurst

November 6, 1941May 15, 2019

Maria M. “Ria” Parkhurst, 77, lifelong resident of Miamisburg, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in her home.

She was born November 6, 1941 in Dayton, the daughter of Joseph and Martha (Suttman) DiMatteo.

Ria was a 1959 graduate of Miamisburg High School. She worked as a nurse for many years and for the later part of her career she worked as an administrator for several Dayton area nursing homes. Ria was a member of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church in Miamisburg. During her retirement, she volunteered at Sycamore Hospital. She enjoyed playing sports, especially tennis, and watching her grandsons at their sporting events. Ria was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who revolved her life around her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of over 50 years, Jim Parkhurst; daughters, Lisa (Mike) Bozzo and Susan (Jim) Yerkins; grandchildren, Michael, Nicholas, Christopher, Jonathan and Joseph; along with many loving friends.

Ria was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters, Joann VanBuren and Martha Porter.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 11 AM – 1 PM on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at GEBHART-SCHMIDT-PARRAMORE Funeral Home, Miamisburg. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1:30 PM at Our Lady of Good Hope Church, 6 S. Third St., Miamisburg, with Father Jim Romanello Celebrant. Burial will follow at Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Cemetery, Miamisburg.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at


21 May

Gathering of Family & Friends

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Gebhart-Schmidt-Parramore Funeral Home

Miamisburg, Ohio

21 May

Mass of Christian Burial

1:30 pm

Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church

6 S. Third St.
Miamisburg, Ohio 45342


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Lisa Eckley

May 18, 2019

Lisa, Suzy and family, I worked with Ria for many years at St. Leonard, and kept in touch after her retirement. She was hilarious and always had a great story about nursing school, or her family. Ria's greatest love in her life was her 5 boys. I am so glad the twins are graduating this year and she saw them complete their schooling. She will be greatly missed. Lisa Eckley

Pam Sparks

May 17, 2019

Jim, Lisa & Susie. I write with a very sad & heavy heart. I’ve been remembering so many good times with Ria. We go back to church basketball, GAA sports, 50+ years in our card club, etc. We both remember fondly your visit to us in Arizona & when Ria came out to our girl’s weekend. I pray you will find comfort in all your memories. She was a very special, one of a kind lady & great friend. I will keep you in my thoughts & prayers. Pam & Dalton.

Bill Fornshell

May 17, 2019

Jim, I am very sorry to hear of Ria’s passing and offer my sympathy and condolences. You will have many fond memories to reflect upon with your many years together. I too think fondly of our years as neighbors on Maple Avenue.


May 17, 2019


I was genuinely saddened by Ria's passing. She was so vibrant and seemed indestructible. But remember.......You will miss the joy of sharing, but those warm wonderful memories will last forever within you.


Diane Warrick

May 16, 2019

To Jim, Lisa and Susie and your families. Words cannot express the sympathy I feel for you all in your great loss. Ria was a very special friend to me and I know how loved and valued she was in your family. I treasure the many memories I have of Ria, and they will be with me always. I send my love to you all.

Mike Shafer

May 16, 2019

Jim, sorry for your loss. I remember when RIA and her sisters lived next door to us on Montgomery Street. She was a vibrant young lady. Also remember playing at you house on Maple?? Street. Seems so long ago. Expect to see you at the class get together on June 14th
Take care and be safe.

Fred Schmidt

May 16, 2019

Jim and family,
It was hard to read the news of Ria's passing. I've known you since we were neighbors on Maple Avenus about 70 years ago, and I' ve known Ria since we were in high school, more that 60 years. Many fond memories of both of you come to mind. I don't get back "home" often any more, but whenever I made it to the class get-togethers, I could look forward to seeing the two of you there.
My sincere sympathy and heartfelt condolences at your loss. Our reunion will be missing a bright and cheerful member of our class of '59.