Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home

11800 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD


Phyllis Angela Parris

March 25, 1946July 6, 2019
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Phyllis Angela Parris was born on March 25, 1946 and passed away on July 6, 2019 in Bethesda, Maryland.


17 July


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home

11800 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland 20904

18 July

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

St. Patrick's Catholic Church

4101 Norbeck Road
Rockville, Maryland 20853

18 July


12:30 pm - 12:45 pm

Gate of Heaven Cemetery

13801 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906


Phyllis Angela Parris

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John young

July 16, 2019

Mrs. P, as some of us, her former colleagues at FINRA affectionately referred to her , was my mentor/trainer but most importantly my friend. Mrs. P, our friend Althea and I formed our own little breakfast club. Every day we were at work, we started the day in our office cafeteria discussing every issue under the sun from sports to politics. We shared stories about our families and the various goings on in our lives. And we laughed a lot. I will always remember Mrs. P as a woman of elegance and grace, who also possessed a wicked sense of humor. Thank you Mrs. P for the honor of allowing me to be a small part of your life.

My send my condolences and prayers to the family.

David Thompson

July 16, 2019

The Barbados Association of Washington, DC, Area Inc. (BAWDC) extends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Phyllis Angela Parris. May she Rest in Peace and rise again in glory!

D. Thompson - President, BAWDC

Sheilah King-Watson

July 16, 2019

Christ will gather in his own to the place where He has gone
Where their heart and treasure lie
Where our life is hid on high.
Day by day the voice says "Come enter thine eternal home
Asking not if we can spare this dear soul it summons there
Had he asked us well we know
We would cry Lord spare this blow
Yes, with streaming tears would say
Lord we love her let her stay.

Phyl you will be dearly missed. Rest in peace!

Sheilah and Hilbourne

Fran Tucker

July 15, 2019

Phyllis and I worked together for many years. In all the years I knew her, she never once greeted me without a genuine smile and a kind word. She always made time to be helpful - she cared about people and she also cared about the work that we do here. She will be missed! My most sincere sympathy goes out to her family.

Richard Lawrence

July 15, 2019

My wife, Sherry, and I extend our sincere sympathy to your family. Phyllis and I worked together for almost 20 years. She was a very delightful person who genuinely cared about her co-workers.

Sarah Ward

July 14, 2019

I recently met Phyllis through a mutual friend and found her to be very pleasant and kind. It is with much regret that her life was cut short before we could fully cement the friendship
Let me take this opportunity to extend my deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the family.
May her soul rest in peace and rise in glory.

Stephen Corbin

July 13, 2019

I love Phyllis. She was one of the sweetest people that I have ever known. I always looked forward to seeing her at family gatherings. In my mind, she was always going to be with us. I feel so fortunate that she cane into my family, but, at the same time, I feel short changed that the Lord took her home so soon. Her peaceful countenance will continue to be present and so appreciated within our extended family. My sincere condolences to the Parris family. Your hearts are in my heart. Love and peace.



Phyllis Angela Parris was born on March 29, 1946 in Barbados, daughter of Geraldine Morris and Cyril Thornton. Baptized Catholic as an infant, Phyllis attended the renowned St. Ursula’s High School, run by the nuns of the Ursuline Convent. In the USA she attended American University in Washington, DC. As a young woman, Phyllis was an athlete, excelling at netball, representing both her high school and Maple Sports Club. As a senior in high school she served in the prestigious position of Deputy Head Girl. On graduation Phyllis joined the staff of Barclays Bank DCO, the largest commercial bank in Barbados at that time.

Phyllis would meet her future husband and father of her children, D. Elliott Parris, on one of his summer break visits back to their shared homeland of Barbados. At the time, Elliott was a PhD student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The two fell in love and started a serious (at times long distance) romantic relationship, with Elliott coming home on semester breaks from UCLA and Phyllis visiting Elliott once in Los Angeles on her vacation from Barclays. Finally, when Elliott started as a junior professor at Yale University, Phyllis joined him and they would marry in New Haven on July 19, 1969. After moving to Silver Spring, MD after Elliott started a faculty position at American University, they had their first child, Girma in 1971. Three years later, they moved to the Olney/Brookeville area and shortly thereafter had their second child, Jason. Their third child, and only daughter, Kesi, would follow 3 years later and the youngest child, Brett, would be born 5 years thereafter.

Phyllis would apply her banking training attained in Barbados, serving at First American Bank of Maryland. After leaving First American Bank, she would then transition into financial regulation, serving as a Compliance Supervisor for Financial Regulatory Agency (FINRA) until her retirement in 2018. Throughout her adult life Phyllis was happy balancing her role as wife and mother with her career.

Phyllis was an avid sports fan. She was especially fanatic about the Redskins, and in the John Thompson I days, the Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball team. She also loved to shop and was known for her exquisite sense of fashion.

Phyllis was a loyal, loving, smart, funny but stern wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her aforementioned husband and children, and her four grandchildren, Khalil, Rosemarie, Liam, and Audriana.