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Betty [Edward W., Paul Everett, Hosmer Buckingham, Farnham, Constant, Phineas, Isaac, Isaac, John, John] died May 21, 2018. She was born Oct. 2, 1929, the daughter of Edward and Ida (Kretachmar) Parmelee, in Orlando, Orange County, Fla., and grew up in Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla. After graduating from Robert E. Lee High School, Betty worked for and eventually retired from the Department of Labor. She attended Riverside Presbyterian Church, and enjoyed travel and playing bridge. Betty is survived by brother Richard, a granddaughter and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband Jay W. Wyant, son Jerry Allen Sims Jr., and brother Edward. Burial was at Jacksonville's Riverside Memorial Park. The Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Lorraine, wife of Dean X. Parmelee [Dean Egbert, Martin Egbert, Egbert Benson, Phineas Meigs, Phineas, Phineas, Isaac, Isaac, John, John], died Sept. 11, 2018, at Carlyle House in Kettering, Montgomery County, Ohio, after a seven-year battle with Alzheimer's. She was 71. Lorraine was born and grew up in New York City, and graduated from Richmond College of the City College of New York system with highest honors in microbiology. Early on she worked at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital, then moved to Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y., to take a research position at the University of Rochester. While campaigning for George McGovern for president in 1972, she met Dean, a medical student. Despite McGovern's defeat, the two didn't lose their zeal for the principles of democracy, human rights, and nonviolence. They moved to Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., where Lorraine completed a master's graduate program in Early Childhood Development at Wheelock College while Dean endured a couple of residencies at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She also worked as administrator for the Harvard Law School Health Service for several years. The family moved to Virginia in 1983; first Williamsburg, then Richmond became home for many wonderful years. It was while working there at an antiques and furniture consignment store, The Attic, that she learned way too much about such things, and she and mother began to collect, becoming adroit at hiding or disguising items from Dean the minimalist. In 2002, the family moved to Dayton where Dean became the associate dean for Medical Education at Boonshoft School of Medicine, and Lorraine reinvigorated her interest in nature photography and began winning prizes in regional competitions for her works. Local restaurants such as the Winds in Yellow Springs invited her to exhibit her works. Lorraine helped Dayton classical music station WDPR-FM 89.1 with fundraising, and volunteered at the Little Exchange, the Dayton Visual Arts Center, and the Central Perc European Cafe in Oakwood, Montgomery County, Ohio, where she lunched with friends almost every day for 15 years. In addition to her husband, Lorraine is survived by son Reid of New York City, and brother John Damaduk, also of New York City. Contributions may be made in Lorraine's name with Dayton Public Radio or the Dayton Visual Arts Center.


Sarah, a resident of Helena, Shelby County, Ala., who worked Bridgestone/Firestone for 20 years, died Nov. 17, 2018. She was born March 5, 1939, in Lamar County, Ala., the daughter of Richard Cameron and Lois (Seay) Finch. She was a member of Canaan Baptist Church in Bessemer, Jefferson County, Ala. Gail is survived by her husband of 56 years, Glenn Edward Parmley [James Edward, William Giles, Henson Greenland, Aladdin "Berg," John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John]; son Ryan; daughter Shannon; and two grandchildren. Burial was at Oakwood Memorial Gardens in Gardendale, Jefferson County, Ala.

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