Sunny’s Story

Site created on April 11, 2018

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting and we will try to do fairly frequent updates. We love all your texts and phone calls and may not get back to everyone. We will make sure Sunny gets to see all your notes here. 

Sunny has had some challenges over the years, but has beaten the odds and lived an amazing life.  Despite being diagnosed with MS in 1957, she has raised two kids, Melanie and Randall, traveled all over the US, Canada, and Europe, and shared a loving life with Mel. 

Here's the story of her cancer journey...
On April 4th, she played bridge with friends.
On April 5th, she saw her primary care doctor and things were fairly normal although she had been having some unusual back pain since January. 
On April 6th, she woke up and her feet were numb. 
On April 7th, she woke up and couldn't feel her legs below the knees and couldn't move her legs or transfer from the bed to her scooter. She called an ambulance and went to the Emergency Room where they discovered she had a crushed vertebra and a cracked rib. They sent her home. She had to call the cute burly firemen to come help her get back into her bed.  
On April 10, Sunny went back to the ER (we are starting to suspect she likes the firefighters) and saw a great doctor, Dr. Said. He was amazing at getting diagnostic work completed. In about 4 hours she had completed two CT Scans, three blood tests, a stroke protocol, a swallowing test, a neuro exam and a one- hour MRI.  Dr Said arranged to transport her to Lovelace Hospital in Albuquerque.  We arrived in ABQ around 11:00 pm.

On April 19, we received the diagnosis of non-small cell adenocarcinoma and Sunny made the decision to return home to Las Cruces and enter hospice care. She is not currently treating her cancer in any way.

On July 24th, Sunny passed peacefully in her sleep with her family by her side.

Services will be:  

August 2nd 11:00am FIrst Presbyterian Church of Las Cruces

200 E. Boutz Rd. Las Cruces, NM 88005

Reception will follow

September 1st  11:00am First Presbyterian Church of Lamesa

1305 N Avenue G, Lamesa, TX 79331

Family Graveside service 10:00am

Reception will follow

In lieu of flowers

We are establishing a Sunny and Mel Parish Scholarship through The PEO Foundation

Memorial Donations can be made to :
P.E.O. Foundation

1029 Olla de Oro Lane

Las Cruces, NM 88005

Newest Update

Journal entry by Melanie Parish

We have all returned home from my mom’s second service and internment in Lamesa, Texas. It was an amazing family gathering with her great-aunt, her 8 cousins, grandchildren, and10 cousins from my generation. There was a large table full of people from her high school class at lunch, and a couple of people from my dad’s high school class came over from Ralls, Tx. Emerson sang Over the Rainbow at the Graveside service and Sela sang 10,000 Miles in the church service. Sam Lanham, the minister in Lamesa, did a beautiful job.

My cousin Ryan and his sisters Sarah and Amy gave us all the gift of Chihuahuas for lunch after the service. These are a family tradition—2 crispy corn tortillas, pimento cheese on one side, meat chilli on the other with a handful of cabbage and onions in the middle. They were sold at the Sky Vue drive-in in Lamesa for most of my life until it closed a few years ago. I love them and so did my mom.

Randall did a bunch of work and helped make a video tribute that makes me feel so happy when I watch it. My mom and dad had the most amazing life full of joy and laughter. It is so clear on their faces. Here’s the link. It will make you smile. Thanks to Randall for making this happen. I know it was hard to do. />
My dad left for his road trip yesterday. He is going to see some sights in Texas. I’m tracking him ( his phone) and he spent last night near Big Bend National Park in Alpine, Texas. I think he had Sonic for dinner. I hope he takes some pictures.

I’ll try to keep you updated here on his progress. I’m like an anxious hen. I’m both super excited and worried. He sounded good when we talked yesterday.

My love to you all. Thanks for your love these last months. Your love made this all bearable.
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