We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Thomas Memorial Chapel
Maxine Parrott, 104, passed away on July 14, 2022, at Parker Health & Rehabilitation Center of Parker City, IN. She was born near Arba, Indiana on March 11, 1918, to Frank and Carrie (Cadwalder) Kettering. She was a 1936 graduate of Spartanburg High School and graduated from Anderson Beauty School in 1938. She was a member of the Church of Christ in New Castle. On August 10, 1943, she married Willis Parrott. They shared 52 years of marriage until his death in 1995.
Maxine was licensed as a beautician and a health facility administrator. She was an entrepreneur who established her first business, Maxine’s Beauty Shop, in 1940. She operated it until 1990. In 1957, she and her husband built a small nursing home, and she cared the elderly for over 40 years, until she herself was in her 80’s. She and Willis also built and operated Parrott’s Meat Market. In 2000, she opened Maxine’s Senior Center in the former Chenoweth Dry Goods Store in the heart of Lynn where she hosted numerous social activities. She served on Randolph County Area Planning Organization for eight years and Randolph County Economic Development for four years.
Maxine was a lifelong resident of Randolph County, and she cared deeply about the community of Lynn. She was elected to serve on the Lynn Town Council several times from 1997 to 2004 and did much to improve the town. She served as Council President and was affectionately called the Town Mayor. She was always available to help others, touching the lives of countless friends, family members and neighbors.
Maxine is survived by a son, Mark (Joan) Parrott. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willis; and her siblings, Robert Kettering and Doris Fraze.
A graveside service to celebrate Maxine’s life will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 21, 2022, at Spartanburg Cemetery, with Pastor Michael Kirby officiating. Family and friends may gather to share and remember from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 20th at Wilson Shook Funeral Home, Thomas Memorial Chapel of Lynn, IN. Memorial contributions may be made to Lynn First Responders. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wilsonshookfh.com.