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Lulu Belle Cooley Parish

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Lula Belle Cooley, daughter of Ralph Homer (1890-1961) and Ila B. (Holden) (1900-1943) Cooley, was born 7 January 1925 Michigan. She graduated in 1943 from Okemos High School. Lula married 16 January 1943 Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan, Harry Murl Parish.

Lula and Harry had twins, Jaral Ray and Caral Kay 9 August 1944. Jaral Ray succumbed 24 January 1945 and was interred Maple Ridge Cemetery, Holt, Ingham County.

Harry, born 15 January 1924 Charlotte, Eaton County, Michigan, was killed in an accident 2 April 1955 Lansing.

Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) Monday 4 April 1955
Fred Funnell, 54, of R. 1, DeWitt, was being questioned by the state police Monday in connection with a fatal accident three miles north of Lansing on highway US 27 Saturday night.
Funnell was the driver of a panel truck involved in the collision which killed Harry M. Parish, 31, of 1705 David st.
Parish was driving south on the highway on his motorcycle when his vehicle crashed into a panel truck driven by Funnell which had just entered the highway from a driveway.
Mrs. Lulu Belle Parish, the victim's widow, was following her husband in a car and was on the scene almost immediately.
Parish was the father of four children ranging from 2 to 10 years old.
An employee of the C. J. Goodsell company, he was a native of Eaton county. Besides the widow, he is survived by two daughters, Carol and Thelma; two sons, Ronald and Harry; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Parish of Grand Rapids; two brothers, Frank and Earl, and a sister, Mrs. Nylla Trachel, Charlotte.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Gorsline-Runciman funeral home, Rev. Charles Goudey of Pilgrim Congregational church officiating. Burial will be in Maple Ridge cemetery.

Unfortunately Harry was also involved in a fatal car-pedestrian incident September 1943 when he struck a woman crossing the street in front of her Lansing home. Harry. according to numerous Lansing State Journal news articles, had been either arrested or fined at least 6 times between 1943 and 1954 for reckless driving, driving in an unsafe manner, running a red light, no safety stop or improper left turn with no license in possession. Harry was interred Maple Ridge Cemetery, Holt, Ingham County. Lula's parents were also interred Maple Ridge Cemetery.

Lula was still alive as of 2016.