Jean M. Parry

Jean M. (Borries) Parry passed away on Aug. 29 at Crossroads Memory Care in Lakewood. She was born to Frederick F. Borries and Edith M. L. (Christie) Borries on Sept. 21, 1945.

Parry’s family lived in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where she attended and graduated from high school in 1963. During that same year, Girl Scout Troop 1, which was made up of 13 members including Parry, raised enough money to travel overseas to Europe on a seven-week tour. This sparked a love of travel in Parry, and the friendships she made with her fellow Girl Scouts, nicknamed the “13 Thistles,” lasted the rest of her life.

After graduating from high school, Parry attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania to pursue a degree in music education, graduating in 1967. She landed her first music teaching job in Bel Air, Maryland, and continued with the profession at a new school in Montclair, New Jersey. Though Parry loved teaching, her students and the numerous friends she made in those years, she had always felt, even as a young middle school student, that she belonged “out West.”

Parry moved to Colorado and completed a master’s degree in library and information science at the University of Denver. Upon graduating, Parry found her first professional library job as a school librarian at Lake County High School in Leadville in 1976.

Two years later, David Parry was hired as the new library director at Lake County Public Library. Parry was from “back East” in Pennsylvania. The two librarians did not immediately get along, but out of a shared sense of professional duty and practicality, the pair carpooled together to library conferences around Colorado, and eventually, a friendship began. The couple was married at St. George Episcopal Church in 1981. They became parents when their daughter Meagan was born in 1984. True to form, Jean and David announced Meagan’s birth by creating a card catalog entry of her and publishing it in a few Colorado Library Association bulletins.

Parry’s librarian position at the high school was eliminated in 1987, but she found another job working in the library at Colorado Mountain College. In 1993, she was hired as the Lake County School District librarian, overseeing the libraries and library staff at West Park Elementary, Lake County Intermediate School and Lake County High School. Working in the schools and with students of every age was the ultimate dream job for her.

Parry was also a dedicated congregant, session member, Elder and eventual choir director at the First Presbyterian Church of Leadville.

After her husband died in 1998, Parry worked a few more years before retiring at the end of the 2000 school year. She wanted to be “just a mom” for Meagan’s remaining years of high school, and during retirement enjoyed her time reading for leisure, traveling, playing bridge, attending concerts and connecting with friends.

Parry moved from Leadville to Pueblo in 2009. She attended Christ Congregational United Church of Christ and sang in the choir before becoming vice moderator and then moderator for the church. During her time in Pueblo, Parry still travelled quite a bit, both within the continental United States and overseas to places like Ireland and Israel. She was also able to reunite with her former Girl Scout troop a few times, including for their fiftieth reunion in 2013. In late 2018, Parry moved to Lakewood where she lived with Meagan and Meagan’s partner, Westley. She moved to Crossroads Memory Care in Lakewood in the summer of 2021.

Parry was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Edith Borries, and her husband David Russell Parry. Parry is survived by her daughter Meagan Parry, and her daughter’s partner Westley Lawrence.

A memorial for Parry will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Leadville on Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation to any of the following organizations which were very important to Parry: Lake County Public Library, Pueblo Symphony Orchestra and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.