Marcellus mourns loss of inspirational school nurse

Students, staff, and families throughout the Marcellus Schools' educational community are mourning the loss of inspirational school nurse Kris Parrish who passed away on Dec. 14.

Kris died at home, surrounded by her loving family, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She began her career as a registered nurse but discovered her true vocation as a school nurse. She worked in the Marcellus Central School District for nearly 20 years spending the majority of that time at Marcellus Senior High School before moving to K.C. Heffernan Elementary School in 2005.

Principal Gary Bissaillon describes Kris' passionate approach the best.

"Kris was a dedicated school nurse who put the needs of her students as her number one priority," Bissaillon said. "Her dedication, her persistence and her sense of humor are what we will remember her most for."

Kris' time in the Marcellus Central School District was punctuated by an unbending dedication to the children/families of our educational community and an unparalleled passion and caring for all those that she touched. She was an integral thread in the fabric of school life throughout the District. These words written in a local newspaper describe Kris' incredible impact: "Until the very end Kris inspired many with her positive attitude and gracious disposition."

That inspirational attitude was in full display on Thursday Dec. 10 as staff from K. C. Heffernan Elementary School gathered outside Kris' home to serenade her with holiday songs. With a smile as wide as life itself, and a heart that inspired us all, Kris waved and shared her gratitude. The response to Kris' passing has been overwhelming at KCH and throughout the District. In the days following her passing KCH students have shared memories of the many ways Kris was there for them "when they fell down on the playground, or had a tummy ache, or needed a band aid."

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