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Gwen Burkett Reagan Parish






Gwen Burkett Reagan Parish died January 6 with her family surrounding her in a daughter's home after a long illness while under Hospice care. She was 81.

Gwen, born January 25, 1938 in Clairton, Pennsylvania, was the daughter of the late William Eugene and Margaret Apfelthaler Burkett.

Gwen graduated from Elizabeth High School in 1955. 

She dedicated her life to her children, family and late husband Norman Parish Jr., an artist. She helped her husband at their art gallery, Parish Gallery, which she co-managed until 2013 when the art gallery closed.

Gwen is survived by her children Robyn Miller, Rhett ‘Dubby’ Reagan, Rae Dene ‘DeeDee’ Reagan and Rochelle ‘Shellie’ Frazier. Her daughter, Renée Reagan preceded her in death in 1985 and husband, Norman Parish who died in 2013. She has 5 grandchildren James Garratt, Mackenzie Frazier, Chelsea Burkett, Ashley Paul and Aaron Paul and 5 great-grandchildren Beau, Aaleah, Wes, Bryn and Pe’siyus.  Gwen is also survived by the father of her children, James Reagan.  She has 3 stepchildren and 5 step-grandchildren. 

A private memorial will be held for Gwen later this year.

Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of Washington County 747 Northern Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21742

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD

Online condolences may be expressed at

Guest Book

I am so very sorry for your loss. God be with you.

Aziza Claudia Gibson- Hunter
Washington, DC

My sincere condolences to Robyn, Rhett, Dee Dee and Shellie. Your Mother was a kind, gracious and beautiful woman. I know she loved all her children dearly. I will remember her warmth and kindness and her lovely sense of humour. Sincerely, Cindy Williams

Cindy Williams
Dural, New South Whales

Doris (Gwen) unfortunately came into my life late but made a wonderful improvement to it. I had the utmost pleasure in knowing her over the last three years, through her beautiful caring daughter Shellie. She enriched my life by sharing her warmth for life, humour, intelligence and grace. She was a bundle of fun to the end - beautiful inside and out. I consider myself blessed to have had the chance to benefit from her presence during this last year, as she lived with Shellie whilst gracefully battling with her illness. I will forever hold fond memories of her unique sense of humour and ability to brighten up any day. I know she didn't really think I was an ass !! This earth will be less for her not gracing it but heaven so enriched. Her legacy will live on through her wonderful family. At this time of sadness my sincere condolences go to you all but especially to my Shellie and her daughter Mackenzie for the loss of a beautiful Mum and grandmother. RiP Doris. Love and hugs big B xxxx

Big B
Banstead, Surrey

Such a beautiful soul. Gwen has earned her wings and can now fly together with her daughter and Norman again. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all her family and friends. May all the happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time. She will truly be missed.

Linda Raffert & Ed Shuster
Mineral, VA

The Meachams send you all hugs and love.

Donna Meacham
Canyon Country , California

We are so very sad to hear about the passing of your dear Mother. Gwen was always a spark of sunshine. She will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. May God comfort you all in this time of sadness.

Patti and John Lowery
Sharpsburg, MD

Our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family in there time of such a terrible loss of such a beautiful angel. My Gwen rest in peace and the family find peace in knowing she is in the grace of the lord our savior. God bless you all.

Chris Anderson
Myersville , MD

Robyn, So sorry for the loss of your mom. Praying for you and your family.

Patti Heuer
Boonsboro, Md

Robyn and family. Condolences to your whole family. Losing a Mom can be your biggest loss. She is the first person you remember as a child. Hugs to you Robyn.

Lynn St-Phard
Frederick, MD

Robyn we are so sorry for you loss. I can only imagine how hard it is to lose your Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love you

Penny and Phillip Millison
Sabillasville , MD

Linda Ray-Postle
Brunswick, Maryland

We are very sorry to here of your mothers passing. May God watch over your family and give strength thru this most difficult time. May she RIP and her memories carried on by her wonderful family.

Angel and Steve Miller
Hagerstown , Md

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