Official Obituary of

Barbara Jean Parnes

January 31, 1939 ~ March 25, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Barbara Parnes SHIVA & OBITUARY

Barbara Jean Parnes transitioned peacefully on March 25, 2024 in Atlanta, Georgia 14 months following a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer. She came into this world on January 31, 1939 in Steubenville, Ohio. An only child, born to John and Mary Exterovich. She grew up in Ohio, California and Florida. She was a former beauty queen, legal secretary and co-owner of an interior design firm, Trends -n- Blends. She was a master of all she touched: an accomplished cook, designer, artist, upholsterer, bridge player, and instructor. She was able to travel the globe including destinations such as Russia, India, Peru, France, England, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. Many of those trips abroad were with United Research, Inc – a non-denominational spiritual organization dedicated to prayer for the planet. Barbara also served on the Board of Directors at United Research and was a facilitator/instructor of their “Intensives” trainings. She also founded a satellite prayer group of United Research in Atlanta.

Barbara was a remarkable arbiter of taste and style, with a keen eye for art, clothing and décor. She was always impeccably dressed, and her home is a beautiful sanctuary filled with not only fabulous pieces of art, but her own paintings, sculptures and fused glass pieces as well.

She was the proud mother of daughter Allison Marie Waugh Smith Monnell (Richard), son Grant Reed Waugh, Jr (Laura Gunsolus Waugh Maxwell / Tricia Crocker), and son Michael David Parnes (Mary Alisan); and proud grandmother to six beautiful grandsons: Grant Reed Waugh III (Aileen), Grant Robinson Smith, Sterling Hays Smith, Jacob Matthew Waugh, Zion Alexander Parnes, and Donovan Wolfe Parnes.

Following the death of Allison’s and Reed’s father (her husband, Grant Reed Waugh) she moved from Oahu, Hawaii to Raleigh, North Carolina where she met her husband, Dr. Steven Gary Parnes, a dentist serving in the United States Air Force at Seymour Johnson AFB. They honeymooned in Atlanta (with little Allison and Reed in tow) and determined this was the place to make a life. Following the birth of their son, Michael David in 1971, they settled in North Atlanta where Steve set up a dental practice and Barbara became an interior designer initially focusing on dental offices which quickly translated into residential spaces. Barbara and Steve were married for 53 years.

Barbara stayed abreast of her children’s activities by volunteering at their schools. She was the children’s high school clinic volunteer, where many of their friends feigned illnesses so they could hang out with “Auntie Barbara.” She loved to hear about her children’s social lives and was privy (mostly) to their comings and goings. Many times, Allison would sit next to her mother’s bedside following a night out and detail the evening.

Barbara enjoyed dining out with her husband and family. They became regulars at the former Coach and Six, former Buckhead Diner, and all the Buckhead Life Group restaurants where the managers and staff knew them by name and escorted them to the best tables in the house. She enjoyed shopping at designer shops such as Loehmann’s, T. Edwards, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and scouring Scott’s Antique Market for the great finds. She and Steve were season ticket holders to the Atlanta Flames hockey team from its inception with their best friends Marjorie and Terry Stieglitz, and this entitled them to great seats at concerts in the Omni. They would take their kids, with Michael in a stroller, front stage floor, the cool parents that took their kids to see Jimmy Buffet, Fleetwood Mac, and many others.

Barbara also enjoyed her time at her Florida retreat on North Hutchinson Island, another beautifully appointed space filled with Barbara’s touches.

Her grace and love knew no bounds and her family extended well beyond her immediate family. She was mom, sister, and auntie to many including her “sisters” Marjorie, Lu, Mary and Connie; her best friend Helen (who is also her daughter, Allison’s best friend); and a slew of nieces, nephews, and grands. She was not “grandma” but affectionately known as “BarBar” to her grandchildren.

She was a stalwart advocate and held bedside vigil for her two youngest grandchildren, Zion and Donovan, as they underwent multiple tests, procedures and eventually kidney transplants because of a rare kidney disease. She was a devoted BarBar and relished in the milestones and accomplishments of her grandchildren. She had special songs for each of them that she would sing with them and to them.

She is predeceased by her parents, in-laws, husband Charles Parker, husband Grant Reed Waugh, and her son Grant Reed Waugh Jr.

In her memory and in lieu of flowers, she asked that donations be made to NephCure:

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Graveside Service
March 29, 2024

10:30 AM
Georgia National Cemetery
2025 Mount Carmel Church Lane
Canton, GA 30114


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