She’s returned to the sky.
Local sorority member Rosemary Parham passed away on July 1 surrounded by her loving family. She was 70 years old.
Rosemary Lynette Parham (Grays) was born on September 20, 1949 to Lydia Grays Draines (Peebles) and Theodore Bramlett of Akron, Ohio. She spent many of her early years living with her maternal grandmother Rosabelle in Akron and would later move to Denver in 1966 to join her mother and three brothers. In Denver, she graduated from East High School, as a proud “Angel” in the class of 1967.
Eager to start a career, Ms. Parham trained as a flight attendant in the days of starched uniforms with matching caps, graduating from flight attendant school in 1968 and going on to fly for Western Airlines. She began her tenure with Western Airlines in San Francisco, before returning to Denver and flying from there.
Ms. Parham, known affectionately as “Mikki” to her family and friends, always had a hunger for education and loved literature and writing.While a married mother of two, she pursued an undergraduate degree and eventually graduated from CSU Los Angeles, with a degree in journalism. She used her writing and editing strengths in a variety of jobs with hospitals and non-profits through the years, including many years with UCLA. During her time in Los Angeles, she followed in her mother’s footsteps, becoming a member of The Order of the Eastern Star, Temperance Chapter 61 in 1994.
In 2001, Ms. Parham left Los Angeles for Sacramento to be closer to her daughters. She lived and worked in Sacramento from then on, retiring from the California Department of Education.
She became a proud member of the Eta Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in 2002, working alongside her many sorority sisters, including her own daughters, to be “of service to all mankind.” She especially enjoyed the monthly meetings and fellowship, as well as traveling for sorority conferences and meetings.
Ms. Parham worshiped as a member of the Center of Praise Ministries family, where she assisted with the youth, working with the Sunday School and with Girl Scout Troop 2381 where all four of her granddaughters were active.
She was preceded in death by her mother, her father and her brother Morris Dale Grays. She leaves behind the following family to celebrate her life and mourn her absence: daughters Monet Parham Lee (spouse: Larry Lee) and LaKisha Parham Davis (spouse: Kenneth Davis); grandchildren Maya Lee, Ania Davis, Lauryn Lee and Camryn Davis; brothers Marvin Grays and Michael Grays, ex-husband Roy Parham and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins in Akron and beyond.