Mary E. Jarrell RN, BSN, HCRM
Born at Manatee Memorial Hospital, Mary is a native of Manatee County. Mary Parker was her grandfather’s sister and was like a grandmother to her. Mary spent considerable time with Ms. Parker and the Bishops as she was growing up, including celebrating holidays, birthdays, and special occasions together. Mary Parker’s nursing career influenced young Mary, and after graduating from the University of Florida, she later graduated with her nursing degree from what was then the Manatee Junior College School of Nursing, now the State College of Florida. Ms. Parker lived independently through her 100th birthday, but after fracturing her pelvis, Mary became her nurse and companion until her passing at 108 years old in 2020.