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Trish Fry, a long time volunteer at MarineParents.com, passed away on January 25, 2014. Trish volunteered for our organization for eight years and logged nearly 3300 volunteer hours. She worked in the online chat room for many years, as well as in person at the corporate office for 6 years. Upon her death, Trish was just a few hours short of reaching her life-time Presidential Volunteer Service award.
Trish Fry was an incredible woman with a huge heart and a strong conviction of not only helping others, but of giving to others as well. Each year for the past several years, Trish’s birthday wish was to attend the January Care Package Project pack day in Columbia, MO, at the MarineParents.com corporate office. It was a seven hour drive (each way!) and she made it every January that the weather didn't prevent her from doing so. She always brought friends and new people to share her excitement and the good works of the organization.
Trish’s dedication to the organization didn't stop with volunteering, but rather continued in her work of tirelessly making "Marine Mom" bracelets, the sales of which supported the outreach programs of Marine Parents. Those who are lucky to have one of her bracelets have a piece of Trish's heart.
The photo below is Trish at the Marine Parents conference in St. Louis, MO (2007) standing next to Col. Bryan McCoy. I know she would be proud to share this photo with others. Her pride in the Marine Corps was incredible; her pride in her Marine son, Erich, was over the top. She loved her family and she loved her country. Trish was a true patriot. We will all remember her with love and cherish the fond memories of our time with her.
We will miss you Trish. Rest in peace friend.