Dr. Christina Yates Parr

Dr. Christina Yates Parr (Retired)

Dr. Christina Yates Parr (retired) of Eudora, Kansas, formerly of Columbia, South Carolina, died on January 1, 2021. Christina was the daughter of Dr. Theodore M. Yates and Jean K. Yates who were both medical missionaries in China when Christina was born. Christina was born on October 20, 1926, in Anhwei (Anhui) Province, China where she continued to live until she was a teenager. Both parents and Christina’s brother, James K. Yates, and sister-in-law Dottie Yates preceded her in death. Christina was married to and divorced from Petro R. Parr, deceased. Three children survive from that marriage: Katherine A. Parr of Brown Summit, NC, Jean P. Hall and husband Denny of Eudora, KS and Karl P. Parr and wife Sandy of Fuquay-Varina, NC.
Christina is also survived by six grandchildren, including triplets, Christopher, Katherine and James Hall of Eudora, Kansas, and Andrew, Charlotte and Olivia Parr of Fuquay-Varina, NC. In addition, Christina is survived by her two nephews, Ted and Greg Yates of California.
Christina received her undergraduate degree from Agnes Scott University graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and her medical degree from Temple University and completed her residency in Chicago. She served as a medical missionary in Iran from 1959 to 1961 and then was in private practice in Columbia, South Carolina from 1961 until she retired in 1997. Her practice in Columbia offered the first integrated waiting room in the city. During her 36 years in private practice, Christina delivered more than 3,000 babies into this world. She moved to Eudora, KS in 2003 to be closer to her then only grandchildren. Christina was active in the Eudora United Methodist Church for many years, volunteered at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital, enjoyed gardening, reading and her Siamese cats. Christina also did mission work in Honduras, Peru, and Guatemala. She was a 20+ year survivor of breast cancer.
Memorials may be made to Eudora United Methodist Church in Eudora, KS or Shandon Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC. and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.

9 Condolences

  1. Janet Phillips(Crosby) on January 6, 2021 at 8:59 am

    I am sorry for your loss. Dr. Parr delivered my son on March 2,1967 in Columbia SC. She was a wonderful doctor. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Wanda Harris on January 6, 2021 at 10:46 am

    My sincere condolences to the family of Dr. Christina Parr. A wonderful doctor who delivered my daughter February 07, 1983 in Columbia, S.C.
    Prayers for strength during this difficult time.

  3. Jannette Hnery-Davenport on January 7, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Dr. Parr was my OBGYN until her retirement. She always had a calm, sweet and caring spirit. I always knew there was something special about her. After reading her obituary, I saw what was so special about her. She treated everyone with dignity and respect.
    To the Parr Family, thank you for sharing her with me. May you find comfort in knowing she helped so many people. Her life was a life of service.

  4. Melinda Sheppard on January 8, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    I know Heaven is Rejoicing! Dr. Parr was a great servant of God and I’m so blessed to have known her. She always had a kind word and a smile to share. My Mom shared with me about her OB Dr. Parr, who delivered me and how she had grown up in China. Then as a new L&D nurse I had the privilege of meeting her and working with her. She has left a great legacy and will be missed by all who know her. Praying for God’s comfort for you during this time of loss.

  5. DONNA DERRICK on January 10, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Loved working with Dr. Parr , She was always smiling , and keeping up with our fun , crazy office crew . Looked forward to her Christmas letters every year . Will miss her

  6. James L. Enlow on January 10, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    Dr. Parr was my mother’s OBGYN and spoke of the care she showed her while my mother was delivering me (12/17/79). What an amazing life she led, and how many lives she touched… and in fact, helped bring into the world. My deepest condolences to the family… please take solace in her legacy and all the good she did for the world.

  7. Charlene Droste on January 11, 2021 at 11:50 am

    My condolences to Christina’s family and friends. I enjoyed working with and getting to know her when she volunteered at LMH. she was kind, fun, and very intelligent. She lined her family and enjoyed her grand children. May she rest in peace.

  8. Janet Favinger on January 12, 2021 at 8:44 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. She was a very special lady. Wishing you healing and peace through this difficult time.

  9. Vardhini Balasubramanian on January 13, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Christina Parr delivered my son January 28th, 1975 in Columbia S.C. She was very kind and sweet. I didn’t speak English at that time, she was very patient with me. She was supposed deliver my daughter in 1981 New Year’s Day but she was not on call.
    Definitely miss her.

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