Mercedes F. Parra
Mercedes F. Parra
  • June 16, 1924 - April 8, 2017
  • Tampa, Florida

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Mercedes Fiallo Parra died peacefully April 8, 2017 in the Melech Hospice House in Tampa, Florida at the age of 92 after an extended illness and valiant battle.

Mercy is survived by her daughter Dr. Beverly Parra Wilcher (Tampa, FL and Raleigh, NC), her grandson Santino A. LaRocca (Jodi) of Apex, NC, her granddaughter-like Sundea LaRocca (Santino's half sister), Tampa, and great grandchildren: Vincent M. LaRocca, Lauren A. LaRocca, Cameron M. LaRocca, and Chaseyn M. LaRocca , Apex, NC; and Nephews Dr. Dennis Parra (Mary Ellen), Tampa, Robert A. Fiallo (Vivian), Tampa, and Franklin, NC, Richard C. Fiallo (Norma) Tampa, and niece Sandra L. Fiallo, of Hiawassee, GA.

She is preceded in death by her husband Evelio "Bill" Parra, brother Robert “Bob” Fiallo, mother Isabel Carrera Fiallo, and father Jose Angel Fiallo.

Mercy was born on June 16, 1924 in Ybor City in Tampa, and married her sweetheart Bill on October 12, 1940, in New York City, where she trained and worked as a seamstress and designer with prominent interior designers. In 1959 Mercy and Bill moved back to Tampa and opened Gotham Decorators Inc., a firm that would serve regional and national interior designers on projects throughout the United States and Europe until 2014. Her creativity and skillful work was widely respected in the profession and eventually featured in Better Homes and Gardens. With her skills, grace, and artistry she brought warmth to anyone and anything she worked with.

While always dedicated to her business and loyal to her clients, Mercy was also a generous individual who loved her family and found time for extensive travel in the United States and Europe, as well as quiet moments at the beach to enjoy sunsets with the love of her life, her late husband Bill.

She was an active member of Christ the King Church in Tampa, where a requiem Catholic Mass will be held at 2 p.m. on April 20, 2017 at 821 S. Dale Mabry Hwy.

A funeral procession will gather April 22 at 1 p.m. at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 605 S. MacDill Avenue, Tampa.

All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mercy’s life as there will not be a wake.

Pallbearers include David Van Ling, Stephen Bass, Barry Moses, Nick Baio, JR Lorello, Santino LaRocca, Sandro Mazzocato, and Vincent LaRocca.

In lieu of flowers, please bring donations to the Blount & Curry Funeral Home on the day of the funeral, made to her favorite charity, the “Wounded Warrior Project.” Envelopes will be provided next to a box adjacent to the Visitor's Registry book.

The family would like to thank Melech Hospice House nurses, aides, volunteers, and clergy Father Christian Villagomeza and Sister Marie, for their kindness, empathy, and service to Mercy.

Dr. Wilcher extends “A special 'Thank You' to my friends and family who took shifts, sitting and caring for my mother Mercy so she would never be alone: Sundea LaRocca, Shelly Lorello, Mary Ellen Parra, Barry Moses,and Aziz Amoozegar; and for Joseph W. Lorello who called her twice a day minimum to ask ''are you OK”?

And additional “appreciation to my ER family and Interior Designer friends who have kept me loved and cared for throughout this difficult time.”