Sept. 16, 1921 — June 14, 2013
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Elizabeth Lynette (Lyn) Mizell passed away June 14, 2013, in Placerville, Calif. She was born Sept. 16, 1921, in Whitney, S.C., to Maurice Louis deParlier and Elizabeth Matirko. Her early years were spent in Gulf Stream, Fla., south of Palm Beach, where her father was the golf course superintendent of a private club. In 1935 they moved to Tulsa, Okla., when he was offered the same position at Southern Hills Country Club, which was just being built. Lynette graduated from Tulsa Central High School in 1939 and returned to Florida, remaining there until she came to Hollywood, Calif., in May 1942. She was employed at Lockheed Aircraft, Burbank during the World War II years. After the war she was employed by the City of Los Angeles in the Health and Police Departments until her marriage in 1964 to Steven Mizell. They lived in Glendale, Calif., near his place of employment, Gladding McBean (later Interpace).
On her husband’s retirement in 1977, they moved to the Gold Hill area of El Dorado County. Lyn worked in the El Dorado County Recorder’s Office for five years before retiring. Steve passed away in 1985 and she became active serving on several boards, doing volunteer work, genealogical and historical research. She enjoyed traveling and visited several European countries, Canada, Australia and her favorites, England and Scotland.
At the time of her death Lyn was a member of the El Dorado County Historical Society, Roots and Gold Dust Genealogy Society, Friends of the Library and the El Dorado County Cemetery Advisory Committee and an active volunteer at the El Dorado County Historic Museum. She was involved in the past with the El Dorado County Commission on Aging, Snowline Hospice, Gold Country Retirement Community Board of Directors and the Cemetery Committee at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.
Lyn’s passion for reading (she called it her “vice”) led her to the one-room school at Silver Fork and its students who needed books that she was able to obtain for them through the generosity of Snowline Hospice Book Store and the late Gordon Purdy. The rewards were: for them, the Governor’s Reading Award for two years running and for her, the joy of seeing them come to enjoy reading.
With the assistance of the El Dorado Community Foundation the annual DeParlier Scholarship in Design was created for county students. This was a lifelong dream of Lyn’s, as she was unable to further her wish to become an Interior Designer due to lack of funds during the Depression years and her wish to aid others in pursuing their dreams.
Lyn was preceded in death by her husband, Steven Mizell; her father, M. L. deParlier; her mother, Elizabeth deParlier Cone; and her brothers, Jerome Louis deParlier and Edouard Leon deParlier. No services are planned. Donations may be made to the El Dorado Community Foundation or a charity of your choice.