Shashikala Pritamlal Parikh

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November 13, 1926 ~ April 14, 2024

Born in: India
Resided in: Duluth, GA

Shashikala Parikh was born on November 13, 1926, in Surendranagar, Gujarat, India, to Ganpatlal and Vijyagaori Parikh. She was the second oldest of six children.

She and her family moved to Dhanghadra and Jaipur during her early years. She learned English in sixth grade and attended high school at Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ School, started by the Queen of Jaipur. While her dream was to go to college to pursue medicine as her father did, she sacrificed her wishes and instead completed a home study program where she received a B.A. in Hindi. In addition to her studies, she pursued private sewing classes, allowing her to provide free sewing instruction for 3-4 hours daily to the local community. She found a new passion as a result, leading to years of sewing and knitting clothing for her family, a skill she maintained well into her eighties.

As a young adult, Shashi made some treasured memories, including traveling to Mount Abu and Delhi and horseback riding on vacations. One of her favorite activities was accompanying her father on house calls to patients’ homes by bicycle. But, since women were severely discouraged from taking on roles in medicine, Shashi found a way around this by wearing t-shirts and long pants and riding a men’s bicycle to travel from house to house. She assisted her father as a nurse, brought food to patients, and took care of patients’ children during visits. During the three years she worked by his side, from age 16 to 19, the always fearless Shashi also observed many autopsies he performed.

Around this same time, Shashi became engaged to Pritamlal Parikh. While engaged in 1942, they waited to be married until July 10, 1947, seeing each other only once a year for those 5 years. The reason for the extended engagement was because both of their grandparents had passed away between those years, and they abided by the rule of no celebrations for one year after the passing of a family member. This type of sacrifice is a testament to the type of woman Shashikala was and continued to be throughout the remainder of her life. Once married, Shashikala and Pritamlal created a life together in Nagpur, raising their three children, Ila, Naresh, and Meera. Over the years, she remained selfless, caring for her elder extended family members and spending many sleepless nights helping her children study for their exams in an effort to facilitate their success. Decades later, she took on the noble role of raising four of her grandchildren in India while her children pursued their careers in America.

Shashikala was intelligent, compassionate, vibrant, fearless, and a beautiful person inside and out. She lived to serve others, and always had a smile to share, a comforting shoulder to lean on, and wonderful words of wisdom to provide. As the matriarch, she created a lasting legacy that will be passed down to her family, inspiring them to fulfill their dreams, lead with positivity in the face of adversity, and live life to their fullest potential.

Shashikala is survived by her three children: Ila (Harish), Naresh (Asha), Meera (Kiran), seven grandchildren: Payal (Steven), Puja, Cheryl (Matthew), Michelle (Amit), Mona (Anand), Melissa (Jonathan), and Nirav (Ishita), and nine great- grandchildren: Dev, Charlie, Ariana, Sarina, Hailey, Kiran, Marlie, Shaan, and Sophie. In addition, Shashikala is preceded in death by her brother Dwarkadas (Das) and leaves behind two other brothers: Gunvantrai (GG) and Nirmal and two sisters: Hansa and Usha.

Throughout her ninety-seven years, Shashikala impacted so many lives, and those who had the great fortune of knowing her were truly blessed by her presence. Her family loved her profoundly and will be perpetually grateful to her for all of the love, kindness, and compassion she showed on an unconditional basis. Shashikala will be forever remembered and truly missed. May her soul rest in peace.


Funeral Service: April 20, 2024 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


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  1. CandleImageMotimummy,
    I love you forever. I will miss you forever. Your presence will be felt forever throughout my life and for generations to come. Thank you for paving the path of my childhood and in watching me grow into an adult. I will carry forward all the values you have taught me.


  2. CandleImageWe are very sorry to hear the loss of Shashikala Bhabhi.We wish you and your family the best during the time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family


  3. CandleImageVery much impressed by reading the history of પૂજય શશિકલા મામિ and came to know her skills and courages from childhood.. They both were family loving and used to bring some souvenir when they used to visit India🇮🇳… પરમાત્મા તેમના આત્માને શાંતિઃ અર્પે ૐ શાંતિઃ શાંતિઃ
    Dipak &Raksha, Chhoti, Mumbai

  4. CandleImageShashi Mashi has been a pillar of strength, compassion, and boundless care. Her dedication and support for all those around her were testaments to her remarkable character. We will forever cherish the memories of the times spent with Shashi Mashi, especially during her visits to Ahmedabad. We are grateful for the privilege of knowing her and will always be inspired by her strong family values.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. May her soul rest in eternal peace

    Love and heartfelt condolences from all of us

  5. Dear Meeraben,
    We are deeply saddened to hear the loss of Shashi aunty. I will always cherish the memories of the time spent with her when she had visited Porbandar. Please accept our sincere condolences. Our prayers are with your family.

  6. Bhabhu has been a pillar of strength and compassion for our family. I will always remember the time she spend with us growing up. She played a key role in building discipline and character for me. I still have the sweaters she knitted for me. Her strength and compassion always motivated me. I am glad she is in a much better world

  7. Dear Nareshbhai Ilaben Meeraben
    We are deeply saddened by Bhabhu’s loss
    As we all know she was a pillar of strength, a person of few words w/a lot of resilience compassion wisdom and love.
    I had the fortune of knowing her while growing up in India and she will always be a role model for me in years to come !
    We will miss her greatly!
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family .
    Sunil Amrita Ritika Amishi

  8. Dear Naresh kaka, Ila Faiba and Meera Faiba… I’m deeply sorry for your loss. My memories with Bhabhu are from my childhood when she always sparked some creative idea in me, whether through her encouragement in painting, academics, cooking or small projects. I will fondly treasure my memories.

    — warm regards

  9. CandleImageVery sorry to hear about this loss. You will always be there in our heart. Jai Shree Krishna

  10. CandleImageDear Ela Ben, Naresh Bhai and Meera Ben and entire family,

    We are extremely saddened and sorry to hear that our bhabhi has left for heavenly abode.

    Bhagvan satgat aatma ne Shanti ane Satgati aape avi prarthana kariye che. Kaki was kind, soft hearted soul who was always willing and ready to help each and everybody who approach her. We too when we come to Pranav’s always talk to her and have wise guidance from her experience.

    We will kwep you all in our prayers. Om Shanti🙏

    Regards, Nalini Kaki, Girish Kaka, Moushmi, Pranav, and Vivaan

  11. Sad to hear the news of Shashi aunty.
    Shashi aunty was a gem of a person.A smiling face 24 ×7 and a heartfull of love and care for every one.
    God bless the soul and may she rest in peace wherever she is.

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