DeLores Parks, 92, passed away January 27, 2023, in Boise, Idaho. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to many.
Born August 6, 1930, in Emmett, Idaho to parents Floyd Albert Fulgham and Goldie Alice (Payton) Fulgham. She grew up on the family farm (corner of Central/Jackson) in Emmett with two older brothers (Jim and Donald--Fuzz) and two younger sisters (Fern and Patti), attended grade schools at Brick Elementary and Central Mesa, and graduated from Emmett High School in 1948. DeLores always wanted to be a nurse and attended college at Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington in 1951, later transferring to Boise Junior College when she married Jack H. Crosby and started a family in 1951. School would have to wait, as she soon had four children to care for—Michael, Carolyn, and Marilyn (deceased), and Jacqueline. She still had visions of becoming a nurse though, and these aspirations would be fulfilled after her divorce from Jack and when the family moved to Boise in 1964. Once again, she was enrolled at Boise Junior College (which became Boise College, a four-year college, in 1965, and Boise State University in 1974) in the nursing program, and this time she finished her Registered Nursing degree and then went on to a career working at St. Luke’s Hospital in their emergency room and then as the nurse in charge of the Health Service’s Office before finally retiring in 1986.
She married George LaVar Parks August 3, 1968. They lived together on the bench in Boise until LaVar’s passing in November 2017. LaVar also had four children prior to the marriage—Linda, Larry, Loren, and Layna—so the combined family was quite large, but several were already adults and had gone out on their own prior to the marriage. Between the two families there are twenty-two grandchildren, and many great grandchildren.
DeLores was a talented crafter, making jewelry and beading, and also an excellent gardener with quite the rose garden and numerous other flowering beds she tended. She also enjoyed travelling as she and LaVar spent many warm summer nights on their houseboat, “The Damn Thing” at Lake Powell, and warm winter nights (at least warmer than Idaho winters) at their trailer at the Burrwood Trailer Park in Quartzite, Arizona.
A Memorial Graveside Service will be held Saturday, May 13, 2023, at 11:00 AM at the Emmett Cemetery, Emmett, Idaho.
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