Leorie Parks



AUG. 7, 1909 – FEB. 4, 2007

Leorie Parks (Curl) was born in Harrington, Washington, USA. At the age of six she moved with her parents and older brother and sister to Ponoka, Alberta. After graduating she went to work cooking for a grain harvesting crew. There she met her future husband, Dave Parks.

In 1931 they were married, and moved on to their own farm. Over the years she raised many hundreds of chickens, had a big garden, helped with all aspects of caring for farm animals, and helping out with all farm chores. Canning foods, picking wild berries, were a large part of her fall routine. In all of this mix, she raised a daughter.

In 1947 she moved with her husband Dave and daughter Leolla to Enderby, B.C. There she still had her garden, chickens and also a big field of strawberries that she sold to local people and stores.

Leorie and Dave moved to Smithers in 1952, where they built and operated the Parkette Auto Court. She was always busy in her garden and because an avid fisherman. She enjoyed curling and bowling and was active in the Lioness Club.

The last 40 years she has resided on her small farm near Telkwa. Her husband of 53 years passed away in 1984. Her yard and her garden became her pastime. Her passion was her three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. “Granny’s” cookie jar was always full of delicious homemade cookies waiting for the little ones. “Gran’s” became the place to go for a morning coffee to catch up on the news or for a sympathetic ear to listen to problems and receive kind and sage advice.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her daughter Leolla; three grandchildren, Dave (Lesley) Helps, Dan (Kelly) Helps, Holly (Ed) Pottinger and six great-grandchildren who will long remember the cookie jar: Cassidy and Brittany Helps, William and Catherine Helps, Whitney and Grant Pottinger.

To a wonderful Mom and friend. Plus an unforgettable “Granny”.

Rest in Peace. You have earned it.

A Special Thanks

To the Northern Health Home Support caregivers who came to her home, twice a day, which allowed her to spend her last year surrounded by her family.

To the Doctors and Nurses at B.V. Hospital, who helped make her last days as comfortable as possible.

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