Norma Parks was born to Roy and Della Walker in Blackfoot ID, in October 1922. Her father was a cheesemaker. Later they moved about in Oregon as her dad worked in construction, ranching, milling, and renovating homes.
Norma was severely injured as a child when a log rolled over her and she was told she may never walk again. Undaunted, Norma went on to walk and to develop a passion for dancing. She was once recruited by Arthur Murray dance studios.
Norma married Leslie Buss in 1941. In 1942, they had a son, but later divorced. Norma’s mother cared for her son while Norma worked.
1n 1945, Norma met Allen Parks who was serving in the Coast Guard in Oregon. They married September 11, 1946. In 1951, they settled in Calistoga where they raised six children and lived the rest of their lives. Allen worked for the telephone company 42 years.
As a homemaker, Norma served as a Scout den mother, PTA volunteer, and Sunday School teacher. She loved sewing, baking and preserving foods, often making entries in the Napa County Fair. She and Allen continued dancing into their senior years.
Norma’s later interests were gardening, family, and her cats. She prided herself in having ripe tomatoes July 4th, sharing with friends and family. She loved cats, rescuing many during her life. She was known for her friendly smile, quick wit, and enduring wisdom. She was an honored fixture at the Sol Bar Restaurant, where she dined once a week, chatting with strangers and staff alike.
A strong woman of great love and faith, Norma was taken home to the Lord on March 14. She was much loved and will be sorely missed. She is survived by Calvin and Gloria Buss of Mapleton OR, Richard Parks of Ione CA, Patrick and Denice Parks of Sebastopol, Valerie Truscott of Sacramento, 15 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, 19 great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Earl, sister Vera Lambert, husband Allen, son William Parks, son Paul Parks, grandsons Scott Parks and William A. Parks Jr, great grandson Jessie Dasher, great granddaughter Lacy Ruthford and Lacy’s baby as well.
A Memorial Service/Reception will be held at Highlands Christian Fellowship, 970 Petrified Forrest Rd., in Calistoga on Saturday March 25, at 11:00 AM. Please join us in celebrating her life.
Visitation will be held Friday March 24th from 1:00-2:45 pm at Morrison’s Funeral Chapel, 1297 Pine St. St. Helena. Internment is at 3:00 pm at the St. Helena Public Cemetery, 2461 Spring St.