Hazel Irene Parks, 96, a homemaker from Conrad, Montana and long time Pittsburg, Kansas resident, peacefully passed away and joined her Savior, family and friends Friday, December 17, 2010 at her son’s residence due to natural causes.

Hazel Irene Parks, 96, a homemaker from Conrad, Montana and long time Pittsburg, Kansas resident, peacefully passed away and joined her Savior, family and friends Friday, December 17, 2010 at her son’s residence due to natural causes.

Hazel was born November 2, 1914 at Harrison, AR, to Forrest & Minnie (Stacey) Wray, the oldest of 5 children where she grew up on the family farm. She attended Elmwood Elementary School and Harrison High School graduating Valedictorian of her class in 1929.

She married Felix T. Parks March 29, 1935 by Rev. Billy Nicholson at Bellefonte, Arkansas. Although she never attended college, she educated herself by reading and staying abreast of current events and politics. They moved to Pittsburg in 1942 where he worked for the Kansas City Southern Railroad for many years. They celebrated 50 years of marriage in 1986.

She was a homemaker and only worked outside the home at Pittcraft Printing for a short time. Her home was her castle and she excelled at cooking, sewing and decorating.

She lived in her home until 2007 when she moved into the Guest Home Estates. In 2008, because of ill health, she moved to Conrad, MT to live with her son and daughter-in-law Felix & Marilyn. She adjusted quite well after 66 years as a city girl and began to see the beauty and benefits of Montana that her son saw. However her roots were still strong in the Kansas prairies and Arkansas Ozarks and requested to be buried by her husband of over 60 years in Pittsburg, KS.  

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Eastern Star and the Progressive Study Club.  Active in bible studies, the Foreign Student Program at Pittsburg State College and Democratic Women’s Club. She enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Hazel accepted the Lord as a child at the old camp meetings. Highlighted in her bible were these scriptures, Rom 5: 9-11; Heb 5: 7-10; and Heb 7: 24 & 25.

Survivors  include her son and daughter-in-law, Felix W. and Marilyn Parks of rural Conrad, MT; sister, Wiladean Warren of Green Leaf, ID; grandson, Mike Parks of Conrad, MT; granddaughters, Mindy (Rob) Troester and Beth  (Robin) Vanderwel, both of Colorado Springs, CO; as well as 7 great-grandchildren along with numerous nieces & nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Felix T. Parks in 1995; and brothers, Vance Wray, Raymond Wray and Joe Wray.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday (December 28) at the Brenner Mortuary with Rev. Jim Akins officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. Tuesday until service time at the funeral home. Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. Monday. Burial will follow in the Highland Park Cemetery.  Online condolences may also be left at www.brennermortuary.com.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, KS.