Irmagene Louise Parks, former of Newkirk, died Friday, June 7, 2019 at her home in Guthrie. She was 90.
The daughter and one of 12 children of Archie John and Minnie (Speers) Maze, Irmagene was born April 3, 1929 in Hardy, Okla. She grew up and began her education in Hardy, attending through the 7th grade. She lived with her sister in Wynona while she attended high school and graduated with the class of 1947.
On Nov. 8, 1947 Irmagene and Frank Parks were married in Rosenberg, Tex., and they established their first home there. Later the company her husband worked for transferred him to Wallace, then to Fort Stockton, and in 1969 the family moved to Pecos. Mr. Parks died July 7, 1987. Following her husband’s death, Irmagene moved to Odessa and later to Guthrie where she has since resided.
Irmagene was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church of Guthrie and WMU. She liked to go fishing, boating, traveling in their mobile home and camping. She enjoyed puzzles, coloring, spending time with her cat and watching the Lawrence Welk Show. She liked to give help when help was needed. She relished time spend with her family and talking with them.
Irmagene is survived by her children, Norman Frank Parks of Denton, Tex., Rosemary Denise Hart of Guthrie, and Norman James Parks also of Guthrie who was a grandson and was adopted by Irmagene and Frank Parks; a sister, Betty Maze of Pasadena, Tex.; three grandchildren, John Ray Hart of Purcell, Okla., and James Scott Hart of Guthrie; and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to Frank, Irmagene’s husband of 38 ½ years, she was preceded in death by two children, Debra Jean Titus and Dale Allan Parks; her parents; and siblings, Kenneth, Orville, Vern, Velma, Dorothy, Zola, Elvin, Woodrow, Clifford and Colleen.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 1929 in the Newkirk Cemetery with the Rev. Gene Chaplin of Companion Hospice of Guthrie officiating. Miller-Stahl Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. The body will lie in state at the funeral home Thursday, the day of the service, from 9 a.m. until noon.
Those serving as casket bearers will be James Hart, Norman Parks, Clifford Mills, Dean Mills, David Hinton, and Doyle Hinton. Honorary bearers are Harry Van Hoy and Marvin Van Hoy.
The family request that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Irmagene Parks’ name to Camp McFadden in Ponca City, the location of the family reunions for a number of years. Miller-Stahl Funeral Home will act as custodian for the memorial fund, and contributions which may be mailed to the funeral home at P.O. Box 461, Newkirk 74647-0461.
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