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Remembering my Grandmother – Mary Virginia Ball Parks

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Today, if my grandmother Mary Parks were still here, she would be 100 years old.  I can’t imagine.  She’s been gone since 2007 and it seems like forever.

She was such a vital part of making me who I am. From the time my grandfather died in 1978, she was a part of my daily life because she moved in with us.  At first, we shared a room and it never really bothered me unless I wanted to play when General Hospital, Dallas, Knots Landing or Trapper John MD was on and then it was silence or risk her wrath.  She had quite the temper when she was mad, but she was still really good to me.

She rubbed Jergens Lotion on with a vengeance and to this day when I smell it, I think of her and it’s comforting.  She was there when I got home from school, she was there if I was sick.  She took me to Dr.’s and Dentist’s.  She cooked our meals and did our laundry while Mom and Dad worked.  She was always there if I wanted to go somewhere.  I can’t tell you how many hours she sat outside Indianhead Lake Pool in her lawn chair under the tree so I could swim.

She has really been on my mind today and so I put together this video with pictures from her life.  What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong was the very last song she heard.  I had the privilege to be with her as she left this world and went into the arms of our Father, with this song playing on my phone laying on her pillow.

I love you and miss you Poo!  Thank you for being my grandmother!

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Happy Birthday Momma!

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Today is my Momma’s 29th Birthday.  Teasing!  She’s 76.  That would be kinda cool though, that would mean I would get a do-over.  But, then again so would she and would I be here?  I’ll just stick with things the way they are now that I think about it.

Although, I would like to trade her Alzheimer’s in.  It’s something I wouldn’t wish anyone to go through.  Ever.  She handles it better than all of us.  Since she got diagnosed with it last Aug, never once, not one time, has she said “Oh, woe is me.”  Her concern has always been for Dad, and all of us and what she feels she is putting us through.  My Momma’s a trooper!  I could only hope that if I ever have to go through something like this, I do it with the grace my Momma is doing it with.

Now, I’ll share some photos with you of my Momma.  These are some of my favorites.

Mom

Mom

Mom

Look at Momma raising that dress up and showing some leg! Ha

Mom and Nanny Parks

Poo, Mom, and Daddy O. I love this picture. They are at the Grand Canyon

Mom on her horse Czar. She rode him all the time by herself, and loved this horse. She still talks about him all the time. He ran away with her once and her Dad jumped bareback on another horse and came and saved her.

Mom, I love those Shirley Temple curls!

My Mom's cousin Ann, and Mom

I love this picture, Poo is trying to get her pose on, and Mom is photo bombing!!

Mom, 8 years old

Poo and Mom

Mom, she loved this bicycle. She still talks about it all the time.

Mom and her friend Josie

Mom and Josie, nice tubes girls!

Mom

Mom

Mom and Dad, they dated in High School, but broke up when they went to college.

1954, Mom as Homecoming Sponser at Arkansas High School in Texarkana.

Mom, college days

Mary, Bill and Mary Helen Parks - Christmas 1955.

Mom and Ann

Mom

Mom

Mom and Dad, on their wedding day. 11 Sep 1964

Mom and Dad, on their 25th Wedding Anniversary

Mom and her friend Josie

Mom and Dad, Thanksgiving 2011

Dad, Aunt Jane, Mom and Uncle Charlie, Christmas 2011

Mom

Happy Birthday Mom, oh how we love you!!

Happy Birthday Butch!

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Today is my brother Butch’s birthday, and since so many of you liked the pictures of Dad that I posted, I thought I would post some of Butch.

He may kill me.

Pray for me people.

Marge, Rufus holding Butch

 

Memaw (Edna) and Butch

Here's Little Butch, so cute!

Jack Starks and Butch.

Butch

Butch

Gene, Butch, BJ

BJ, Butch, Gene, and Dad

BJ, Butch holding John, and Gene

Bepaw (Earl), Butch, and Gene

Butch, Gene, BJ and John

Butch

Butch, nice plaids Bro!

Way to go Bro!

 

BJ, Butch, Gene, and Marge

Pam, Butch, Ben and Melissa, Christmas

Melissa, Butch, Rufus, Pam, Mary Helen and Ben

Dad, Memaw, Butch, John, and Jonathan

Melissa and Butch

Pam, Melissa, Butch, Mary Helen, Rufus, Jud, Leslie, Justin, Michael, Ben, Esbeida, Christmas 2011

Butch, this is a great picture.

Happy Birthday Brother!  We love you, and we hope you enjoy this day, and many more to come.

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Happy Birthday Daddy!

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Today is my Dad’s 78th Birthday.  I thought I would share some pictures with you of him throughout his life.

Funny story about this picture.  Dad told me on several different occasions that Aunt Jane was always tugging on his ear, and he couldn’t stand it.  When Aunt Jane let me borrow some photo albums to scan, I found this gem.  There she is, tugging on his ear.  Dad was mortified more about the dress though. HA!

Dad and Aunt Jane

 

Dad and Aunt Jane

 

Dad and Aunt Jane

 

Dad and Aunt Jane

 

Dad

 

Dad

 

Memaw (Edna), Bepaw (Earl), Dad and Aunt Jane

 

Earl, Edna, Jane, and Rufus

 

Dad

 

Dad standing second from left. This article I found clipped inside Big Momma's (his grandmother Mollie Harris) Bible.

 

Rufus

 

Rufus

 

Rufus

 

Rufus April 1955

 

Rufus

 

Rufus Higginbotham, Cardinals in the Minors

You can find his stats on baseball.com, but he says they aren’t right, they don’t have all his games listed.

Rufus and Marge

 

Aunt Jane, Memaw, and Dad

 

Dad and Bepaw

 

Rufus and Marge

 

Marge and Rufus on their Wedding Day

 

Memaw and Dad

 

Dad and my Mom

 

Dad and my Mom

 

Dad and my Mom on their Wedding Day

 

Dad and Memaw

 

Dad and Aunt Jane, the last time they saw each other.

 

Dad

Happy Birthday Dad!  We love you and wish you many more!

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