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“My heart aches for the passing of such a wonderful woman. I have enjoyed Joan for several years cleaning her teeth. Seeing her on my schedule was...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Teri DeWitt - Vancouver, WA

“My thoughts and prayers are with your family. ”
2 of 4 | Posted by: Danielle Berrett - Ridgefield, WA

“Be thinking of ya Gary Sr and Jr. She was such a sweet person! Always loved her laugh and that she was always smiling. You are in my thoughts and...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Chandler Olsen - Manteo, NC

“Dear Mr. Parks, Kiara, and Mrs. Parks family, My heart goes out to all whom lost a Wife, Mother, Family member, and Friend. Sadly I only had the...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Chris "The Midwest Farm Boy" Birkinshaw - UT


Joan Ellen Parks, a longtime resident of Vancouver, passed away on July 14. Her always positive and and uplifting spirit was an inspiration to the many lives she touched. Her famous "Don't tell me it can't be done" attitude was instrumental in establishing a volunteer parent-classroom helper program at the Elementary schools where she lived in San Diego county 30 years ago. She was in charge of many school halloween carnivals , fun-runs and many more activities. She had great compassion for children, the elderly and animals and did many services projects for them. She was also the President and Co-creator of a candy manufacturing company - Kaleidoscope Kandy, Inc. She is survived by her husband of 47 years Gary Lee Parks of Vancouver, WA, daughters Tiana WIlliams of Flagstaff AZ, and Kiara Parks of Salt Lake City, UT, son Gary Parks II of Rexburg, ID, and grandchildren Payton and Brielle, her sister Janet Mayhue of Coronado, CA and brother Jerald Brattmiller of Bonita, CA. Joan graduated with a teaching degree from San Diego State University where she met her husband. She loved doing the work of the Lord in service to others. A Memorial Service-Celebration of Joan's Life will be held on Saturday July 21st, 2012 at 1 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel at 2223 NW 99th St, Vancouver, WA 98685. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her name to West Columbia Gorge Humane Shelter (WCGHS, P.O. Box 270, Washougal, WA 98671).

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