THE BLAINE COUNTY JOURNAL, NEWS-OPINION Wednesday, February 25, 1998
Emma Marie Parks, 77, passed away on February 2, 1998, in Vancouver, WA. Funeral services were held at the Memorial Gardern Funeral Chapel at 3:00 p.m. on February 5, 1998. Officiating were Pastor Glenn Munson of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Vancouver where Emma was a member, and her nephew, Pastor John Breitmeier of Albany, OR. Pastor Munson sang "In the Garden" and "There is a Savior". Life Sketch was read by Doris Krenzier and a letter to his sister (which he had written) was read by George Breitmeier. Vault interment was in the Garden of the Times at the Evergreen Memorials Gardens Cemetery in Vancouver. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kaiser Hospice, 2701 N.W. Caughn St., Portland, OR 97201. Relatives attending from Montana were Harvey and Lee Parks of Eureka and Jay, Anna Marie anf Allen Parks of Harlem.
Emma, the fourth of six children, was born on March 17, 1920, to Fred and Matilda Breitmeirer on their homestead near Harlem. Growing up in this often harsh land taught life-long lessons of survival, thriftiness and strong work ethic. It also instilled in her the skills of homemaking anf nurturing the family.
The English languare was used in the old country school that she and her brothers and sister attended. German was spoken at home, so she had to learn nglish at school. During her childhood entertainment consisted of playing granary with her brothers John anf Rudy, playing musical instruments with family anf friends and visiting neighbors. On her 16th birthday Emma was given a mandolin of her own. During those early years there were only a few trips to Harlem some 14 miles away.
One of the only times she was away from home was when she had to stay at the hospital to repair a hip joint. Unfortunately her father couldn't stay with her all the time and she was frightened of being left alone that he left his overshoes in her room to make her think that he was still there. As part of her treatment she needed to wear a body cast for several months, whichrestricted her activities. One day her brothers decided to help her escape the confines of the house by going through a small window. However, this escape was foiled when she became stuck because of the cast. Rudy went inside and pushed while John pulled from the outside. Finally she fell through the window and landed on top of John.
On March 5, 1940, Emma married Garold Parks in Havre. She was 19. They were blessed with four children, two boys and two girls. In 1942 they moved to Portland, OR and Garold worked in the shipyards. A couple years later they returned to Montana to farm. In 1947 they moved to Waspato, WA where her brother August was living. Finally, in 1956, they moved to Vancouver, WA and lived on a 15 acre farm north of Camas where Emma maintained a beautiful yard and garden. ach spring one of her favorite pastimes was watching the deer raise their young in and around her yard.
Their home was a gathering place for family 4th of July picnics and watching Blazer play-off games on her satellite dish. After they sold the farm Emma enjoyed visiting at her daughter'shouse where she was able to work in the garden. She cherished the memories of the radke Family reunions and the fun times with her family. Emma was fun-loving with a delightful sense of humor that served her until the day she slipped into a coma near the end of her life.
On March 5, 1990, Emma and Garold celebrated their 50th Weding Anniversary with family and friends. At that time she was able to wear the same suit that she was married in and she requested that she be buried in it also.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Garold; two daughters, Lois Duncan and son-in-law Ted of Walla Walla, WA and Delores Denny and son-in-law Richard of Vancouver, WA; two sons, Dick and Warren Parks both of Vancouver, WA; three brothers, August Breitmeier of Moses Lake, WA, RudolphBreitmeier of Harlem, and George Breitmeier of Milwaukie, OR; one sister, Matilda Lyseng of Milwaukie, OR; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles, neices, nephews and cousins.
Her brother John Breitmeier preceded her in death in December of 1991.