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Betty Louise Parks, age 79 of Panama City, Florida passed away Friday, November 9, 2018 in a Gulf Breeze Nursing facility. She was born January 20, 1939 in Gary, Indiana, the daughter of Louis Emery and Elizabeth Szabo Emery. She attended Lew Wallace High School in Gary, Indiana graduating with the Class of 1957. She found employment in the steel industry as a key-punch operator. Betty was a very industrious woman, always striving to improve herself and was extremely motivated. She worked in the banking industry in Merrillville, Indiana and worked her way up to the position as one of the first female Vice Presidents. She left that job and began selling real estate in Missouri. Betty loved to travel both over seas and domestically and was a long time member of the Red Hat Society. She and her husband Bob were always attracted to the ocean and gulf and found their way to Panama City where they made their home. Being of Hungarian decent, Betty was a wonderful cook, an avid reader, always up-to-date on current events and was a creative thinker. In later years she was a breast cancer survivor but as ill health and dementia set in she was cared for in a nursing facility in Panama City but Hurricane Michael changed all of that. She was evacuated to Gulf Breeze where she died in the morning hours
Betty is survived by her husband of thirty plus years, Bob Parks; her daughters Lisa Pigecella and husband David, Linda Weir and husband Michael, her step children, Sabrina Thor and husband Jonas, Lee Grider and husband Brad, Russell Parks, Robert Parks, Jr., Debbie Parks and Barbie Parks. Her sister, Phyllis Knutson and husband Ronald, and her brother Robert Emery and wife Mary. Her Grandsons, Derek Pigecella and wife Lacey and Andrew Weir and Emery Weir and one great Granddaughter Hope Pigrecella also survives.
Arrangements are pending at this time and will be announced.