Red Cross mourns Betty Parks, long time Red Cross volunteer

Betty Parks, American Red Cross of Wyoming
For over three decades, Betty served as a volunteer for the American Red Cross.

For over three decades, Betty served as a volunteer for the American Red Cross. She trained firefighters, EMTs, park rangers, and climbing guides in CPR and First Aid. She also ran a Red Cross first-aid station out of the Slide In. During this time, she also served as a state-certified EMT and first responder. She was one of the founding members of the Teton County Jeep Patrol, one of the original search and rescue organizations in the valley. She was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, riding as a spotter with pilot Virginia Huidekoper.

Betty was self-taught artist who was a painting instructor for students throughout Teton County. After she retired, she had time to paint, fulfilling a life-long desire.

Betty moved to an assisted living facility in Idaho Falls, Idaho in 2001, but was able to return home to Jackson with the opening of River Rock Lodge in 2004 as its first resident. After she returned to Jackson, Betty spent time visiting her family and friends, painting, and playing her favorite game - pinochle.

Betty was dearly loved by her family. She is survived by her three children, Russell Conley (Cathy), Patty Caldwell (James “Slink”), and Millie Parks (Lane Raper), her six grandchildren, James “Jim” “Jamie” Flower, Candace “Candy” Conley, Bridgette Conley, Andy Flower, Tammy Yasrobi, and Sharon Yasrobi, and two great-grandchildren Lillyanna “Lilly” Flower and Alyssa McCarty. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Wilhelmina “Billie” Howe, her brother George Graham, and her grandson Shane Conley.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wyoming K9 Search and Rescue or American Red Cross Bridger Teton Branch. A memorial service is being planned and details will be available at a later date.