Bobye M. Parkes, 85, passed away July 22 at her daughter’s home in Kirkland, Wash., where she was being cared for by family with the support of hospice.
Bobye was born in Texas, but spent most of her life in Oregon. She graduated from high school in Silverton. Following her graduation, she moved to Salem where she met her first husband Wayne Gwynn. Together they had two children. Following her divorce from Wayne, she married Allen Parkes. They had one child together. Allen preceded her in death in 1977.
Bobye and Allen bought a home in Keizer in 1959, where Bobye continued to live until shortly before her death. Bobye’s Keizer home is where she raised her children and where many happy memories were made with family and friends.
Bobye will be remembered for many things including her gardening (especially her corn), her raspberry jelly and the unconditional love she gave to her family. She was a good hearted woman who never met a stranger and was accepting of people’s differences. She was kind and funny and strong. Family and friends could always rely on her and did. Bobye often said that her greatest accomplishment in life was her family. She was our family’s foundation and it is difficult to fathom a world without her in it.
She is survived by her three children, Steve Gwynn, Lisa Brown (Eugene), Susan Parkes (Nick Atwood); her five grandchildren, Elizabeth March (Sam), Kori Graff (Daniel), Avery Brown, Ashley Brown, Elise Gwynn and one great-grandson, Elliot March.
A Celebration of Life for Bobye is being planned for later in the year. Anyone wishing to send condolences to the family or to request information about the Celebration of Life should email the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.