Billie Lou Parks passed away peacefully of natural causes on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the age of 83. Billie Lou was born in Los Angeles, Calif. to Bill and Louise Krieger. She graduated from South Gate High School in 1948 and married the love of her life, Kenny Parks, on October 16, 1948. The couple moved to Downey, Calif. in 1958 where they raised their family for 30 years. In 1988, Kenny and Billie Lou retired and built their dream home on their property in Templeton, where they enjoyed working in the yard, driving the back roads of the Central Coast, picnicing in Cambria and hosting family gatherings. Kenny and Billie Lou shared 57 wonderful years of marriage together until Kenny's death in 2005. Billie Lou leaves behind a son Robert (Laura) Parks; daughter Kathy (Terry) Rupple; son William (Sharon) Parks; and sister Dianne McAlister. Billie Lou was affectionately called "Kaka" by her grandchildren Terra (Drew) Gengo, Tessa (Darryl) Hottinger, Rachel Parks and Evan Parks; and seven great- grandchildren. Known as "Auntie LuLu", Billie Lou was loved by her nephew Michael (Therese) Olivero and nieces Lorraine (Phil) Daigneault, Cheryl Olson and Laurie Jean (Dwight) Daniels. She was preceded in death by her brother Keith Krieger; brother-in-law Maurice McAlister; and niece Karla Drew. Billie Lou will be remembered for her outgoing personality, love and support for family and friends and her unending loyalty to the Los Angeles Lakers and her favorite NASCAR driver, Jeff Gordon. She also enjoyed meeting with a group of her friends and family for their monthly game of Bunco. Billie Lou actively supported her favorite charities and in lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in her honor to St. Jude Hospital, Hospice Partners of The Central Coast, or the Veterans Association of America. A celebration of life will be arranged for a later date.
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on June 15, 2014