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Mary Louise Parks Dye


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Mary Louise Parks Dye Obituary

Mary Louise Parks Dye was a 20-year resident of Tularosa. She passed away Jan. 23, 2015, at her home surrounded by her family.

Mary Louise Parks was born June 16, 1924, in Laplata County, Colo., to George and Chrysella Waldner Parks at her grandparents' ranch along the Florida River northeast of present day Lemon Reservoir.
She was the granddaughter of Laplata County homesteaders Alois and Rosa Roracher Waldner and Samuel and Lydia Bishop Parks. Mary attended rural Laplata County schools starting at Cascade, and then went to Columbus while living at the Parks ranch on the Pine River.
She attended school through eighth grade as many of her generation did. Later obtained her general equivalency diploma after her children started school. Mary spent her first 50 years in rural Laplata County before moving to Phoenix, Ariz., to be near her daughter Diana, granddaughter Kathryne Reese and their family. She spent seven years in Arizona before returning to Colorado. She lived in the Rifle-Parachute area for 14 years.

She retired in 1995 after working in food services at several hospitals including Mercy Hospital in Durango, Colo., Good Samaritan in Phoenix, Ariz., and Clagett Memorial in Rifle, Colo.
In July 1995 she moved to Tularosa to spend her retirement years near her daughter Esther and family but returned to Colorado each summer to visit family.

Mary is survived by her children Diana Conklin of Phoenix, Ariz., Chrysella Campbell of Grand Junction, Colo., Barbara Dye of Durango, Colo., Carol Hall (Ed Walker) of Tularosa, Skeeter Schmitz (Buddy) of Regina, Dolores Cugnini (Mark Dickson) of Durango, Colo., Esther Bridge (Jimmy) of Tularosa, Pauline Dye of Durango, Colo., and Thomas Dye of Penrose, Colo. She is also survived by nineteen grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mary loved the outdoors, and enjoyed many outdoor activities, including camping and fishing. She traveled throughout the western United States, Canada and Alaska. Mary's hobbies included crocheting, quilting, gardening, canning, reading, photography and working jig saw puzzles. She was independent and lived in her own home, but loved spending time with her family.

Direct Cremation will take place under the care of PCS Direct Cremation Services.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.cremation-pcs.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 28 to Feb. 27, 2015
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