Beula Parks

Friday, August 4, 2017

Beula A. Parks (Perkins) passed away peacefully in Kuna, ID on July 27, 2017, in the arms of her children.

Beula was born in Glenns Ferry, ld on Oct. 2, 1939, along the Snake River, in a remodeled chicken coop, below the clay banks. She was delivered by her sister, Alice Marie.

She attended school in Glenns Ferry, where she graduated in 1958, with class mates whom became lifelong friends.

Beula was married shortly after graduation, to Dan Perkins, from Ocala, Florida, who was serving in the military. She was a homemaker for many years from California to Florida, along the southern border.

In 1972, Beula returned to Glenns Ferry with her five children, where she lived with her mother, who helped raise her children. She and Dan Perkins would later divorce.

In 1977, Beula began working for the City of Glenns Ferry, as an Animal Warden. She would also serve as a Matron. In 1980, she became one of the first female police officers in the State of Idaho.

Her career continued until 2001, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

She retired from the Elmore County Sheriff's Department, as a Correctional Officer, where once again she had made lifelong friends.

Beula went to live in Sonora California with her eldest child, Cindy Niebla. Cindy and Fred Niebla cared for her during her battle with breast cancer. David Perkins, her son, was also in Sonora with his family and was able to spend quality time, enjoying her grandchildren there.

Once she was free from cancer, she returned to Idaho, leaving behind many new friends she had made through her daughter and son-in-law.

Beula enjoyed the great outdoors. She liked to camp, fish, raise a garden, crochet and bake. She was famous for her fried chicken dinners and lasagna. She was also an accomplished baker of pies and cinnamon rolls.

Cousins visiting "Aunt Beula" remember her fondly for her kindness and cooking skills!

Beula is preceded in death by her parents, Clyde D. & Iva M. (Hunt) Parks; her siblings Robert, Mary E., Leonard, Richard, Raymond, Frankie, Winona, Russell and Bonita Parks, as well as a sister Verna Malbouef and a son Earl D. Perkins.

Beula is survived by her children Lucinda (Fred) Niebla, of Sonora, Ca., Susan (Danial) Black of Glenns Ferry, Paul (Vickery Randall) Perkins of Phoenix, Az., Daniel (Heather) Perkins of Kuna, Id and a daughter-in-law, Sandy (Henderson Perkins) of Sonora, Ca. Surviving siblings include Alice M. Calhoun of Spokane, Wa., Eunice F. (Russell) Cooney of Lakewood, Co. and one brother Herman (Kay) Parks of ldaho Falls.

Beula had many grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter.

A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday Aug. 2, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the VFW in Glenns Ferry. Interment will be at a later date in the Glen Rest Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contribution to the VFW Post 3646, Glenns Ferry would be greatly appreciated. P.O. Box 483, Glenns Ferry, ID, 83623.