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 Norma Kay <I>Williams</I> Parkins

Norma Kay Williams Parkins

Grants Pass, Josephine County, Oregon, USA
Death 17 Mar 2011 (aged 75)
Grants Pass, Josephine County, Oregon, USA
Burial Grants Pass, Josephine County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID 102010280 · View Source
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Norma "Kay" Parkins, 75, of Grants Pass died March 17, 2011, at her home.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church. Hull & Hull Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship, P.O. Box 755, Grants Pass, OR 97528; or to Faith Baptist Church, 3405 Williams Highway, Grants Pass, OR 97527.

One of three children, she was born Feb. 4, 1936, in Grants Pass to F.R. "Buster" and Jane Williams. When she was a young girl, she lived in Hilt, Calif., Susanville, Calif., Janesville, Calif., and Melrose. Her family eventually settled in Wimer, where she grew up milking cows, shocking hay, herding cattle and helping her mother with chores. She attended school in Wimer and Rogue River. In 1954, she graduated from Rogue River High School, where she was voted homecoming queen.

After graduating, she worked in a variety of jobs and did some traveling. She worked at Mann's Department Store in Medford for 3 1/2 years and then worked as an assistant bookkeeper for Crater Plywood. In 1961, she married Bob Parkins, who died in June 2010. In the early 1970s, they purchased a Mr. Swiss restaurant franchise, which they opened in the A-frame building on E Street, where Jimmy's Drive In is today. A short time after opening the restaurant, the Mr. Swiss chain began to decline, so she and her husband went independent and changed the name to The Cave In. They owned the restaurant for 12 years, and their children worked there throughout their high school years, along with several of their friends.

After selling The Cave In in the early 1980s, her husband went to work as a long-haul truck driver, and she rode with him whenever she could. She also worked in the Grants Pass office of Child Evangelism Fellowship for several years during the late 1980s to the early 1990s.

She enjoyed working with children and was active in Child Evangelism Fellowship for 46 years, serving as a teacher and supervisor for Good News Clubs in local elementary and middle schools and working in CEF's booths at local events. Along with her husband, she served as a committee member on CEF's state board, and they also served together as directors of CEF's Josephine District for several years.

Survivors include a son, Scott Parkins of Grants Pass; a daughter, Shelly Wager of Medford; two brothers, Bruce Williams of Portland and Craig "Windy" Williams of Lake Oswego; and three grandchildren.

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  • Created by: Mark Johnson
  • Added: 10 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 102010280
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Norma Kay Williams Parkins (4 Feb 1936–17 Mar 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 102010280, citing Hawthorne Memorial Gardens, Grants Pass, Josephine County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Mark Johnson (contributor 47221397) .