We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved mother Kathryn Elaine Parks, 75, of Billings. She left us on the morning of Nov. 15, 2019 with family by her side, and support of Riverstone Hospice.
She was born in Chicago, Illinois, at Bethany Hospital on March 8, 1944.
She was preceded in death by her mother Clara May Hoover-Parks; father James Kenneth Parks; and ex- husband Rev. Bill Tibbs. She is survived by her sister Janet Henry and brother-in-law Chet Henry, and brothers James, Kenneth, and Timothy Parks. She is also survived by her son William John Tibbs, daughter-in-law Krista Ayn Tibbs; daughter Mary Kathryn Gant; grandchildren Erwin (Brent) Gant II, Sara Ann Gant, Mckenzie Gulde, Rylee Gulde; great granddaughter Hadli Kilzer; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Kathy graduated from Central High School, Springfield, MO in 1962. She attended McPherson College, McPherson, Kansas, and graduated with a BA in History w/teaching Certificate (1966). She later obtained her Master’s in Education from Eastern Montana College (1972).
Kathy embodied her career as a teacher using every life experience as an opportunity to share her talent and understanding of the English language and her love of music.
As an elementary school teacher, she served students in Lame Deer School & Crow Agency Public School focusing on Title I Reading and English as a second language. She also taught many years at Hardin Elementary School mentoring students and enhancing the music program.
Her love for art, music, singing, literature, mediation, and travel are contagious. You could always find Kathy out and about hugging a former student and reminiscing about old times in her classroom. Even after her retirement in 2009, you could find her sharing walks through town, at the local swimming pool or delivering her famous Challah bread twists to friends that she considered family in the Hardin community for the holidays. She connected with people through her teachings of music, yoga, and mediation. She especially enjoyed studying yoga with swami.
In her “free time” you could find Kathy participating in events that expanded her knowledge in many areas. She also wrote feature articles for the Hardin Tribune-Herald, sang in the Billings Symphony Choral, and played guitar and oboe with the Billings Community Band. She was also active in the Big Horn Reading Council and Women’s Circle of UCC.
Her fun spirit could be coined as Predictable – Unpredictable, but with the guarantee she would leave you with a smile on your face!
We would like to thank Reiko and Ben, Bonnie and Dave and Linda Yager for their friendship and love.
Private family services will be held at a future date.
Memorials can be made in Kathy’s name to the Big Horn County Museum or the charity of your choice.