Isabel M. ‘Izzy’ Parks |

Isabel M. ‘Izzy’ Parks

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Isabel Parks, of Rifle, passed away peacefully Nov. 25, 2008, at the Family Health West Care Center in Fruita.

Izzy was born July 1, 1927, in Viola, Iowa, to Robert and Ruth (Todd) Bruce. She graduated from Viola High School.

She married Carl Parks on March 29, 1947. During their marriage, they were blessed with two children. Mr. Parks worked as a lineman, and they moved from job to job building power lines across the U.S., bringing them to Rifle in 1960.

During her working years, Izzy had many accomplishments. During the ’70s, she worked for the Rifle Telegram in advertising sales. People she met through this job led to opening a business, Antonelli Industries, first sewing clothes for Aspen Hattie. This led to meeting Claus Obermeyer and making ski jackets for Sport Obermeyer. This led to meeting Dr. Robert Smith, inventor of the Smith Ski Goggle. Antonelli Industries was the original home for manufacturing these goggles. The operation was moved to Ogden, Utah, in 1977. Izzy stayed in Colorado but went to the Front Range for a few years. She worked in Loveland at a home for troubled teens.

After retirement, Izzy moved back to the Western Slope. She spent the last years of her life doing what she loved most ” sewing. She was a member of the Anvil Points Quilt Guild for years.

She was a loving mother, friend and confidant to many, and will be truly missed.

She is survived by son Stephen Parks of Montrose; daughter Nettie (Mike) Miller of Rifle; grandson Hank Parks; and great-grandchildren.

Izzy was preceded in death by her husband and her brother.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Rifle Funeral Home, 1400 Access Road.

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