Helen Louise Withey Parks1918 ~ 2012Helen Louise Withey Parks, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend passed away peacefully on Monday, January 23, 2012, surrounded by her children. Helen was born on November 8, 1918 in Magna, Utah to Albert James and Lilly Robinson Withey. She was raised in the shadow of the Oquirrh Mountains and there made lifelong friendships with Jane, Wilma and June. She graduated from Cyprus High School.Helen married Aaron Levi Parks on June 28, 1940. They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Jordan River Temple on January 6, 1984. Helen and Levi were pioneers in Sandy City, as they made their home on a dirt road currently known as 90th South. Helen and Levi became the parents of four children, Carl, Larry, Linda and Colleen, who brought much joy to their home. Prior to Levi's death in 1990, they enjoyed many summer camping trips with the Good Sam Club, organizing many of their annual outings. These trips with the fifth-wheel were often shared with their grandchildren leaving memories of laughter, love, and good times.Helen was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many capacities including 23 years as the Relief Society Homemaking Leader and 55 years as a Visiting Teacher. Helen was devoted to the sisters that she served.Helen was an active member of the Sandy City Senior Center. She served in the Center for 33 years, both with Levi and on her own, organizing food and humanitarian drives, cooking in their kitchen, and heading many of their events. She was an active and faithful member of the Sandy Mingo Camp of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers.Helen was known for her beautiful crochet work. Her hands were seldom idle, even in her final days. Her work continues to warm the homeless, swaddle new babies, and adorn the walls of many homes throughout the West. She was seldom without her crochet, and in times without it, her hands formed the patterns without thread.Her legacy of love, laughter, faith, and service will continue through the lives of the many people she has touched. We love and miss her.Helen was preceded in death by her parents and siblings; her loving husband, Levi; a son, Carl; a grandson, Randy; granddaughter, Angela; and great-grandsons, Colton Martinez and Joshua Parks. She is survived by her son, Larry (Jean) Parks; daughters, Linda Jordan, and Colleen (David) Goff; grandchildren, Lisa, Christine, James, Becki, Michelle, Bret, April, Jeff, and Tracey; 20 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 27, 2012 at the Goff Mortuary located at 8090 South State, Midvale, Utah. There will be a viewing at 10:00 a.m., with the funeral service following at 11:00 a.m.www.goffmortuary.com