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Marjorie Parmley

October 28, 1921 — October 13, 2017

Marjorie Parmley was called home to heaven October 13th 2017 at the age of 95.

Marjorie (Marge) M. (Owensby) Parmley, was born October 28, 1921, in Shamrock, Oklahoma, to James L. Owensby and Blanche I. Owensby. Marge out lived her 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

In 1931 her family moved to Paonia, Colorado, where they raised fruit and livestock. They moved to another house where they raised hay, grain, sugar beets and beans for sale and to use for food, helping them survive the Depression. During her senior year of high school she worked in a boarding house waiting tables and helped with the cooking and cleaning. Marge graduated from Paonia High School in 1939.

Marge asked Jesus Christ to be her Lord and Savior when she was 17 years old and her faith in Christ sustained her through many painful trials, both physical and emotional. For years she was a member of Potter Valley Bible Church where she taught and shared her faith. She was currently a member of Kimberly Christian Church.

Her life spanned from the early 20th century, where she lived without many comforts such as electricity and plumbing in their home, using coal for heat. She traveled by walking, horseback and Model A Ford.
Marge married Francis E. Parmley June 16, 1941. They lived in Colorado and California where they worked on cattle ranches for many years, then retired and moved to Idaho. Four children were born to them, two daughters and two sons. She was an exceptional mother, homemaker and her children are blessed.

After moving to Idaho, Marge worked for American Micro Systems for ten years. She spent several years tutoring prospective citizens in reading and other skills. She also worked and traveled with Wycliff Bible Translators for a short time. She was a very intelligent, and loving woman.

She was an accomplished seamstress and enthusiastic square dancer. She enjoyed painting scenes she was familiar with and places from her memory until her eye sight failed. Even though blind she was able to stay in her home and take care of herself due to her strong, courageous and thankful spirit.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters, husband, son-in-law Cecil Hopwood, grandson Daniel Southworth and grand-daughter in-law Stephanie Southworth.

Marge is survived by her 4 children: daughter; Joyce Hopwood of Kimberly, Idaho, son; Andy Parmley of Alamo, Texas, daughter; Jeanne Tipler and husband Edward, of the Mojave Desert, California, son; Don Parmley and wife Dede of Clearlake, California. Also 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and 3 great, great grandchildren, as well as other relatives and friends whom she loved and shared many special times with.


While treasuring fond memories, family members and friends will greatly miss this dear lady.

In lieu of flowers the family asks you make donations to either The Carol and Rodney Hopwood Benefit or Kimberly Christian Church. Donations for The Carol and Rodney Hopwood Benefit send in C/O Lauren Peters, 3621 Mount Olympus Way, Twin Falls, ID. 83301. Donations for Kimberly Christian Church, P.O. Box 98, Kimberly ID, 83341.

A funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 20, 2017 at Farmer Funeral Chapel (130 9th Ave. N.) Buhl, Idaho. A time for viewing will be 10-11:00 a.m. prior to the funeral. Interment will follow the services at Buhl's West End Cemetery.

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