Yaeko (Fukuda) Parks age 93 passed away January 31, 2023 in Colorado Springs.
Yaeko was born in Seoul, Korea May 16, 1929. Her family moved back to Japan when Yaeko was about 16 years old. She began college in Tokyo to become a pharmacist but was called back home in Niigata to support the family. She was married to Robert L. Parks July 31, 1955 in Tokyo Japan and a few years later they returned to the US to Colorado Springs, Colorado. Yaeko stayed home to raise her two daughters and learned many practical hobbies. She sewed all the girls' dresses when they were young and began quilting, knitting and crocheting.
After the girls grew up, Yaeko went to work at Hewlett Packard where she retired after 25 years. After retirement, she spent most of her time blessing her family and church family with handmade gifts - baby blankets, quilts, stuffed bears and animals.
In 2021 Yaeko moved to Florissant, CO with her daughter Judy and son-in-law. In the fall of 2022 she moved to the assisted living center The Aspen in Woodland Park, CO where she made new friends with staff and residents. Even though she missed her church family of 30 years at Calvary Worship Center, she readily welcomed her new family at Little Chapel of the Hills in Divide. Yaeko loves Jesus dearly and always wanted to let others know about her Savior. She longed to be with Him and finally is.
Yaeko is survived by daughters Jacquelyn Dutton and Judy Grimm; sons-in-law Kim Dutton and Blake Grimm; her grandchildren Jacob Dutton and Jenni (Dutton) Gantz and husband Jamieson Gantz; great-grandchildren Leo and Jasmine Gantz. She also has nieces and nephews in Japan and the US - Michigan, Texas and other areas.
She was predeceased by her husband Robert in 2005 after 50 years of marriage. Her father passed away when she was 5 years old, her mother passed at age 93. A younger brother died at age 4 of whooping cough. Younger sister and older brother have also passed.
Celebration of life service will be held 10am Tuesday March 7 at Calvary Worship Center, 501 Castle Road, Colorado Springs, CO (719-632-3311). Reception will be held immediately following the service at Red Rocks Barn (2700 Robinson St. just off Hwy 24 and 26th St.) with lunch provided.
Yaeko's remains will be buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs alongside her husband Bob.
The family would like to extend thanks and gratitude to all who have loved on and cared for Yaeko through the years - friends, family, church family, Pastor Al and Norma, the wonderful staff at The Aspen care center who loved on her immensely for the short time she was there. Thanks to Mountain Memorial in Divide for all their help through this process. And a special thanks to all the care professionals who ministered to Yaeko with such kindness in her last days.
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