Karen A. (Kenney) Parks, 89 years of age, of Beatrice passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday evening, November 15, 2023. She was born on October 16, 1934 in the back of her parents grocery store in Alliance, NE to John and Bertha (Moberly) Kenney. Karen graduated from Dorchester High School in 1952. After graduation, she taught school for 2 years in a one-room country school near Dorchester. On August 24, 1954 she married the love of her life, Earl H. Parks, and from this union three sons were born, Kenneth, John and Larry. Karen and Earl moved to Beatrice in 1962. \n\nKaren was a member of the United Methodist Church in Dorchester, NE. She was a stay-at-home mom who dedicated her life to her family. Karen stayed involved in her kid's activities and was a Cub Scout Den Mother and a PTA member. She loved bowling, golf, and was an avid bridge player. Golf became a family activity and Hidden Acres was their haven. Karen was so loving and caring that she made each one feel very special. Her family is missing her very much!\n\nSurvivors include her three sons, Kenneth (Brenda) Parks of Crete, John Parks of Beatrice, and Larry (Tracy) Parks of College Station, TX; 5 grandchildren, Jason Parks of Chandler, AZ, Cameron Parks of Bryan, TX, Sydney Parks of Austin TX, Shelby Parks of Lincoln, and Jacob Parks, US Army, Hawaii; great grandson Kyler Parks of Chandler. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Earl (2018), and great grandson Christian Michael Parks. \n\nCelebration of Life Services will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at the United Methodist Church in Dorchester. The service will be Livestreamed on www.ghchapel.com. Burial of ashes will be in the Dorchester Cemetery. Public visitation will be on Tuesday, December 19, 2023 from 1-8:00 PM at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice with the family greeting friends there from 6-7:00 PM. A family prayer service will be held at 9:45 AM Wednesday at the church. A memorial has been established to the family's choice with the funeral home in charge.\n\nIn remembering Karen, we invite you to share your memories, view her video tribute and service livestream, and upload photos to her memorial page at www.ghchapel.com. Let us remember Karen for her generous spirit, and let her legacy live on in our hearts.\n\n These services have been entrusted to the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice.