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PARKS, Dorothy Florence (nee Banner)

Dorothy passed away on October 24, 2013 at the age of 79.  She is survived by her loving husband Donald Parks; her grandchildren and her great grandchildren.  Sadly predeceased by her two sons, Donald Parks and William Parks.  There will be no service by request of the family.  As an expression of sympathy, you may send memorial donations to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation – Cardiology, 2268 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 1T2.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

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  • Kathleen & Jerry Demontigny says:

    Sorry to hear about Dorothy. she will be greatly missed. Sending our best wishes

  • Kel & Belinda Riddell says:

    Dear Don & Family:
    We are so sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing. Our thoughts are with you and your loved ones.
    Kel & Belinda

  • Rose Palken says:

    Don, to you and your family, I am so sorry to hear the loss of Dorothy. May you find comfort in the memories you share of fun times you both had. Don our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. Sid & Rose Palken

  • Emily Dearing says:

    So sorry to hear of Dorthy’s passing,all my best to you Don.
    Emily Dearing
    Kelowna Lioness

  • Joe Numada says:

    Sorry to here about Dorothy Don I know how tough it is thinking of you Joe.

  • John & Doreen Jack says:

    Don & Family
    Our sincere condolences to you and your family. May all the happy memories you shared help you through this sad time.

    John & Doreen Jack

  • Sue Lau says:

    Deepest condolences from Bill and Sue Lau. Also heartfelt sympathies to Dorothy’s family and friends. She will be sorely missed.

  • Evie Osborne says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this sad news, I had the great pleasure in meeting ‘Derf’ a few years ago when her and Bergy put on a very lavish lunch for myself, my husband and my Mother in North Vancouver. She was a true gem and I am so pleased to have known her.

    Evie, Gavin and Janet

  • Julie Bromley says:

    I’m sorry to hear about Dorothy’s passing. I knew her from the “Zaar” forums. She will be missed by many. JulieInTX

  • Carolyn says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing. I met her over 10 years ago on Recipezaar. She was a wonderful person and a great cook. I will also think of her fondly as I make her recipes that have become my family favorites. Prayers that your family will find peace.

  • *Pamela* says:

    Thoughts and prayers to your family as you say goodbye. I knew “Derf” from our interactions years ago on Recipezaar.com and always looked forward to her photos. I enjoyed asking for her expertise in the photo forum. I was sorry to hear about your loss.

  • Irmgard Upmanis says:

    I am sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing. She leaves behind a great culinary legacy.

  • Shira says:

    I am so sorry for the loss. I have enjoyed many of her recipes from Food.com, formerly Recipezaar.com, and I she was always thoughtful to have thanked me when I reviewed these recipes.

  • sandy birnbaum says:

    So very sorry to heat=r of the loss of dorothey. I first met her 12 years a go on recipezaar online. She must have been a wonderful cook, every one of her recipes i tried was delicious.
    deepest sympathy,

  • Beatrice Noel (QueenBea) says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Derf’s/Dorothy’s family and friends, of which I heard so many good things. I co-hosted a food photo forum with her at recipezazz which had us chatting almost daily. I will surely miss those chats. A beautiful lady has left us. She is now at peace and reunited with her two sons.

  • Kim Soboleski says:

    I knew “Derf” on Zaar. She was one that I always trusted in her reviews and her recipes. She had wit, expertise and common sense. I give her family my condolences. She touched many and she will be missed. (aka Scoutie)

  • Melissa (HokiesLady) says:

    I am saddened to hear of Derf’s passing. I “met” her on RecipeeZaar many years ago and she was always such an encouragement to everyone and had a keen sense of humor. I just want you to know that she touched many lives with her positive approach to life even though she never met us in person. Praying for comfort to your family.

  • Andi of Longmeadow Farm says:

    Derf, good bye, but not for long. You are wonderful, and your name will live through your recipes. May God bless. <3 from the farm.

  • Kristen Doyle says:

    I knew Derf from the Recipezaar forum years ago… she was always willing to lend a helpful hand to a recipe question or critique a photo for me. I’m so sorry for your loss!

  • Nona Shinagawa Myers says:

    I’m very sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing. Although we have not met in person, I was friends through recipezaar. What a wonderful and warm woman she was. I will miss her presence. One less shiny start in this world.

  • Debby Kaplan says:

    With greatest sympathy I extend to you! I knew her as Derf on Recipezazz in the food forums. She was a wonderful personable lady that I will truly miss.

  • Lori Siade says:

    I knew Dorothy from the RecipeZaar now Food.com community and am very sad to hear of her passing. Her recipes were always enjoyed, the help she would offer us was appreciated, and her beautiful photos were admired.

    My deepest condolences to Don and family.

  • Marsha Downie says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Dorothy’s (Derf) passing. I knew her from the photo forum on Recipezaar. She was such a sweet person and was loved by many on Zaar. She will truly be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. May God bring comfort to her family during this time of sorrow.

  • evelyn/athens says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Dorothy’s (Derf to me) passing, and she will be greatly missed by her recipezaar friends. She was my partner in the holiday ornament swap so many, many years ago, and a more thoughtful and generous partner she could not have been, trying to send so much of Canada to me in one big box.

    My sincere condolences to her family – she had a wonderful spirit, and I am honoured to have ‘met’ her.

  • Linda Miller says:

    Better known as Derf in our cooking group at Recipezazz, we have gotten to know Dorothy very well. She was such a lovely lady and she will be missed so much by us all who knew her there. May you find comfort at this time knowing that she will always be with us in spirit and close to our hearts, and she will only be a memory away. I will think of her every time I make one of her delicious recipes. May she RIP and God Bless her family, and give them strength through this most difficult time.

  • Bonnie Graham says:

    I knew Dorothy “Derf” though Recipe Zaar and she was always so friendly and helpful and became a good friend. I was saddened to recieve this news. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of her family and loved ones at this difficult time. RIP my friend

  • Rita says:

    Derf you will be missed but always in my heart. Rest in peace.

  • Debbwl says:

    Thoughts with your family, I knew “Derf” from when she used to play in the Recipezaar now Food tag games. Have enjoyed many of her recipes and will remember her for her tasty recipes.
    Sorry for you loss.

  • Karen (FT) says:

    I was so sad to hear that my lovely on-line friend Derf aka Dorothy had passed away…..I wish to send all my love and thoughts to Don and the rest of the family, she was a truly wonderful person and a great friend to me; I shall cherish and treasure the beautiful Christmas decoration she sent to me 3 years ago and look at it with fond and happy memories as I hang it on the tree this year, much love, Karen (FT) from Zaar and RecipeZazz

  • Mere Frost says:

    I am so very sorry for you loss. I met Dorothy aka Derf many years ago on the old RecipeZaar! She was a lovely lady whom I grew very fond of. We all meet up on facebook now and try to keep in touch with all our old friends. She left a huge imprint on my heart. Rest in peace my dear friend Derf…you will be missed. God Bless you! Sincerely, HotPepperRosemaryJelly aka Jelly (((Derf))))

  • Sara Armstrong says:

    My most heartfelt condolences to all of Dorothy’s family, friends and other loved ones. I met “Derf” many years ago at Zaar. I have made and enjoyed quite a few of her recipes. She was always so gracious and helpful in the Photo Forums. She will be missed by all of her “foodie” friends.

  • Pauline Miller says:

    It is with much sadness that I’ve learned of Dorothy’s passing. We met on a recipe site (recipezaar.com) several years ago. She was a lovely, kind lady who posted some amazing recipes. She will be missed. RIP Dorothy.

  • Doni Weissman says:

    So sorry to learn of your loss. I “met”Dorothy through recipezaar many years ago. We had the pleasure of meeting her in person sometime back at a Vancouver luncheon of fellow zaar friends. My condolences to all of her family.

  • Joy Morris says:

    So so sorry and completely shattered to hear that she has passed away she was a totally lovely lady, may she rest in peace

  • Nancy Wood says:

    My sincerest sympathies to this lovely lady’s family. Derf was a wonderful person, and she will be missed.
    Queen Dragon Mom (zaar)

  • Beth (elmotoo) says:

    I’m so sad to hear this news. Sending many condolences to her family. I knew her through Recipezaar…she will live on through her recipes. RIP, Derf.

  • Bergy (Vera Bergman) says:

    Dorothy, (Derf) You were a wonderful friend and I will miss you. Our many fun times together will always be memories I treasure.
    My thoughts are with you Don and all your family for your loss. Dorothy was a very special person.

  • George & Grace Watt says:

    Very sorry to hear of Dorothy. You will miss her Don. Our thoughts are with you and family.

  • Mia (Mia in Germany) says:

    My deepest condolences to Dorothy’s family. I’m so sad to hear she’s passed away, she was a wonderful part of the recipezaar community and will be missed so much. Her memory will live through our fond thoughts and her lovely recipes. Rest in peace, dear Dorothy!

  • Marg says:

    Derf was one of the first people I met on Recipezaar. She was a dear, dear lady who I will always remember with great fondness. It was a great privilege to serve with her as a forum host. My deepest sympathies to her husband and family.

  • Bonnie Lee & Barrie Loewen says:

    Don, we are terribly sorry to hear about Dorothy’s passing. I worked with Dorothy for many years at the old District of Matsqui. Then you both moved to Kelowna and we ran into her while staying at Holiday Park. Each time we were there we had some good talks with her.
    Our condolences go out to you and your family.
    Bonnie Lee & Barrie Loewen

  • Bob and Dolly Peters says:

    We moved on to Olympia Place back in 1979 and met our new neighbours, Don and Dorothy. She was one great lady, always had a smile and ready to help. Sad to hear she is gone. All our best wishes, Bob & Dolly

  • Jane Rasmussen says:

    Don we at Three Links Manor are sad to hear about the loss of our volunteer Dorothy. She was such a wonderful upbeat lady who was giving in so many ways. Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.

  • Cam & Myrna Parkin says:

    Don- we are so sorry to hear about Dorothy’s passing. We send our sincere sympathy. Our thoughts are with you.

    Cam & Myrna

  • Dana DeMerchant says:

    I met this lovely lady online a number of years ago on a site called Recipe Zaar . She was so kind and such an inspiration.One of her recipes “The Belly Buster” Inspired my son who is Autistic to try cooking and making up his own recipes.
    Please know that Dorothy is loved and missed and that you are all in our prayers.

  • Diane McClain says:

    My most heartfelt condolences sent to Don and family. Dorothy will be missed more than you will ever know. I truly loved that lady!

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