Rayola Ruth Corsi Park passed away quickly and peacefully in her home Sunday February 13, 2022 with Marvin by her side. Rayola was born in Afton, Wyoming October 13, 1943 to Mable Ruth (Bruce) Corsi and Jack O Corsi; and was the first of three children to the Corsi family. In Rayola's first few years of life, her father joined the military to fight in WWII. During this time, Rayola and her mother moved to Smoot Wyoming to Ruth's parents so they could endure the time her father was away at war. They returned to Etna after her father returned from the war, where she spent her youth working on the dairy farm milking, feeding and tending to milk cows.
In 1961 Rayola had a busy year; she not only graduated from Star Valley High School, she married and was sealed to Marvin Howard Park at the Idaho Falls, Idaho Temple. Rayola and Marvin started their life together living in a small cabin next to Palisades creek, close to where they built their first home. This was where Rayola worked as a waitress and worked her first paying job at the Palisades Inn. Another home they stayed in was up Rainey creek in Swan Valley where Rayola stayed home and shot squirrels, hung them on the fence for Marvin to see after a day's work. After a few years and 5 kids later, Rayola and Marvin raised their children and built their first home on Palisades creek where Marvin was born and raised.
She was also a proponent for her kids to learn how to Ski. Rayola started skiing with Marvin at the Pine Creek Ski area and loved the time on the hill, therefore, she volunteered to help the kids of Swan Valley learn to ski by riding the bus to Targhee ski area so we could all feel what she felt while skiing.
Rayola held various jobs throughout her life, from waitressing to gun assembler to all around smart aleck. However, she was the most determined and successful as a wife and mother to her children. She was so successful with her five children, in 1986 she gave us all a little brother. Rayola enjoyed getting away from the farm life which was all she knew growing up and was introduced to camping, snowmobiling and various other enjoyable events with Marvin which did not include work, therefore, this became the life she enjoyed the most. Rayola loved to go ice fishing on the Palisades reservoir. One day while trying to pull a fish through the small hole, Rayola dropped her glasses into the fishing hole, however, she was fast enough to grab the glasses so she wouldn't lose her eyes. She also loved to go to the hunting camp with Marvin where she helped with the hunters and her mother in-law Fay, cook for everyone.
Rayola and Marvin eventually moved back to Etna Wyoming to help on the growing farm Rayola was raised on. She loved being back home and close to her family in Etna. This is where they finished raising kids, enjoying life then later on, started enjoying grandkids and great grandkids
Rayola was never one to shirk hard work; she helped Marvin feed the elk in Alpine Wyoming for 9 years. This was a hard job to feed almost 150 bales of hay per day, but Rayola never complained because she loved to be outdoors and do anything to help Marvin. Rayola always loved to have a green lawn. At her home, up until her last summer, Rayola would work diligently daily, watering and mowing her lawn. She would go through the field to mow around risers so Marvin didn't have a hard time finding them, and enroute would sometimes end up at Jack's shop which is about a mile from her home. Marvin attempted to mow her lawn one time, and she
fired him on the spot for mowing over a tree. She sometimes said it would take her two days to finish mowing, then she would have to start over again. The summer of 2021, Marvin bought her a new lawn mower, and she was so excited (because her old mower was bought in 1993), that she started mowing her lawn and her brother's next-door field. In her spare time, she would contact all family members she could on her I-PAD to visit, stay in contact with, and check up on all of us, sometimes it would be three or four times a day.
Throughout her life Rayola seemed to always overcome any obstacle which came her way. For many years Rayola lived with asthma and then was diagnosed with Parkinson's. Having to deal with these two setbacks, Rayola's tenacity and determination, she never allowed it to control her life, or hold her back from any activity she wanted to accomplish.
Rayola was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and held many positions in the church. Including doing extraction (indexing) work for genealogy.
She is survived by her first sweetheart and husband of 60 years, Marvin; daughter, Lisa (Chet) Sanderson; daughter, Lorie (David) Haderlie; son, Scott (Jackie) Park; son, Joe (Jeri Bonnes) Park; daughter, Misti (Ron) Hornof; son, Kyle (Kayla) Park. 18 grandkids and 21 great grandkids. Her siblings, Jack and Jim Corsi. She was preceded in death by both her parents, Jack O and Ruth Corsi.
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