Family: Born in Murray, Utah, to Jesse H. and Ruth Butikofer Dansie. Reared in Herriman, Utah. Married James L. Parkin, four children: Jeffrey (Jana), Brett (Angie), Matthew (Ann), and David (Jennifer); 14 grandchildren.
Church Service: Served with husband when he presided over the England London South Mission from 1997-2000, served as second counselor in the Young Women general presidency from 1994-1997; she was a ward missionary and Laurel adviser at the time of her call as Relief Society general president; former member of the Relief Society general board, stake Young Women president, ward Primary president, ward Relief Society president and counselor, and Sunday School teacher.
Education: Bachelor of science degree in elementary education and early childhood development from Utah State University.
Community service/Employment: Docent for Utah Symphony for elementary schools, page on Utah Senate floor, taught elementary school for three years.