Archive for Wednesday, June 26, 2002

Obituary: Mildred P. Sparks


June 26, 2002

Services for Mildred P. Sparks, 85, Tonganoxie, will be at 10 a.m. today, June 26, 2002, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Tonganoxie, with the Rev. Mark Goldasich officiating. Burial will be in Hubbel Hill Cemetery, Tonganoxie.

Mrs. Sparks died Sunday, June 23, 2002, at Tonganoxie Nursing Center. She was born Dec. 11, 1916, in Merriam, the daughter of Thomas and Katie (Behringer) Johnson. She and her husband had owned and operated the Sparks Cafn Tonganoxie. She retired in 1980 as a nurse's aide at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Altar Society, Senior Citizens and the Historical Society, all of Tonganoxie.

She married John A. Sparks on Jan. 17, 1933, in Tonganoxie. He died on Aug. 8, 1982.

Survivors include two sons, John Sparks, San Diego, Calif., and Merl E. Sparks, Tacoma, Wash.; three daughters, Gladys Walters, Tonganoxie, Marian E. Betterton, Roach, Mo., and Jean Thomas, Kansas City, Kan.; three sisters, Dorothy Klamm, Basehor, Mary Seward, Shawnee, and Kathryn Dunkin, Prosser, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

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