August 13, 1939 - October 23, 2020
A Funeral Service for Marie Sparks has been scheduled for 10:00 AM, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at Florence Street Baptist Church in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Burial will take place at 3:00 PM at Dutch Mills Cemetery in Dutch Mills, Arkansas. Viewing will take place Tuesday, October 27, 2020 from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM with the family greeting friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Hayhurst Funeral Home. Marie Sparks was born on Sunday, August 13, 1939 in Scotland, Arkansas, the daughter of Oswald and Mattie (Jones) Garner. She died on Friday, October 23, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was 81 years of age. Marie was raised in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, near the Oklahoma and Kansas border and attended Lenapah Oklahoma Schools. She married Robert “Bob” Sparks in Fayetteville, Arkansas on November 8, 1991. In Marie’s younger years, she worked as a waitress and cook at the Silver Castle, Cliff and Loretta’s, Family Diner and Duffy’s. Marie was a born caregiver and did it so very well! She cared for her Mother for several years and raised her great grandson Derek, instilling the love and tenderness of God and her love for old gospel hymns. She enjoyed Spoiling her family daily with good home cooked meals. Marie loved to garage sale and go to thrift stores. She enjoyed going camping and fishing when she and Bob where healthy. Singing and playing old cassette tapes while piddling around the house was her idea of a great time. Marie was sweet, kind, and very content and happy in her life. In her last several years Marie lived at Cedar Crest Nursing Home. She stole several hearts while there. Always looking out for the other residents and making people laugh and smile with her quick and witty humor and her genuine precious smile! Always singing or humming a hymn she knew. Marie will be greatly missed and remembered. The family requests memorials to Florence Street Baptist Church, 200 W. Florence St., Broken Arrow, OK 74011 Marie is survived by, Daughters, Tracey Watkins, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma Teresa Scopelliti, Tulsa, Oklahoma Son, Ralph Bernel and wife Amy, Sapulpa, Oklahoma Grandchildren, Jennifer and husband Zico Great-Grandchildren, Derek Childers Brothers, John Garner and wife Maryann, Coffeyville, Kansas Dewey Garner, Locust Grove, Oklahoma Steve Garner and wife Kathy, Pittsburg, Kansas She was preceded in death by husband, Bob, son, Kevin, brother, Kenny, and sister, Irma.
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