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THE PROTECTION POST, 16 February 1922
Obituary of "GRANDMA" SPARKS

Friday, February 11th at about the midnight hour Grandma Sparks who had been ill for some days at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. E. Gray, with whom she made her home and had made it for the past several years, passed from this life.

Mrs. Sparks was a very aged woman being well into her eighties and had during her life been a very active woman. She retained her faculties to the very last of her life and until the last few months had been able to sew and do fancy work and follow her usual life pursuits which had brought her joy and pleasure and had filled her long and useful career.

Since she had come to Protection to make her home with Mrs. Gray she had formed a large circle of close and warm friends among the ladies of the town who had been wonderfully attracted by her unusual cheerful and
bright disposition, her helpful and pleasant manner and her graciousness. Grandma had a cheery word and smile for her friends whenever she met them and never missed the opportunity on those rare occasions when her health and age permitted her to mingle with friends
at her church or socially to drop a cheerful word and an encouraging remark.

Her early life was spent in Nebraska from where she came to Protection. Her last illness which began some two months ago can be assigned to no special cause but the natural dissolution of age. But with all her suffering Mrs. Sparks retained her keenness of mind and perception until her last moments and made her requests and arrangements with an unusual clarity in one of her advanced age.

The funeral service conducted by the Rev. E. S. Corrie of the local Methodist church and the Rev. H. R. Allegood of the local Christian church was held from the Christian church edifice, Sunday afternoon at 2:30 with the Rev. Corrie delivering the funeral sermon and the remains of this beloved grandmother was kindly and tenderly interred in the local cemetery to await the call for the faithful to that time in which they shall hear those welcomed words, "Well done thou good and faithful
servant enter thou into the joys of the Lord."

Grandmother Sparks as she was so well known was greatly beloved by all who knew her and her sunny presence will be greatly missed from her circle of friends as well as from the family fireside of which she so long made a part.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier

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