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Mary Helen Sparks


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Mary Helen Sparks Obituary
Mary Helen Sparks 1941 - 2018
Woodstock, IL—Mary Helen Sparks, 77, passed away in Woodstock, IL on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.
Mary was born January 27, 1941, in Springfield, IL the daughter of Joseph L. and Helen Sronce.
Mary was a beautician for many years before she decided to spend more time at home on her horse farm rescuing off the track thoroughbreds and starting a small sport horse breeding program. When she was not in the barn she was in her rose garden enjoying all the varieties of roses she planted and maintained. She loved and enjoyed all the animals that she had throughout her life and had a real soft spot for any stray that wandered onto the farm, becoming an instant family member.
Mary was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who will be missed by her family and friends, but she is now at rest enjoying time with her family and pets who preceded her in death.
Mary is survived by her dear husband Joseph M. Sparks, five sons; Leonard (wife, Lisa) Williams, Gene Ray (wife, Marti) Williams, Larry (wife, Brenda) Williams, Neal Williams, Andrew (wife, Kristen) Sparks; one daughter; Leah Williams; two step-sons; Joseph W. (wife, Brenda) Sparks, Wesley (Dennis) Sparks; and eight grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held August 12th from 11 am – 2 pm at the Lincoln Park Pavilion in Springfield, IL.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you please make a donation in memory of Mary Helen Sparks to Canter USA: www.canterusa.org/donate-usa/. Before her stroke in 2005, this was one of her greatest passions, helping off the track thoroughbred horses find a second home/career.
Published in Print in The State Journal-Register from July 10 to July 11, 2018
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