Donna Jean (Sanders) Sparks (1929 - 2017)

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Donna Jean Sparks, 88, of Danville, formerly of Vandalia, passed away at 3:19 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at Heritage Health in Hoopeston.
A Celebration of Life service was held at noon on Saturday at Crown Point Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Pete LeDuc officiating. She was laid to rest in McInturff Cemetery in Hagarstown. Visitation was held from 11 a.m. until time of services on Saturday at the church. Memorials: Crown Point Church. Blurton Funeral Home in Hoopeston was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at
Mrs. Sparks was born on March 22, 1929, in Clinton, the daughter of William G. and Bernadine Aleene (Lane) Sanders. She married Lester "Ike" Sparks on April 16, 1949, and they became parents of a daughter, Denise Ann (Sparks) Bowen. Ike preceded her in death on Nov. 3, 2006.
Donna attended school in Clinton and graduated from Clinton High School in 1947. She then went to work at State Farm Insurance Co. as a secretary. Donna and Ike moved to Vandalia in February 1957, beginning a life of farming.
Donna was a member of VFW Post 3862 Ladies Auxiliary in Vandalia, holding several positions. She was also a member of Crown Point Church. The absolute joy of her life was in her younger years babysitting her two grandchildren and most recently being with her great-grandchildren and going to their sporting events. Marcus, Makayla and Madilyn loved to spend their time with Gma. She also enjoyed sewing, gardening and going on her daily car rides, and she was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.
She is survived by her granddaughter, Jennifer and her husband Matt Blurton of Danville; great-grandchildren, Marcus, Makayla and Madilyn Blurton of Danville; brothers, Harold Sanders and his wife Dorothy of Petersburg, and Adron A. Sanders of Springfield; grandson, Bronson Bowen; special friend, Paula and her husband Kim Edgar of Vandalia; and several nieces, nephews and cousins who meant a lot to her.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Published in The Leader-Union from May 30 to June 7, 2017