She also was preceded in death by her husband, James William Sparks in 1971; two sons, James Willis Sparks in 1998 and William Darrell Sparks in 2009; two brothers, A.C. Embry and Wavie Embry; and one sister, Martha Embry.
She is survived by two daughters-in-law, Ingrid Sparks of Nashville and Zelma Sparks of Owensboro; five grandchildren, Amy Sparks Dossett, Jared Sparks, Thomas Sebott, Monika (Jim) Ayers and Karin Sebott; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Carrie Roach of Utica; and her best friend, Myrle Dickens of Owensboro.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Haley-McGinnis & Owensboro Funeral Home with the Rev. Oda Shouse officiating. Burial will follow in Owensboro Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday and after 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Myrtle Sparks Memorial Fund, c/o Haley-McGinnis & Owensboro Funeral Home, 519 Locust St., Owensboro, Ky. 42301. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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