June Sparks

June 26, 1921 ~ August 23, 2005

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Mrs. Veva June 'Rapp' Sparks, 84, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, formerly of Flat River, entered eternal life on Aug. 23, 2005, at the Mesilla Valley Hospice in Las Cruces, NM, after a 2-year battle with cancer. She was born on June 26, 1921, in Flat River, MO., to Charles & Dorothy Brown Rapp. She was married to Murphy L. Sparks in 1944 & together they owned & operated Sparks Funeral Home in Flat River, for 23 years. In 1983, she moved to El Paso, Texas, to be near her daughter & in 1996, they moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico.

June was an active member of Taylor Ave. Methodist Church during the time she was in Missouri, and later joined Trinity Methodist Church in El Paso. She was a member of: * Beta Sigma Phi; * Business & Professional Women's Club; * Eastern Star; * Royal Neighbors; * The American Cancer Society; * Garden Club, while living in Flat River.

June expressed her faith in Jesus Christ as her Lord & Savior and looked forward to joining her loved ones in Heaven. She was preceded-in-death by her husband & parents.

She is survived by: 2 Daughters & their spouses: Al & Marcia Sago, of Florence, AL; Paul Dean & Diana Glenn of Las Cruces, NM; Her surviving Grandchildren & spouses are: Darrin & Devin Glenn, of Austin, TX; Brett & Joni Sago, of Kingsport, TN; Jason & Stacy Hopkins, of Frisco, TX; Brandon & Anamaria Glenn, of Las Vegas, NM. She also leaves 5 adored Great-Grandchildren: Faith & Taton Hopkins; Isavel & Ashley Glenn; Anna Paige Sago. June is also survived by her Brothers & Sisters-In-Law: Robert & Martha Rapp, of Farmington; Glen & Wilma Rapp, of Rock Hill, SC; Frieda Moyer, of Kansas City, MO; Helen Sparks, of Farmington; Paula Sparks, of St. Louis; Sophia Sparks, of Bonne Terre; Patricia Adams & Brother-In-Law, Bud, of Park Hills, MO. Also surviving are many dear Nieces & Nephews.

Visitation: Saturday, September 3rd, 4-9 p.m.

Funeral: Sunday, September 4th, 2:00 p.m., @ TAYLOR Funeral Service CHAPEL, with Rev. Phil Vaughn officiating.

Interment: St. Francois Memorial Park Cemetery, rural Bonne Terre, MO.

In Lieu of Flowers, the family requests Memorials be made to: Mesilla Valley Hospice, 299 E. Montana, Las Cruces, NM 88005

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  1. Please accept our heart-felt sympathy and condolences on the passing of your mother. She was a wonderful, beautiful lady, full of kindness who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  2. Marcia, Diana and families – You have my sympathy for the loss of your mother. Even though I lived far away from my own mother, she always made me feel as though I had a "Texas" mom. I will miss her greatly. She was a wonderful lady who cared deeply for those she loved. I only wish that I could be there to see you at the funeral. You are all in my prayers.

  3. Dear Marcia, Al, Diana & Dean. So sorry to read of June's death. She was always a wonderful caring lady with so much grace and charm. My deepest sympathy to each of you at this difficult time. Carol

  4. Dear Marsha and Family, We share your sorrow at the loss of your mother. Please know we are thinking of you at this sad time. I know you take comfort in your mother's acceptance of Christ and to know she has joined Him and your father. Always, Barbara & Paul

  5. I'm sorry about the loss of your Mother. I've never forgotten how good she was to us Davis kids on Field St. Danny and I had a blast playing in the coffin boxes she sent down to us. She always smiled at us in a way that we knew she liked us. She took time to talk to us as she was going by. Funny how these little things make such an impact on little kids… so that you still think about it from time to time even as a grown up. God Bless your family….I know you will miss her.

  6. Marcia, Diana and families. I was saddened to learn of your mother's death. To me, she was one of the kindest, most gentle, and most beautiful moms I've ever known. As a kid, I thought she was angelic. I agreed to walk you, Diana, across Field Street to and from kindergarten, amidst my teasing buddies, only because your mom asked me to do it. I never would have walked a girl across the street at age five for anyone other than your mom. Heaven is even more perfect because she is there. My deepest sympathies at your loss.

  7. Diana – I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. She was such a lovely person and I'm sure you have many wonderful memories to cherish and help you get through this difficult time. God Bless you and your family and I hope you find joy in knowing people you haven't even heard from in years, share in your sorrow.

  8. Marcia, I remember your mother being so gracious and friendly to me even when I was a little kid – after fifty years I still remember how she complimented us after our dreaded piano recitals every year, even the three handed one that you, Joe, and I did one year. Sharron and I want to extend our condolences and let you know that you and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

  9. Diane, so sorry to hear about your mother. Always will remember her and your dad and what gracious people they were. Sounds like you have precious children and grandchildren and I know your mother enjoyed them.

  10. I am a friend of Marcia Sago's, June's daughter. I wanted to send the family my condolences and let all of you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. I pray that God will be with you and that His love and the love and prayers of your family and friends will give you comfort and peace while you are grieving.

  11. We extend our heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your mother and grandmother. We pray that God will grant you peace and envelope you in the comfort of His love as you grieve the loss of your loved one.

  12. My love to Marcia and Diana and your families. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I will be at the funeral home Saturday evening with Polly and Gary. I am not sure at this time if Bob's family can change plans they had already made. Love, Paula

  13. For the short time I knew her, I enjoyed her. My children considered her a surrogate mother. We'llmiss her and continue to enjoy the daughters she raised and left behind. A job well done as a mother… Camille Las Cruces, NM

  14. My prayers are with the family and I am content to know that June is in a beautiful place awaiting us all……..

  15. Diana and Marsha, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a very memorable woman. Spending time at your home when we were growing up was always a treat, your Mom and Dad were such sweet people. After all of these years, please know your loss is shared.

  16. Marcia & Diana, our hearts go out to you and your families during this time. I wish we could be with you. You all have been through such a sad and difficult time. Praise the Lord, He has been with you all the way. And what a wonderful comfort to know that your Mother is in the presence of Jesus Christ.. I loved your Mom, she was one special Lady to me. I always looked forward to her visits to Florence. We would go out to eat and have such a good time together. June has made my world better. May our Lord watch over you all during this time, knowing you will see your Mother again, because she accepted Christ as Her Savior and Lord. May His Peace be with you all

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