Lucille D. Sparks, 87, of Mount Vernon, passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

She was born Jan. 21, 1922, in Anoka, Minn., a daughter of the late Wilbur and Emma (Okerlund) Stocker.

Lucille was the bookkeeper for the former E. A. Sparks Home Supply in Mount Vernon and local dentists, Dr. Minich and Dr. Mack. She a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Mount Vernon, the Knox Chapter No. 236 of the Order of Eastern Star and a 60-year member of Beta Sigma Phi. Lucille was also a member of the Church Women United and the Poetry Club in Mount Vernon. She had a lifelong love for reading, gardening and crossword puzzles.

Lucille is survived by her son, Kevin (Alison) Sparks of North Andover, Mass.; her daughter, Stephanie (John) Crouch of Utica; and grandchildren, Carrie Crouch, and Lena, Ian and Olivia Sparks.

In addition to her parents, Lucille was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Sparks; brothers, Arnold and Earl Stocker; and sisters, Pauline Bundy and Mayfair Murphy.

Friends were received Friday, June 26, 2009, at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Rd., Mount Vernon, with Beta Sigma Phi and Eastern Star followed the visitation. A funeral service was June 27 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 200 N. Main St., Mount Vernon, with Rev. Dr. R. Keith Stuart officiating. Burial followed in the Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the University Fund at the Mount Vernon Nazarene University or Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Lucille D. Sparks.