Jean Sparkman
September 13, 1932  -  June 9, 2018

Jean Sparkman

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LaGrone Funeral Chapel
900 South Main
Roswell, NM  88203
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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LaGrone Funeral Chapel
900 S. Main
Roswell, NM  88203
Thursday, June 14, 2018
10:00 AM
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South Park Cemetery
3101 S. Main
Roswell, NM  88203
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SPARKMAN, JEAN- Our beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother Jean Sparkman went to meet her Lord and Savior on Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Roswell, NM.

A visitation for Jean will be 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, June 14, 2018 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel with Pastor Troy Grant of Berrendo Baptist Church officiating, burial will follow at South Park Cemetery.

Jean was born on September 13, 1932 in Portales, NM to Albert E. and Elva W. Guss. She grew up in Roswell, NM with her other 11 (eleven) siblings. Jean attended Roswell High School and graduated in 1950. It was there that she met the love of her life Hoie B. Sparkman and they were married on April 21, 1951. Jean and Hoie were married for 67 wonderful years.

Jean was active in her church throughout her entire life. She was very involved in various mission programs both foreign and home. Jean was active in vacation bible school, G.A’s, and W.M.U as well as many other mission activities.

Jean’s focus and pleasure in life came from serving others. Jean made it a priority to ensure that no one was left in need. Jean always put others first and couldn’t turn away a person in need. Anyone who met Jean fell in love with her immediately and dearly. Jean enjoyed singing in the choir, crossword puzzles, studying her bible and cooking for family and friends. Jean loved the mountains and her annual trip to cowboy camp. Her absolute favorite meal was homemade beans and corn bread.

Jean is preceded in death by her parents, Albert E. and Elva W. Guss; brothers, Paul, Earl, Ernest, Howard, Alvin; sisters, Ester, Doris, Letafay, Wynema.

She is survived by her husband, Hoie of Roswell, NM; son, Kevin (Jeannie) Sparkman of Springfield, MO; daughter, Glenna Roark of Roswell, NM; brother, Delbert (Sharon) Guss of Acworth, GA; and sister, Linda (Jimmy) Clements of Ruidoso, NM. Grandchildren, Brian (Beth) Roark, Staci (Michael) Candelaria, Jennifer Angelina Sparkman, Amanda Sparkman; great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Keziah, Lily, Rosie, Adaya, Anthony, Shaya, Ava, Grant, Xander, Clara, Mia and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Brian Roark, Ken Arther, Mike Hardwick, Micah Hardwick, Ted Anthony, Roy Dunseth; Honorary Pallbearer will be Denis Roark.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jeans name to New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home, PO Box 629. Portales, NM 88130; Berrendo Baptist Church, 700 E. Berrendo Road, Roswell, NM 88201.



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  1. Ruth Leyba ( Woody)
    Roswell, NM

    Dear Hoie, Kevin and Glenda, I am sadden to hear of the loss of precious Jean. She has and will always be greatly loved by myself and many of my family members. I was out of town at the time of her passing and just now read of it. I know she is now singing joyfully in heaven and watching and smiling sweetly from there as she's looking down at us. Please know your family is loved and prayed for by myself and many others and will be eternally grateful for each of you. Love always, Ruth (Woody) Leyba

  2. Barbara ( Fletcher) Manz
    Dexter, NM

    I am very sorry for your family's loss Hoie. I was just thinking about you and Jean a few days ago. I was thinking about all the good times at the Midway Baptist Church. I have have always been grateful to Jean for offering to walk me up the isle to give my heart to Jesus when I was about 12. I was struggling to get my foot to move even one step, and here came Jean's arms around me asking me she wanted her to walk with me. As I grew older and started my walk with Jesus, I have never forgotten her kindness toward me and following the Holy Spirit's moving on us that night. It was during revival week and it olden days dress up that night and I can still see Jean slipping up beside me in her long skirt and bonnet and down the isle we went. I am 60 now and never forget that my life was ever changed that night. So grateful that I had a few opportunities to thank Jean for kindness toward me. I remember the old hymn we used to sing: " Will there be any stars, any stars in my crown when at evening the sun goweth down, When I woke in the bliss of the mansion of rest, will there be any stars in my crown". I think sweet Jean has numerous stars in her Crown. Praise our Sweet Lord for her Life!

  3. Georgianna Hunt
    Roswell, NM

    Dear Glenna, Kevin and Family, I was deeply saddened to learn of your loss, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if you need anything.....Georgianna Hunt

  4. Barbara ( Fletcher) Manz
    Dexter, NM

    I am very sorry for your family's loss Hoie. I was just thinking about you and Jean a few days ago. I was thinking about all the good times at the Midway Baptist Church. I have have always been grateful to Jean for offering to walk me up the isle to give my heart to Jesus when I was about 12. I was struggling to get my foot to move even one step, and here came Jean's arms around me asking me she wanted her to walk with me. As I grew older and started my walk with Jesus, I have never forgotten her kindness toward me and following the Holy Spirit's moving on us that night. It was during revival week and it olden days dress up that night and I can still see Jean slipping up beside me in her long skirt and bonnet and down the isle we went. I am 60 now and never forget that my life was ever changed that night. So grateful that I had a few opportunities to thank Jean for kindness toward me. I remember the old hymn we used to sing: " Will there be any stars, any stars in my crown when at evening the sun goweth down, When I woke in the bliss of the mansion of rest, will there be any stars in my crown". I think sweet Jean has numerous stars in her Crown. Praise our Sweet Lord for her Life!

  5. Janie Davies
    Roswell, NM

    My condolences to Hoie and the rest of Jean's family. I first met Jean back in 1993 when she was the room monitor at ENMU-R for the Portales campus. We all fell in love with her because she was so supportive of us and our education. We have kept in touch over the years and it broke my heart that she was ill. May God comfort you all in knowing she was loved by all and will brighten heaven a little bit more with her glowing smile. Love to you all.

  6. Terri (Belt) Odell
    Roswell, NM

    Oh my Jean I will miss you. Hoie and family so sorry for your loss. But Jesus needed her to get Heaven ready for us. I was in Roswell last month and went to Walmart and thought about Jean and Hoie was sad cause I didn’t run into them there. I love y’all.
    Love the Belt family

  7. Glenda Riley
    Roswell, NM

    She was a pleasure to know as a friend; her smile could light up a room. Her love for Jesus was imminent in her life. Thank you God for allowing her to be here for so long.

  8. Kenny & Lori Arther
    Roswell, NM

    Oh how blessed are we, to have had you in our lives! God showered us with an abundance of His love when He crossed our paths. You called us your "adopted" ones and we wear that badge with honor. We love you as our own and cherish our extended family.
    Thank you for the precious gift you have left us; the gift of absolute certainty of your knowing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. That certainty is our assurance of being together in Heaven some day, forever.
    We love you and Hoie more than words can express and he will not be alone.
    Rest in the arms of Jesus, sweet lady.

  9. Marilyn Caughorn
    Roswell, NM

    I will surely missed you and your sweet smile in Church. You are now in Peace at Home. I love you!

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