Elsie Jane Sparks, 75, passed away at her home in Laurel (Lakeview) Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. She had been in failing health for two years.
Elsie was born Aug. 2, 1937 in Metamora to Conley and Oma (Mobley) Hunter.
She married Arlin Wayne Sparks Oct. 5, 1956 in Brookville; they recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary.
She was a 1956 graduate of Brookville High School. For nearly 20 years, she was employed by the Fayette/Franklin County School Corp. as a bus aide. Besides being a housewife, she enjoyed sewing, babysitting, reading, sitting in the warmth of the sun and being with her family.
She is survived by her husband, Wayne; sons, Kenneth (Debra) Sparks of Rushville, Darrell (Joyce) Sparks of Laurel, Paul Sparks of Laurel, James (Debbie) Sparks of Andersonville; daughters, Debra Lewis of Laurel and Crystal (Jake) Van Wye of Shelbyville; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Ray Hunter of Batavia, Ohio, Paul (Mary) Hunter of McKee, Ky., Larry (Connie) Hunter of Indianapolis, Garry Hunter of McKee, Ky., James (Karen) Hunter of Shelbyville; and sisters, Eva (Paul) Fuchs of Metamora and Ruth (Richard) Moore of Red Level, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, William (“PeeWee”) Hunter, Roy Hunter and Herbert Hunter.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 and funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14 at Buena Southern Missionary Baptist Church, 25220 Chapel Road, Laurel with Bro. Rob Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in the Mobley Addition of Metamora Cemetery.
Cook Funeral Home, Brookville is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Buena Southern Missionary Baptist Church in support of church outreach projects or the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana at kidneyindiana.org.