Jacketta Louise (Jensen) Sparks of Altoona


Jacketta “Jackie” Louise (Jensen) Sparks, a member of the LDS church, was born Nov. 9, 1928, in Castle Dale, Utah.

Jackie met her husband, Andrew Sparks, in 1948, and they were united in marriage Jan. 30, 1950.

In 1952, they moved to Iowa, where they would live for 20 years.

Jackie worked at Parker Games and later as a cook with her mother-in-law at Assumption Catholic School in Granger.

In 1969 Jackie and Andy bought a semi-truck, and they trucked until Andy’s death in 1990.

In Jackie’s lifetime she was able to visit all 50 states.

In 1972 Jackie and Andy moved back to Ferron, Utah, where she lived until 2018. In Ferron she worked at Millsight Golf Course for 27 years, retiring at the age of 87.

Jackie was an avid Brigham Young University fan and enjoyed following every sport.

She enjoyed her time spent with her brother, J. B., and his wife, Pam, and their family; her sister Mary’s family, Joe, Jenny, Tina and Lisa; and her sister Lorraine and her family, Evon, Nancy, Jackie and their families. She adored the time she spent with her Utah family.

In 2018 Jackie moved back to Iowa to live with her grandson, Brian Sparks, and his wife, Julie. This allowed her to enjoy and make memories with her family in Iowa, even including her favorite canine friend, Doodles.

Jackie met her heavenly father July 18, 2019, at the Taylor Hospice House in Des Moines, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Andrew Sparks; an infant son, John Sparks; and two sisters, Lorraine and Mary.

Jackie is survived by her son, Larry (Linda) Sparks of Sumner, Iowa; grandson, Brian (Julie) Sparks of Altoona; granddaughters, Kirsten (Brad) Paulsrud of Hutchinson, Kan., and Caroline Sparks of Decorah; great-grandchildren, Megan Meyer, Adam (Abby) Howie, Anika, Lila and Andrew Paulsrud; and her great-great-grandchildren, Molly and Macy Meyeer and Avery, Reece and Corbin Howie.

She is also survived by her brother, J. B. (Pam) Jensen of Salt Lake City, Utah; sister-in-law, Bonnie Herrold of Granger; brother-in-law, Jose Morales of Texas; great-nieces, Evon (Richard) Pope, Tina Morales, Lisa (Travis) George, Nancy Martinez, Jackie (Tabb) Wehling and their families; and great-nephew, Joe (Jenny) Morales, and their family.

A private graveside service is planned. The Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton was in charge of arrangements.


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