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Patricia Marie Sparks

March 1, 1938 ~ December 20, 2017 (age 79)

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Patricia Marie (Hammes) Sparks  was born March 1, 1938 in the town of Pocahontas, Iowa to Leo Peter Hammes and Marguerite Ann (Harrington ) Hammes. She completed her primary education at Corpus Christie High school in Ft. Dodge, Iowa in 1956.

Patricia  graduated from the Mercy School of Nursing in 1960. She was  employed by Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines until her retirement in 2000.

In 1960 Patricia married the love of her life, Jerry Alexander Sparks. They were blessed with two children, Jeffrey and Paula. They attended All Saints Catholic Church where Patricia was a member for over 50 years. She was also a member of the Rosary Society.

Patricia was generally quiet and practical. She liked to play solitare and put together jigsaw puzzles. She took a turn at gardening one year with a friend; and tried her hand at being a Mary Kay distributor. She was an avid reader and also did some crocheting. Patricia especially liked going to Las Vegas and trying her luck at the slot machines or card games, and she was pretty lucky too!  She loved spending time with the   grandchildren.

Patricia passed away, peacefully  on December 20, 2017. She was 79 years old. She was preceded in death by her parents Leo and  Marguerite Hammes.  Left to cherish Patricia’s memory are her         husband of 54 years, Jerry Sparks; her children, Jeffrey Sparks, Sr and Paula Sparks; her grandchildren, Jeffrey Jr., Shannon, Sophia and Olivia; the great grandchilren, Lilliana, Juan and Diego; her brother, Jerry (Peg) Hammes; sister in law, Daleth (Joe) Pullano; brother in law, Harry (Sharon) Sparks; sister in law, Diane Sparks; brother in law, Charlie Sparks and many other friends and family.


 Service Information

Funeral Mass
December 23, 2017

11:00 AM
All Saints Catholic Church
650 NE 52nd Ave
Des Moines, IA 50313

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