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Nita Sparks

November 26, 1927 -
February 12, 2020

Waneta G. Sparks, 92, of Champaign, died February 12, 2020 in Urbana.

She was born November 26, 1927 in Champaign, a daughter of Herbert A. and Minnie M. (Williams) Arbuckle.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Garth E. Sparks, her parents, two brothers, John and Frank Arbuckle, and one sister, …read more

Waneta G. Sparks, 92, of Champaign, died February 12, 2020 in Urbana.

She was born November 26, 1927 in Champaign, a daughter of Herbert A. and Minnie M. (Williams) Arbuckle.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Garth E. Sparks, her parents, two brothers, John and Frank Arbuckle, and one sister, Mary Ann Rayburn.

“Nita” is survived by her two children, Karl “Dan” Sparks (Jackie) of Thousand Oaks, CA and Julie M. Sparks of New Orleans, LA.

Nita graduated from Champaign High School. After attending business school, she worked for the Illinois Central Railroad. Beginning in 1970, Nita was a member of the Board of Realtors and served on many committees. Nita opened Sparks Real Estate in 1983. She was a multi-million dollar producer, graduate of Realtor’s Institute, and a Certified Residential Specialist. Nita was presented the 2004 Affiliate Choice Award from the Champaign County Board of Realtors, the 2010 Realtor of the Year, and awarded the Life Membership in 2013 for outstanding contributions to the Membership and the Real Estate Profession. Nita was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi civic organization.

The visitation for Nita Sparks will be on Monday, February 17, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Dr. West, Savoy. Funeral services will follow at 12 noon. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Champaign.

Contributions may be sent to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Association.

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Visitation Information

Date: Monday, February 17, 2020

Time: 10:00 am

Morgan Memorial Home

Address:

1304 Regency Dr. West
Savoy, Illinois 61874

Service Information

Date: Monday, February 17, 2020

Time: 12:00 pm

Morgan Memorial Home

Address:

1304 Regency Dr. West
Savoy, Illinois 61874

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