Mary Louise Sparks

I am writing this myself so that my family will be relieved of one more chore in dealing with my death.

My name is Mary Louise Sparks and I passed away from Ureter Cancer on October 10, 2019. I was born in 1939 in a tiny little town called Weldon, not far from Lovelady, Texas. My parents were Nellie Starnes Koch and Max William Koch who both passed away in 2001. I had a younger sister named Lela, who died when she was thirty-five. My brother named Max William Koch Jr. lives in Lillian, Texas with his wife Darlene.

We moved to Richmond when I was about five into a big house where my mother told me A.P. George was born. I still have many memories of that big old house. My grandmother and three aunts all lived with us, so there was always a lot going on. My dad was called to serve in the Navy at the end of World War II, while we were there and my mother had to go to work in a belt factory in Stafford until he came home. Times were really hard! We moved to Rosenberg when I was in the fifth grade, so then, I had friends in both Richmond and Rosenberg; some of whom are still living here. As soon as I graduated from high school in 1957, I went to work for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and married James Eugene Sparks from Katy years later. He was a junior at Texas A&M College and I later moved there to be with him for his senior year. It was there that our only daughter, Kelly, was born. When he graduated, we moved to Leakey, Texas where he taught school for two years and where our oldest son, Bo, was born, actually, his father delivered him along about Concan. From there, we moved back home where our youngest son, Chad, was born and where we have lived for the rest of our lives, except for seven years we lived in Lexington, Kentucky, where we were breeding and selling thoroughbreds.

We moved back home in 1980 and I went to work for The Texas Department of Public Safety and then Fort Bend County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Office where I met and enjoyed so many wonderful people. I finally decided to give up my job with the county to help my husband Jimmy with his taxidermy business. In 1987 we opened a taxidermy studio which we operated until 2015.

Through all those years, we met and enjoyed so many wonderful people. It was always a pleasure to visit with them and sometimes meet their families and hear their stories about their adventures. It was really hard to close the studio but our declining health kept us from continuing. Then, last year, I was given the devastating diagnosis which ended everything.

I regret leaving behind my true love Jimmy whom I have loved for over sixty-three years, my wonderful daughter Kelly, my two exceptional and loving sons, Bo and Chad and all their children: Bo Bowen and Luke Bosworth (children of Kelly), Trey, Tara and Carson Sparks (children of Bo) and Starr Sparks (daughter of Chad) and my daughter-in-law Nancy and her daughter Hunter (wife and step-daughter of Chad). I was also blessed with seven great-grandchildren: Derek, Dominique, Hunter, Destiny, Chance, Trinity and Madison Bowen (Children of Bo Bowen) and Jaxon Bosworth (son of Luke Bosworth).

I’m sorry I won’t be here to meet the ones who will come later.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 15, 2019 in the Chapel at Davis Greenlawn Funeral Home with burial to follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends starting at Noon on Tuesday until service time.

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Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home, 3900 B.F. Terry Blvd., Rosenberg, Texas 77471.

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