Obituary of Joan Anita Sparks
Joan, the second daughter of Merwyn and Lois Nyquist, entered this life on November 29, 1951, and after a six year battle with lung cancer, passed away peacefully on September 25, 2022, joining her husband Terry Sparks who had passed February 25th of this year. As a youth, she was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a charter member of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church. Joan worked for United Fire and Casualty Insurance Company and the Lancaster Dept. of Correction's in Lincoln, Nebraska. She sang in many choirs with her high soprano voice singing the descants. She was an avid bowler. After she and Terry moved to Wyoming, she enjoyed many fishing and hunting trips with him and knew how to process some of the meat into jerky. At an early age, she was drawn to horses and would draw pictures of them, but preferred riding. She and Terry would often take their horse and mule out on the hunting trips.
She will be remembered by her mother Lois, sister Trudy Lans, daughter Kimberly ( Joel) Rabago, stepdaughters Fearil Sparks, Sandiee (David) Knupp, Lindy (Brian) Snyder and stepson Shon (Myoungah) Sparks; 5 grandchildren, 8 step grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 6 step great grandchildren, and 2 nephews Roger (Angie) Lans and Michael (Julie) Lans, plus many other relatives and friends.
She was predeceased by her father last December plus many other relatives.
Memorials are requested to go to The American Cancer Society in Joan's memory, (P.O. Box 42040, Oklahoma City, OK. 73123) or to St. Andrew's Lutheran Church.
Celebration of Life