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Betty Fern Certain Sparks
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Birth: Jul. 21, 1922
St. John
Stafford County
Kansas, USA
Death: Apr. 23, 2008
Chelan County
Washington, USA

Betty F. Sparks, age 85, a long time resident of Wenatchee, passed away on Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at Central Washington Hospital. She was born on July 21, 1922, in St. John, KS to parents John and Lottie (Barker) Certain. The youngest of six children, she moved with her family to the Wenatchee Valley as a young girl, where they settled in the Squilchuck area before moving to East Wenatchee. On July 18, 1942, she married Robert "Vern" Sparks in Wenatchee. During the years that Vern was the General Manager of the Wenatchee Chiefs Baseball Team, Betty operated the concession stands at Recreation Park. Later, the family purchased two grocery stores, Vern's Food Shop at 5th and Chelan Streets and Lipp & Moore Grocery at 7th and Miller Streets. Betty worked and managed the stores from 1959, until the mid 1980's, when they sold the stores and retired. Following their retirement, they enjoyed traveling with their friends to places which included Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Fiji. She also enjoyed dancing at the Senior Center up until a month ago. Betty is survived by two sets of twin sons; Garry (Patti) Sparks of Wenatchee, Jerry (Nancy) Sparks of Snohomish and Jay Sparks and Jeff (Vickie) Sparks, both of Wenatchee. She is also survived by eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Vern, in 2002; also, three sisters and two brothers. Following a Private Family Entombment, a Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Wenatchee, with Pastor Kel Groseclose officiating. For those who wish, hours of Visitation will be Monday, April 28, 2008, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Wenatchee Valley Senior Center or charity of choice. Arrangements are by Telford's Chapel of the Valley, East Wenatchee. 
Family links: 
  John David Certain (1884 - 1945)
  Lottie Frances Barker Certain (1890 - 1970)
  Robert Vern Sparks (1918 - 2002)*
  Glen Warren Certain (1910 - 1981)*
  Thelma Jane Certain Ratekin (1913 - 2005)*
  Faye Marie Certain Weeks (1917 - 1981)*
  Wanda Lee Certain Peart (1918 - 2004)*
  Paul Raymond Certain (1920 - 1992)*
  Betty Fern Certain Sparks (1922 - 2008)
*Calculated relationship
Evergreen Memorial Park
East Wenatchee
Douglas County
Washington, USA
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Record added: May 15, 2008
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