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Nada Lee Sparks
Mercer Funeral Home in Holton
Topeka and Goff , KS

Nada Lee Sparks, 87, of Topeka, KS passed away April 14, 2014 at Stormont Vail Hospital. She was the only child born to Vernon and Desta (Baker)(Dempsey) Dilling in San Jose, California, on March 23, 1927. At the age of six months she came to Kansas with her mother, two aunts, maternal grandmother and sister. They settled in Goff, Kansas. She lost touch with her father and never met him. She graduated from Goff Rural High School as valedictorian of her class in 1945. She moved to Topeka to work for the State of Kansas where she met Wendell Richard Sparks who was in the Air Force stationed at Forbes Air Base. They were married on June 26, 1946. She lived in many places while moving with her husband during his military career. She lived in Nebraska, Kentucky, Japan and Maryland. After his retirement they moved from Aberdeen, Maryland, to Goff, Kansas, where they built their own home in 1970. They were members of the Good Sams enjoying traveling and camping. Wendell and Nada Lee divorced in 1983. Nada Lee continued to live in Goff until 1994 when she moved to Topeka. She was known for her sewing and craft talents. She was a member of the Sod Stompers volksmarching club in Topeka. She made many friends taking water aerobics classes at the YMCA. She worked on election boards for many years.

She is survived by two daughters, Ann (Roy) Wimmer, Holyrood, Kansas, and Sheryl Sparks, Topeka, with whom she made her home since 2005. She is also survived by four grandsons, Philip "Andy" (Linda) Honeycutt, Dexter, Missouri, Daryl (Angie) Wimmer, Independence, Missouri, Brent Wimmer, Cottonwood, Arizona, and Kevin (Shannan) Honeycutt, Belgrade, Montana.  She has 11 great grandchildren:  Kaylee Honeycutt, Matthew Honeycutt, Sean Honeycutt, Mariah Wimmer, Steven Wimmer, Jordan (Jamie) Trosper, Nickolas Trosper,  Emma Wimmer, Jenny Kohler, Jessalyn Honeycutt and Caelan Honeycutt.  She has one great great grandson, Landon Trosper.  She has two brothers Leslie Dilling and Lynn Dilling.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Judy Honeycutt; one grandson, Trent Wimmer; and two sisters, Nyra (Dempsey) Miller and Linda Dilling.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery at Goff. Family will greet friends from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. c/o Mercer Funeral Home, PO Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit