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Lauana Sparks

Lauana Sparks

Monday, November 18th, 1940 - Saturday, October 24th, 2020
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Life Story of Lauana May Sparks (Moore)

Lauana May Sparks passed away peacefully at her home, with family by her side on October 24th, 2020. She was 79, just 3 ½ weeks shy of her 80th birthday.

Lauana was born November 18th, 1940 in Newport, Oregon to Riley and Lois Moore. She had three brothers Ralph (and Pat) Wonsyld, Leonard (and Mary) Wonsyld, Butch (and Betty) Moore.

She grew up in Reedsport, Oregon attending elementary school through 8th grade. After moving to Hood River in 1954 she attended Hood River Jr. High, and then Wy’East High School with the class of 1959. She had many friends there including her very dear group of lady friends that were still getting together through the last few years for luncheons.

On October 11, 1957 Lauana married her high school sweetheart Melvin Sparks in Hood River, Oregon. The following year she gave birth to their first child Randy. Three daughters followed in the next six years, Jennifer, Julie and Pamela.

Lauana was very involved with her family. When her children were young she helped out with the Boy Scouts and was a 4-H leader. She also helped with many school activities. Camping was a very enjoyable part of the summer. Each year we would go for a weeklong camping trip to Lost Lake. She invented Glamping before its time! It would take two pickup loads to get everything there. She had a very elaborate camp kitchen set up with curtains included. She also had an arts and crafts table for special projects to do with her grandchildren. It was always a very fun week to enjoy with her family. She loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Christmas was always a very special time of year for Lauana. We would start off the season with a whole day adventure of picking out the perfect Christmas tree in the woods, while enjoying roasting hotdogs and hot chocolate around a campfire. When it came to decorating at home, you would have thought you were in Santa’s village.

Her other interests included trips to the coast and Eastern Oregon. She loved watching wildlife, with many small outings close to home looking for deer, turkeys and quail. At home she loved gardening and had many bird feeders and birdhouses throughout their garden to attract the birds.

When her family was young she would can enough fruits and vegetables to last all winter! She was quite the seamstress too.

Lauana worked at various jobs including Parkdale School cafeteria, Safeway and cleaning houses for close friends. She was also very involved in being on the Election Board at the Dee Fire Department. Her most loved job of all was raising her family and making them feel very special.

Just two weeks before Lauana began her new journey of life, she and Melvin celebrated their 63rd Anniversary. It was such a special day for the whole family to celebrate together!

We will really miss our very special wife, mother, and grandmother! Lauana is survived by her husband of 63 years, Melvin Sparks; son Randy (Claire) Sparks of The Dalles, Oregon. Three daughters Jennifer (Terry) Jordan of Renton, Washington; Julie Weseman of Hood River, Oregon; and Pamela Monahan of Hood River, Oregon.

Grandchildren: Chris Sparks, Michelle Lucas, Brad Jordan, Jason Monahan, Travis Monahan, Aly Weseman, Josh Jordan, and Taylor Weseman. Six great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews who she cared so deeply for, Along with her beloved black lab Suzie-Q. She also had many friends she felt were like family to her.

Lauana was predeceased by her parents Riley and Lois Moore, two brothers: Ralph Wonsyld and Leonard Wonsyld, and son-in-law Steve Monahan.

Family will be having a private service on November 18, 2020 (Lauana’s 80th Birthday).

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name can be made out to the Oregon Humane Society or the Audubon Society.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to:
Dr. Borate and staff with OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
Dr. Lynne Allen and staff at Celilo Cancer Center
The ICU staff at MCMC
Dr. McHugh at MCMC Family Medicine
Heart of Hospice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center • Celilo Chapel 204 E. 4th Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058. Visit www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Anderson's Tribute Center
    Address
    1401 Belmont Ave.
    HOOD RIVER, OR
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    Notes
    Due to the Governor's statewide orders, the service will be private to limit the number of people allowed to gather. Lauana's service will be livestreamed. Please join the family to celebrate her life. Go to Photos/Video tab and click watch webcast to connect or copy and paste the link below. https://livestream.com/accounts/6210666/events/9405573

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Philly Cook

Posted at 05:15pm
My heart aches for your loss. It was so nice to get to know you a bit at Celilo. Take care, please.

Philly
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Gina M Santacroce

Posted at 07:49pm
Dear Julie and Pam-

I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. I pray you and your family will feel peace and love that I send to you.
Blessings-
Gina Santacroce
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Jim Douglas

Posted at 08:29pm
I so much admired your mother. She raised four great kids. She always had a smile and she understood how to make everyone feel important, even a county agent who needed a lot of help learning his job. My condolences to you all. I will always remember you all as a great family.
 
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Kary Betz Posted at 12:38am

My sweet and beautiful aunt, oh how you will be missed.
 
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Sylvia Trujillo Posted at 10:49am

We met Mrs Sparks through her son Randy. My husband and I would go visit her and we so loved looking forward to see her and her beautiful garden. Her flowers were so beautiful and every time we would visit I always wanted to see what new flower she planted. Lauana you will be missed, and every time i see a beautiful flower or garden i will always think of you. May you rest in peace.
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