Nancy Alma (Sparks) Schmitz, Pendleton

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Nancy Alma (Sparks) Schmitz

Nancy Alma (Sparks) Schmitz, 91, of Pendleton, passed away peacefully and with grace and dignity on Sunday, June 1, 2014, as it was the season for God to call her home. As he always was, her husband of 73 years, Russell Allen Schmitz, was by her side, along with her daughters, Nancy Shoemaker of Anderson, and Beth (Bob) Fox of Pendleton, and her son, Terry Allen Schmitz, in spirit to welcome her to Heaven.

Alma was born on Oct. 19, 1922, in Kentucky. Her parents, Joe and Anna (Walker) Sparks moved to Indiana in 1924 to raise their family.

Alma was primarily a homemaker, caring for Nancy, Terry and Beth, and she took pride in cooking, sewing, gardening, and raising her children with their father, Russ. She worked with her sisters at the Marla Dee Shop in Pendleton as well as for Montgomery Ward at Mounds Mall for a number of years. Alma and Russ enjoyed vacationing at Lake Cumberland in Kentucky for several decades and, in retirement, spent time at their home in Markleville as well as in Florida, where they developed many lifelong friendships. Alma and Russ were avid square and round dancers and embraced the dance floor with laughter, energy, and a zest for life.  Alma and Russ also spent valuable time with family at Walnut Ridge Campground in New Castle. Alma was a 1941 graduate of Markleville High School and a lifelong member of Markleville North Christian Church, along with her family. Since 2012, she resided with Russ at Fall Creek Retirement Village, Pendleton.

Alma lived a full and rewarding life, surrounding herself with beautiful flowers, wonderful friends, and many generations of her loving family. She was a kind and caring person who was blessed with a good sense of humor, an impeccable sense of style and flair, and a keen ability to assure her thoughts and opinions were heard by all around her.

Alma is survived by her husband, Russell; her daughters, Nancy and Beth (Bob); daughter-in-law, Kaye Schmitz of Pendleton; three sisters, Edna McCune of Anderson, Janice Brumfield of Florida and Sandra Sullivan Cunningham of Anderson; seven grandchildren, Julie (Mark) Shoemaker Imel of Pendleton, Erick (Lesli) Schmitz of Greenwood, Dawn Schmitz Speedy of Pendleton, Brent  (Sharon) Shoemaker of Rockville, Maryland, Tara  (Shawn) Fox King of Pendleton, Todd (Helen) Fox, Daniel Island, South Carolina, and Tony (Heather) Fox of Markleville and 16 wonderful great- grandchildren.

Alma was preceded in death by her parents; son, Terry in 2004; two brothers, Joe Sparks and James Sparks; and two sisters, Norma Stoops and Louise Jones.

A visitation was held from Noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 6, 2014, at Markleville North Christian Church, 32 N. State St., Markleville with services at 3 p.m. at the church with Pastor Jerome Bell officiating. Burial followed in Grove Lawn Cemetery, Pendleton.

Arrangements entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory, Lahm Chapel, Pendleton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Markleville North Christian Church or the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

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