Winnie Lee Fitzgerald Hommel Sparks, a longtime resident of Young, rests in the arms of Jesus. She departed this world on Feb. 8, 2017. Winnie was born in Oklahoma on May 7, 1920.
From a young age, she grew up in Young, where she met and married Joseph John Hommel. She was widowed in 1968.
She married Charles Sparks of Young in 1974 and was again widowed in 1985.
She is survived by a son, Joseph John Jr. (Jack) Hommel, and a daughter, Linda Hommel Reed. Her son, Gerald Wayne Hommel of Wrangell, Alaska, predeceased her.
She is also survived by Ola Beth Sparks Harris Beedle, a sister-in-law and close friend since early childhood, and Neil Carr of Salem, Oregon, whom she fostered when he was a child. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews, 11 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held in the Young Baptist Church on March 18, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow immediately in the cemetery behind the church. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Young Baptist Church, P.O. Box 129, Young, AZ, 85554.