Gladys "Lolly" Sparks (Ippolitto)
Gladys “Lolly” Frances Sparks of Corsicana passed away peacefully in Arlington, Texas on July 6, 2018, at the age of 83. She was born on December 20, 1934 to Michael Joseph Ippolito, Gladys Watts, and raised by Agnes Ippolito in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 ½ years, to Neal Francis Sparks (Msgt. USAF Retired) of Corsicana. Lolly is survived by their five children, Michael (and BachCuc) Sparks of Houston Texas, Denise (and Fred) Reed of Killeen, Texas, Wayne (and Janet) Sparks of Arlington, Texas, Kevin (and Jeanette) Sparks of Corsicana, Texas and Kenneth (and Julie) Sparks of Missouri City, Texas. She is also survived by her eleven grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.
Grandchildren are Benjamin (and wife Alison), Samuel (and wife Adriane), Matthew (and wife Christie), Steven, Patrick, Harrison (and Alexis Satterwhite), Rebecca, Lolly, Zachary (and Katie), Holly Sparks, and Samuel Chiaramonte.
Great Grandchildren are Ashley, Isabella, Aiden, Ethan, Noah, Nadia, Malachi, Naomi, Elena, Isaac, Lucas, and Harrison Jr., Ty and Logan.
Lolly had many interests and inexhaustible energy. Her career included volunteer work at family services providing support for US military families, a secretary at Atlas Moving and Storage and an administrative position at a local hotel. Lolly was a devoted wife and traveled around the world living at different military bases. After raising her children Lolly started three successful small businesses, Lolly’s Ceramics and Afghans, Video Personalities, and Lolly’s Embroidery. Lolly was also very active at her church, Immaculate Conception, and was pleased to craft many items for the parishioners and vestments for the Clergy.
Lolly was deeply committed to her family and will be missed by her family and many friends. They will always cherish the memory of her. She was a businesswoman, a seamstress, a fascinating story teller, a shopaholic, and a cook who wasn’t afraid to experiment. She had wit, grace, charm and boundless optimism and energy.
A rosary service will be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana, Texas. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 with Deacon Lewis Palos officiating. Interment will be follow at the Dallas Forth Worth National Cemetery at 2:00 pm. Pallbearers are Benjamin, Samuel, Matthew, Harrison, Aiden, and Ethan Sparks.