Lillie Loraine Sparks passed away at 81 years of age January 3, 2017 at Holy Rosary Extended Care. She was born to Dan & Adeline (Maier) Flegel February 5, 1936 in Terry, MT. She was the fifth of eight children. The family had just moved into Terry, MT from south of town so Lillie’s oldest sister could begin school. Lillie lived much of her young life in Prairie County and later married Raymond Sparks. They had one son, Darrell Wade Sparks, on March 20, 1954.
Lillie held many jobs in stores and cafes in the area and after settling in Miles City with Raymond she worked at the Met Café and Red Rock. She spent many years working at Buttrey’s and met many folks from the town over her years there due to her friendly nature. She was honest and straight forward and had a strong work ethic. She was a good cook and good company. She enjoyed outings “with the girls” from work. She was both a loving and loved mother and grandmother.
She worked part time waitressing at Four Bs after she left her tenure at Buttrey’s then retreated to her home life where she tended to her dogs on the property she and Raymond purchased in 1984. Despite much strife and hardship Lillie was humble and wasn’t one to complain. She always had a sense of fairness, even when she was upset with someone. She had an old school knack for cutting the bull, yet she was compassionate and loyal.
After struggling with a brain illness in her final years she leaves this world having deserved better. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Don Flegel of Prescott, AZ, and Ivan Flegel of Albany, OR. She is survived by her sisters, Katherine “Kitty” Sampson of Glasgow, MT, Freda Glenn of Spokane, WA, and Elaine Leifieste of Ogden, UT, and brothers David (Kathy) Flegel of Parump, NV, and Roy (Helen) Flegel of Colorado Springs, CO, as well as her son Darrell Sparks of Missoula, MT, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.