Sparkman Oct 11, 1954 - Nov 20, 2013 NORMAN Barbara Gayle Sparkman, 59, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at her home on November 20, 2013, in Norman, Oklahoma. She was born October 11, 1954, in Glasgow, Kentucky, to Hollan Thomas and Gladys Ray Sexton. Barbara married Mike Sparkman on December 30, 1977, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and they raised two sons, Matthew and Joseph. Barbara was a Registered Dietitian and Program Director for the Oklahoma County Senior Nutrition Program, retiring after 40 years of service in 2012. She loved cooking for her family, reading books and gardening. Barbara was also known for making sure everyone ate plenty of food while relaxing by the pool and being the "lady that runs this place." She will be remembered by her family as a strong willed and loving person. Barbara is survived by her husband of 35 years, Mike Sparkman, of the home; two sons: Matthew and wife Deane, of Norman; and Joseph and wife Megn, of Norman; two brothers: Garry Sexton and wife Teresa, of Glasgow, Kentucky; and Jeffery Sexton and wife Darlene, of Smiths Grove, Kentucky; five grandchildren, Chase, Sylas, Jaxon, Gray, and Boyd; and a host of family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Barbara Sparkman to , 115 Park Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at the Havenbrook Funeral Home Chapel, 3401 Havenbrook Street in Norman. Arrangements for Barbara and her family were placed in the care of the Vice family at the Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman. Online condolences may be shared at

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Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 24, 2013