September 26, 1937 ~ January 19, 2024 (age 86)

MarRue Hunsaker Sparks, 86, of Honeyville, Utah peacefully returned to her heavenly home Friday, January 19, 2024, in Brigham City, Utah surrounded by family and friends.

MarRue was the second child and only daughter of Kenneth Hunsaker and Sylvia Gleed Hunsaker. She was born September 26, 1937, in Brigham City, Utah. She was raised in Honeyville, Utah and spent most of her life there. Her life in Honeyville was simple, but she was very happy surrounded by family and friends.

She was devastated when Vernon, her older brother and best friend, passed away at the age of 18.

She graduated from Box Elder High School and LDS Seminary. Almost 70 years after graduating, she still loved to sing the Box Elder School Song. Although she never attended college, she was very proud of the academic achievements of her children and grandchildren, most of whom attended Utah State University. Go Aggies!

After graduating from high school, she met Bryan (Bunk) Sparks, an exciting young man recently discharged from military service. They fell in love and were married in the Logan, Utah LDS Temple on October 12, 1956. They lived in Ogden, Utah and Little Mountain for a brief time before building a house in Honeyville, where they would live for the rest of their lives.

Most of the early years of MarRue’s married life were spent at home, raising her children, and maintaining the household. Once all the children were in school, she accepted a position at the Box Elder County Recorder’s Office, a job she held for many years until her retirement. She found work life very rewarding and treasured the many friends she made.

MarRue kept an impeccably clean house and was very happy to putter around in the yard: pruning the bushes, weeding the flower beds, and keeping things in good order. She loved chatting with neighbors, friends and family that came to visit. From an early age, she loved music, dancing, and the theatre. She particularly loved performing with her brother, Vernon. She was always excited to attend anything her kids and grandkids were involved in.

She was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in many callings. Her favorite work in the church was as a Visiting Teacher and it gave her great pleasure to visit with and serve her Ward family.

MarRue was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bryan, a brother Vernon, and her children Kevin and Joy.

She is survived by her children Les (Kathryn) Sparks of Kaysville, Lane (Cherie) Sparks of Wellsville, Holly (Mickey) Daines of Pleasant View, Kyle (Cori) Sparks of Honeyville; 15 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

The family would like to express gratitude to the staff at the Brigham City Community Hospital for the compassionate and loving care MarRue received.

A Viewing will be held Monday, January 29, 2024, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Myers Mortuary, 205 South 100 East, Brigham City.

Funeral Services will be held at the Honeyville LDS church, 2620 West 6980 North, Honeyville, Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at 12:00 p.m. with a Viewing preceding the funeral from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Interment will be in the Honeyville Cemetery.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at Myers Mortuary.

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