Obituary: Guelda Mae Sparks Barr
Early December 28th, 2020 Guelda slipped the bonds of earth to meet her Master in Heaven, a victim of Covid-19. Guelda led an exemplary Christian life. On 9 July 1935, she was born Guelda Mae to Ernest and Effie Jane Harrington of Branch, MO. At age 5, her family moved to Flint, MI to find work. There she attended and graduated from High School. Guelda was one of 5 siblings. Sister Clarice (deceased), Glenna (deceased), Diane and brothers Don of Flint, Ron of Angelton, TX and Brother-in-law Ken Sparks of Tucson, AZ. 1954 Guelda married Bill Sparks. They later adopted Kathy and Paul. July 1959, Bill found work in Mesa, AZ and surprised Guelda with a move there.
Later, opportunity with Farmers Ins Co came available here in Prescott and in 1971, the family relocated to Prescott. Due to an unfortunate turn of events, Guelda was left alone for many years. She alone, managed the business, finally after a decade, retiring around 1995. One of Guelda’s many friends writes “Guelda, you bring joy to so many and especially me. Our lives have enriched because you have been there at all times and for many years”. Guelda, always an active member of the Nazarene Church, and for 50 years in Prescott Nazarene, always willing to give of herself, help, pray for others when she seen the need. She has never ceased being a loving mother to her son Paul, of Mesa. On 27 December 2018, she married a longtime friend, Kenneth Barr. Guelda told friends she wanted at least 2 years of happiness. And that happened to the day. Many will remember Guelda as loving, giving and spiritually encouraging person. A memorial for Guelda will be at 11:00 a.m. on 6 February 2021, at Church of Nazarene, 2110 Willow Creek Road, Prescott, AZ 86301. In place of flowers, Guelda’s charity was St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
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