Lynda Lu Palmer Sparling
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March 6, 1938 ~ June 30, 2019

On March 6, 1938, this world was made a better place. James Lynn Palmer and Fern Laws Palmer welcomed into their home their first daughter, Lynda Lu Palmer.

Lynda would eventually become an amazing big sister to Kent, Ned, Jack, Lurlene (Gutke), and Jay Palmer.  

She attended school in Blanding and enjoyed it very much.

She was a cheerleader and had many friends, some of whom were lifelong. She loved San Juan High and was even liked after she lost a game for her team by stepping onto the court and giving the other team points.

She attended school to become a hairdresser, and this is what she enjoyed doing for most of her life to support her family. She was very creative in building a beauty salon in any home that she purchased.

On August 17, 1956 she became Lynda Lu Palmer May when she married Phil May. Phil and Lynda shared six fabulous children, Lynnette, Tammy, Debby, Lamont, Margo, and Bernita.  During their marriage they lived in Utah, California, and Colorado. They later divorced.

At this time, Lynda chose to have another son, Rob Kenley. He was twelve when he joined the Sparling family.  

During this time in life, she was faced with many challenges. She lost her father to a work-related accident. Debby died due to complications from a car accident.

A reprieve was granted for a bit when she became a grandmother and met the love of her life, Al Mark, and became Lynda Lu Palmer May Mark. She then welcomed three more sons, Brent Kluge, Jack and Bert Mark.

Tragedy struck soon after with the death of Tammy, who was pregnant with Jacoby. Lynda and Al were happily married for 11 years before cancer took him from her.

She later married Don Sparling, becoming Lynda Lu Palmer May Mark Sparling, and welcomed three more sons into her heart, Bobby, Larry, and True Sparling.

Lynda’s greatest treasure in life was her family. She loved being a mother (at least until the kids were teenagers) and still loved her children with everything she had. Her grandchildren remember very fun and crazy times with her.

The postmaster was amazed at her weekly visit to send little letters and treats to each of her children.

She loved the outdoors and kept a beautiful yard. She loved the mountains and the rivers and would spend time there whenever she could, sometimes taking her sedan on roads intended for four-wheel drives.

She drove a school bus for a time, and the children in White Mesa learned to love her.

She served in many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved everyone she ever met and treated all with kindness. Everyone felt they were her favorite.

She was afflicted with Alzheimer’s in her last years and lived at Four Corners Regional Care Center, then Bella Terra Rehabilitation Center where she received loving care before she passed.

She is survived by so many people who loved her. Very few of them have been listed here.
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