Wilma Jean Rowell Sparks passed from this life on Sunday, January 14, 2018, just before her 80th birthday, the date of her mothers birth. She is survived by her sister, Joyce Sehested, sister-in-law Gail Rowell, daughter and son-in-law Keith and Lezlie Christian, son and daughter-in-law Rustin and Sarah Sparks, and two granddaughters, Sarah Oxenreider and Emma Sparks. She is also survived by two nephews, Ken Sehested and Jason Rowell. Ms. Sparks was preceded in death by her sister, June Sullivan, her parents, Osvell Green and Viola Marie Rowell, her husband, Bobby Dean Sparks, her brother-in-law Glen Sehested, her brother, Jerry Rowell, her nephew Jeff Rowell, as well as her niece Glenda Sehested.
Wilma met her future husband Bob in high school in Bray, OK, and after his stint with the US Marines, they married. Soon, Bobby Dean would go to work for Halliburton, and their globetrotting adventures would begin! West Texas, south Louisiana, Singapore, Sumatra, Iran, and finally Ecuador, where Bob lost his life. Wilma returned with her children to Oklahoma to start a new life.
Ultimately, Wilma went to work for Robert O. Bob Cunningham, Bobby Deans step-father, who had a large investigative agency. She could not have known the ultimate scope of her work at that time. When Cunningham passed, she and Oliver Martin Marty Reed started an agency, and Lezlie did subcontract work for them. They worked local as well as national cases, some of the most dramatic and sobering in Criminal Defense.
She was not only a brilliant investigator, but a dauntless champion of those in need. Her cooking repertoire was vast and delicious. Everyone was welcome at her table. Had she not been an investigator, she could have been a chef. In later years, her most favorite activity was watching her beloved Sooner mens and womens basketball, as well as the Oklahoma City Thunder. Her last night on this plane of existence was spent with one of her closest friends, watching basketball, eating pizza, and drinking beer!
Published on January 17, 2018