OBITUARY: Chenita LouAnn Sparks Braught

NEWTON—Chenita LouAnn Sparks Braught, 65, of Newton died Wednesday, April 16, 2020, at Kansas Christian Home in Newton.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, May 22, at the Hesston Cemetery in Hesston.

LouAnn was born August 31, 1954, in Hutchinson, the daughter of Irvin and Ruby Catlin Sparks. She went to Buhler High School and graduated from Moundridge High School.

LouAnn married Roy Braught on April 1, 1977, in Miami, Okla.

LouAnn worked as a housekeeper for many years at nursing homes, such as Schowalter Villa in Hesston, Wheat State Manor in Whitewater and Grouse Valley Manor in Dexter.

LouAnn loved her family and she enjoyed spending time with them and going on family outings. She was happiest with her dogs. She enjoyed her hobbies, such as planting, gardening, cross-stitching and painting. She also loved watching the O.U. Sooners play football. Everyone who met her loved her laugh; her laugh was infectious. She was such a dear friend with a wonderful sense of humor. She will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Donald Slayden; and her husband, Roy Braught.

Survivors include her daughter, Melony Harmon and husband, Kenneth, of Winfield;  sisters, Donna Detweiler of North Newton, Ronda Sparks Kirschner of Michigan, Sherrie Sparks  Priddy and Terrie Bates both of Royal, Ark.; four grandchildren, Nikia, Jade, Logan and Kyle Harmon; and two great-grandchildren, William Oxford and Easton Carter, all of Winfield.

Memorial contributions to the family may be send to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 East Broadway, Newton, Kan., 67114.

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Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.

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