Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

December 13, 2012

Jennie Parks Spry

Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — Jennie Parks Spry, 95, peacefully passed away on Thursday Dec. 6, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital Long Term Care Unit in Centerville.

Jennie was born Sept. 6, 1917, in Russell, to Delno and Bessie (Hoerner) La Favre. She graduated Russell High School in Russell. Jennie married James Parks and they had three children, Mary Jewett of Cottonwood, Ariz., Betty Veenstra of Urbandale and Bill (Carolyn) Parks of Ogunquit, Maine. In 1962, James and Jennie moved to Centerville where they purchased Parks and Brunt Ford. James died in 1971.

In 1974, Jennie married William Spry and moved to Des Moines where she lived until failing health required her to move to a care facility in Centerville under the loving, watchful care of her granddaughter, Dr. Kathy Lange. Jennie loved watching her children and grandchildren's sports and activities, bridge, traveling, golf, singing, sports and volunteering in the community, where she was active in PEO. Jennie was an avid reader of self-improvement articles, healthy recipes and financial reports which she lovingly copied and passed on to her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands; a brother, Glenn La Favre; a sister, Louise Thomas; several brothers and sisters-in-law; and her son-in-law, Ron Veenstra.

She is survived by her children; step-children, Don Spry of Centerville and Pat (James) Graham of Phoenix, Ariz.; 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; four brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Centerville with Father Bill Hubmann officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery in Centerville. A visitation will be held on Friday at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory from 12-8 p.m. with the family present from 5-8 p.m. A Rosary will be held on Friday at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory at 5:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the Jennie Spry Memorial Fund, Hospice of Central Iowa, or St. Joseph’s Family Shelter and may be given to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544.

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A luncheon will follow the committal service at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Centerville.