Joan Sparks Owens Wagoner

January 1, 1937December 19, 2015

Joan Sparks Owens Wagoner, born January 1, 1937, in Baltimore County, Maryland, went to be with the Lord Saturday, December 19, 2015, surrounded by family.

United in marriage to Richard C. Wagoner, Sr. on January 25, 1992.

Preceded in death by her son, Timothy Owens, parents Oscar and Jennie Baublitz Sparks, and sister Ann Sparks Gooding.

Survived by four children, Don Owens and wife Chris, Rick Owens and friend Lucy, Joni Mitts and husband, Steve and Paul Owens and wife Leah; five stepchildren, Shelly Hosford and husband Guy, Richard Wagoner, Jr. and wife Kay, Mike Wagoner and wife Julie, Alan Wagoner and wife Sandy, and Stephanie Gatewood.

Also survived by 22 wonderful grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren who knew her as Me-Maw; two sisters, June Demetris, and Joyce Ware, both of Redding, CA, and three brothers, Raymond Sparks, of Rising Sun, MD, Thomas Sparks, of Reisterstown, MD, and Jerome Sparks of Garner, NC.

She worked outside the home for many years, however, her greatest passion in life was being Mom and Me-Maw to her large family. She loved having a full table, serving everyone their favorite meals. Friends were always welcomed with open arms.

She was a longtime active member of Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church where she volunteered cooking, serving and decorating for many church events.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, January 2, 2016, at Mt. Pisgah U.M. Church at 11 am. A meal will follow in Social hall.

In lieu of flowers, consider memorial donations to Mt. Pisgah U. M. Church, P. O. Box 48, Mount Sidney, VA 24467. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


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Jack and Kitty Wine

January 1, 2016

So sorry. Prayers for Richard and all of the family.

December 30, 2015

God needed an extra special Angel to join him in heaven. Aunt Joan was the one chosen, he knew her heart was full of goodness and joy. May our memories of her laughter and spirit comfort the family during this time.

Love, Ray, Donna and Kaitlyn Sparks (Fawn Grove, PA)

Ashleigh Wagner

December 30, 2015

Memaw you will be missed by so many loved ones!!! You didn't know a stranger, and had the biggest heart of gold <3 We love you! Ashleigh & Anthony

Lynn Fogleman

December 28, 2015

Memaw was so close to my family that today my adult daughter told me when she was little she thought they were blood related. She remembers her as the lady in church with the candy bag. Our prayers go out to her family.

December 28, 2015

To my sweet, generous, and loving Aunt, you will always be remembered for spoiling all of us cousins and so many along the way. You are so loved.
May Richard and the family find comfort and peace knowing she has made her journey to heaven to join her beloved family members. I can hear her and Mom giggling now.
Sending so much love to you all.
Joyce and Mark Simon
( Newport Beach, CA)

Lillie Lowry

December 27, 2015

Sorry for your loss. Prayers sent to entire family.

Lee Livick-Combs

December 26, 2015

My prayers and love sent to all the family of Mrs. Wagoner. A wonderful person who had time for everyone. My deepest sympathy.
Love, Lee

Amanda Owens

December 25, 2015

I miss you "Sunshine " Love Always YOUR Mandee❤

Jessica Rohrbaugh- Roberts

December 23, 2015

I will always remember her as the "Candy lady" at all the Church league softball games.. Amanda and Family you are in my prayers.

Tamara TalleyCampbell

December 23, 2015

I will always cherish the memories I have of Joni, Terry, and I slipping away from classes at Blue Ridge Community College to go to Joni's home to enjoy a delicious lunch lovingly made by Joan. To Joni, and family I am sending love and prayers. Cherish the memories. Your mom will always be in your heart. Tamara TalleyCampbell