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

Graveside services are at 3 p.m. Friday, May 22, at Hesston Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the family can be send to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114. Condolences can be left at Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton.

LouAnn was born Aug. 31, 1954, in Hutchinson, the daughter of Irvin and Ruby Catlin Sparks. She went to Buhler High School and graduated 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, including Schowalter Villa in Hesston, Wheat State Manor in Whitewater and Grouse Valley Manor in Dexter.

LouAnn loved her family. 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 OU 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, and 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.

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