Former Ardmoreite, Sandra “Sandy” Sparks Wilson, 84, passed away Dec. 20, 2018, at her Denver, Colo., residence. Sandra was born May 29, 1934, in Ardmore, the daughter of the late Bill and Mayme Lee Bailey Sparks.  
Sandra and Lloyd “Lou” Rolland Wilson, a fellow public school teacher and coach, were married June 30, 1961, and they had celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 2011, a month before Lou passed away.
Sandra was a graduate of Ardmore High School, class of 1952, and received a bachelor of education from Oklahoma A & M (OSU) in 1956.  She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority.
She moved to Denver to begin her career, where she taught at Hill Middle School. Sandra was an avid golfer and tennis player. She enjoyed biking and social gatherings. Sandra and Lou shared a life-long friendship with their fellow teachers who dubbed themselves the “39 and Holding Club.”
They carried that enduring youthful spirit into retirement, staying active with volunteer work and learning the harmonica. Sandra cherished her family and all of her friends from Ardmore, OSU, her Pi Phi Sisters, Denver tennis club and all her fellow teachers. Her exuberance and good spirits prompted some of her students to proclaim her as their favorite teacher. She remained a Denver resident, but returned to Ardmore often to visit friends, and she always kept in touch.
We all remember her as a very happy and caring person who never complained or had a bad word to say about anything. She was easy to love. Heaven is a happier place now.
Survivors include her many nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents, her sister Scotta Sparks Clark also preceded her death.  
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church, conducted by Reverend Rick Baggett. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery will follow.
A time of visitation and support for family and friends will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home. Words of comfort may be sent to the family online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.