Marlene Sprenkle, age 78, of Springfield, formerly of Lamar, passed away
Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Neighborhoods at Quail Creek where she was recovering
from back surgery.
Merle was born May 13, 1939, in Lamar,
Missouri, the only child of Walter and Mary (Clements) Haile. She attended Forest Grove Rural School and
graduated from Lamar High School in the spring of 1957. On September 28, 1957, at the Boson Methodist
Church, Merle married Charles E. Sprenkle and they made their home, raised
their two children, and farmed in the Boston area. In addition to being a devoted wife and mother,
Merle graduated from Pittsburg State University, fulfilling her dream of becoming
a registered nurse. Many will remember
her from the many years she cared for patients at Barton County Memorial
Hospital and later as a BCMH Home Health Nurse. Always active in her community, she had been a
member of Mount Hope Chapter 74 Order of Eastern Star, Calla Rebekah Lodge, and
Jasper United Methodist Church. After
moving to Springfield in 2011, Merle transferred her membership to Asbury United
Methodist Church, the Hartville Rebekah Lodge, and the Springfield Eastern
On November 17, 2009, after sharing 52
years of marriage, Charles passed away.
Merle was also preceded in death by their daughter, Ann Martinez on
December 29, 2012.
Survivors include a son and
daughter-in-law, Harold and Brenda Sprenkle of Jasper, Missouri; two grandchildren,
Carlos Martinez who lived with Merle, and Mandy Browning; three
great-grandchildren, Iain Knotts, Brianna and Julia Browning; and a large
The family will
receive friends following an Eastern Star service beginning at 6:00 pm Friday, July 14th
at Daniel Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 15th at the funeral home. Burial will be in
Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to
The Christian Children’s Fund, in care of the funeral home.
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