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Mary M. (Vogl) Carr-Sparey

Mary Margaret Carr-Sparey passed away at her home Friday, April 17, 2020 after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.  Mary was 76 years old and a forty-four year resident of Sedalia, Missouri.

She was born Mary Vogl in Saline County, Missouri on December 19, 1943 to the late Carl and Agnes (Brown) Vogl.  Mary was one of five children born to the Vogl family.  She, her three sisters, and one brother were raised on a traditional family farm.  Mary, a cradle Catholic, was a 1961 graduate of Mercy High School in Marshall, Missouri. Upon graduation, she was employed by the International Shoe Company of Marshall.  A work romance that blossomed into love took place with the late Robert E. “Bob” Carr, Jr.  This relationship was sealed in marriage at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Marshall, Missouri on June 26, 1965. The union bore two children: Tim (Amy) Carr of Sedalia, Missouri and the late Karen Carr-Boggs.

The family traveled with the Midstate Oil Company (Derby Gasoline Stations) from Marshall to Wentzville, Missouri and to Moberly, Missouri.  They established forever roots in Sedalia, Missouri in 1976.  Mary worked at the J.A. Lamy manufacturing from October 1976 until their closing in 1999.  Mary then worked as a cook for the Sedalia 200 School District at Heber Hunt Elementary School until her retirement.  The school children “Miss Mary” worked around recharged her spirit and brought a new spin to her life.

Mary was blessed with three grandchildren, Tiffany Boggs-Boehm, Stephanie Boggs-Sanders, and the late Alex Carr.  All were touched by Mary’s giving nature and love.  Her blessing extended to three great-grandchildren as well: Weston Boehm, Maelynne Boehm and Madison Sanders.

After Bob’s passing in 1996 Mary became addicted, as did many, to personal computers and forms of social media.  It was via an archaic platform know as ICQ that Mary met the second love of her life, a gentleman from “across the pond,” Michael “Mick” Sparey.  This English gentleman entered her life and the chance of meeting eventually blossomed into love, culminating in their marriage on February 14, 2009.  Mick, who survives of the home, brought three adult step-children into Mary’s world: Jason, Charlotte, and Debra Sparey, all of the United Kingdom.  Mary was also blessed with three step-grandchildren, James, Deanna, and Chloe Sparey.

Mary was also known (since 1982) by the nickname her son lovingly bestowed upon her, “Wiz”.  Wiz had many duties in her life, tasks she fulfilled, and honors that she carried.  To say it simply and with a very heavy heart, Mary/Mom/Wiz/Gam Gam/MiMi/Honey or any of the others names she answered to, she was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.

A private graveside service and burial will be held at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Sedalia.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Rieckoff, Robert Sanders, Doug Retherford, Rusty Kahrs, Brett Strouse, Weston Boehm, Jason Sparey and Thomas Lonton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to family choice, in care of Heckart Funeral Home, P.O. Box 434, Sedalia, MO 65302.

Friends may pay their respects and sign the guest book from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at Heckart Funeral Home.

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