Mary Frances Sparks Shamburger

Published 9:44 pm Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Mary Frances Sparks Shamburger, 72, went to her eternal home on Nov. 29, 2016. She was born in Century, Fla., to the late James and Mildred Sparks. She was preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Rayleen Shamburger Scott. She leaves to cherish her memory Ray (Rayford) Shamburger, her husband of 43 years; her sister, Peggy Sparks Skipper (Arnold); brother-in-law, Ken Scott; and several nieces and nephews.

Fran graduated high school in Flomaton, Ala. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Livingston University. She touched the lives of many students through the counseling services she provided while employed in the Chesapeake Public Schools. She retired from the school system in 2004.

Fran loved to travel in Europe and Newfoundland and made several trips there. She was a master gardener and maintained a beautiful yard with flowers in abundance. She and Ray were members of Greenbrier Presbyterian in Chesapeake, and Fran enjoyed teaching several Bible studies. Fran loved the Lord. She was His good and faithful servant.

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A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, at Lake Prince Woods, 100 Anna Goode Way, Suffolk, VA 23434. A graveside service is planned for a later date in Livingston, Ala. Memorial donations may be offered to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6350 Center Dr., Suite 102, Norfolk, VA 23503. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, Suffolk, is assisting the family. Condolences may be offered at