LEXINGTON, Ky. - Minnie Sparkman Craft was born on Sept. 14, 1912 in Knott County, KY to Rachel Amburgey and Johnny Sparkman.
She was a member of Southland Christian Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. Her father passed away when she was young. Her mother later remarried Mack Sloan. She lived for a time at Miss Lloyd’s school which later became Alice Lloyd College. She lived on campus as well as played point guard on the basketball team. She accomplished something that few women did in those days, she graduated high school. After graduating, she married Joseph Claude Craft, the love of her life, in June 1932. She gave birth to their only daughter, Gwen on March 28, 1933. She was a homemaker during the Great Depression and WWII. After moving several times due to the economic difficulties of the time, the family settled on a farm in Woodford County in 1946. They tried to survive, but the difficulty in farming caused them to sell the farm and move to Lexington in 1950. Lexington became home for over 60 years. Minnie decided to enter the job market. She was employed first by BB Smith’s as a shoe saleswoman, then by Purcell’s working in the office, and finally by the University of KY in the Pre-Audit Department. After Gwen’s marriage, the next big event was the arrival of grandson, Joe. After Gwen’s divorce and remarriage, the arrival of granddaughter, Delphine was a nice addition to the family. Minnie retired from UK in 1978. On every birthday she claimed to only be “39”. When Minnie retired she finally admitted to being 40. In her retirement, she bowled, traveled to many different places in the U.S., and enjoyed being with her family and friends. She was a big UK fan who loved to cheer the Big Blue on. In September she celebrated her 100th birthday in grand style with her family and friends. She will be missed by all.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Madge Howard and Mande Sloan; husband, Joseph Claude; and daughter, Gwendolyn Cartmell. She is survived by one grandson, Joseph Craft (Ida); one granddaughter, Delphine Cartmell Thompson; one great-granddaughter, Desirea Thompson; and one grFuneral services will be 2:30 pm Mon. at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Rd. by Whit Criswell. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Visitation will be 1 pm Mon. until the service time at the funeral home with an Eastern Star Service at 1:30 pm.eat-great granddaughter, Trinity Thompson.
Funeral services will be 2:30 pm Mon. at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Rd. by Whit Criswell. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Visitation will be 1 pm Mon. until the service time at the funeral home with an Eastern Star Service at 1:30 pm.
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