WINSTON-SALEM Mariana Perkins Sparks, 87, of Winston-Salem, passed away peacefully Monday, June 10, 2019. She was born in Morganton, Dec. 1, 1931, to Julia Hilliard and Robert Constantine Perkins. She graduated from Lees McRae College in 1953, and began her career at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in 1955, where she was director of medical records for 30+ years. In her retirement, she enjoyed gardening, reading, volunteering and spending time with her beloved family. In addition to her parents, Mariana was preceded in death by her two sons, Kenneth Ray Sparks and David Michael Sparks; sisters, Agnes Shrecengost and Virginia George; and brothers, Robert and Frank Perkins. Left to cherish her memory are daughter, Carole Murray (Rick) of Winston-Salem, and daughter-in-law, Beverly Sparks of Gastonia; grandchildren, Joshua Sparks (BethAnn), Ana Linn Nifong (Patrick), Sarah Murray and David Murray; great-grandsons, Paul Nifong and Jacks Sparks; brother, Richard Perkins; and many nieces and nephews. A graveside service will take place at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 18, at Gaston Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen North Carolina, First Baptist Church in Gastonia or to Knollwood Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. Condolences may be sent online by visiting McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Sparks family.

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