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Juanelle Sparks Fort, 74, of Big Spring, died Monday, March 24, 2014, in a local hospital. Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at the Peace Chapel at Trinity Memorial Park with the Rev. Craig Holstedt officiating.
She was born Feb. 21, 1940, in Big Spring and was a longtime resident of Big Spring. Many may remember Juanelle as being selected Miss Howard County in 1956. She was a member of the Big Spring High School Class of 1957. Juanelle married Richard W.(Dick) Fort, who preceded her in death in August of 1992.
Juanelle spent 24 memorable years as a travel agent in San Angelo and Austin, from which she enjoyed world travel herself before retiring after 9/11. Juanelle returned to Big Spring that same year to be with family and friends.
Survivors include two sons, Rick Fort and David Fort, both of Big Spring; two granddaughters, Kristin Fort of Austin and Layne Scales and husband, Joe; and one great-granddaughter; Ella Scales, all of Rochester, Minn.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, Willis and Pearl Lindsey Sparks; a brother, Robert Allen Sparks; and a sister, Lucy Hoover.
The family suggests memorials to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 2222, Big Spring, Texas 79721-2222.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences may be made at: www.npwelch.com