Laurie Jean Sparks

Laurie Jean Sparks, 62, of Wrenshall passed away on Monday, November 22, 2021 in her home.  She was born on December 22, 1958 in Duluth to Gerald and Barbara Cook. She was raised on Lawrence Road in Cloquet and attended Cloquet Schools graduating in 1977.  Laurie married William Sparks on September 19, 1998 in Carlton. 

Laurie received her AA degree from Lake Superior College in Duluth.  She worked as a commercial loan processor at Members Cooperative Credit Union in both Cloquet and Duluth and at Park State Bank in Duluth.  Prior to these companies she worked in the financial department at St. Scholastica.

She was a member of Bethesda Evangelical Lutheran Church in Carlton.  She enjoyed music including piano and she enjoyed scrapbooking.

Laurie was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, William; children, Christal (Matt) Stowell, Jason (Cora) Sparks, Jennifer (Jason) Goodwin, and Jeremy (Leah) Sparks; grandchildren, Raven, Jason (JT), Samuel, Jillian, Sebastian, Madison, Kaitlynn, Alec, Othin, Andrew, Quinton and Autumn; great granddaughter, Brynlee; sister, Stephanie Cook; brothers, Scott Cook, Harvey “Butch” (Kay) Cook, Tom (Mary) Cook, and Pat Cook; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation: 1:00 p.m. until the 2:00 p.m. memorial service on Friday, December 3, 2021 in Atkins Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street, Cloquet.  Masks are required.  A luncheon will follow the service in the fireside room of the funeral home.  To sign the guest book and leave an online tribute, see