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Louise R. Sparks Millner Collection
1941-1986
 
Extent: 21 items
 
Accession Number: 2008.014
 
Abstract: Newspaper clippings, correspondence, and other materials relating to the life of Louise R. Sparks Millner, a prominent African-American businesswoman of Southeast Missouri. Millner owned and operated the Sparks Funeral Homes of Cape Girardeau and Sikeston, Mo for 48 years, and was an active member of the community, focusing especially on the educational needs of children
 
Processed by: Amber Miranda, February 2008
 
Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Southeast Missouri State University
Phone: (573) 651-2245 Fax: (573)651-2666 Email: semoarchives@semo.edu
 
Provenance: Collection was originally located in Special Collections and Archives clipping collection.
 
Citation: Louise R. Sparks Millner Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Southeast Missouri State University
 
Restrictions: None
 
Biographical Note
 
Louise A. Russell Sparks Millner was born November 24, 1893 in St. Louis Missouri. Millner was married 3 times, and had one son, Robert P. Watts Jr., by her first husband. With her second husband, Frank J. Sparks, Millner opened the Sparks Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau, Mo, and later opened another funeral home in Sikeston, Mo. Millner continued running the funeral homes after her husband Franks death in 1956. Millner was a very active member of the community, especially working with children and educational issues. In 1985 Millner was awarded the Cape Girardeau Business and Professional Women's Club Woman of the Year Award for her work within her profession and in the community. Millner died on January 16, 1986 at the age of 92.
 
Scope and Content Note
 
The majority of the collection is made up of newspaper clippings (many undated) pertaining to Millner's personal life, business and work within the community, many dealing with her second husband, Frank Sparks. Also included in the collection are the bill for Millner's mother, Rosa R. Russell's funeral, a business card for Francis (Frank) Sparks, the minutes of the September 10, 1985 meeting of the Cape Girardeau Business and Professional Women's Club meeting, where Millner won the Clubs Woman of the Year Award, a picture of Milner accepting the award, cards congratulating Millner on her award, the program from Millner's funeral, and a letter of condolence to her third husband, Omaha Millner
 
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