Dorothy Sparks

Dorothy Winifred Sparks (Reid)

1925 - 2019
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Ellsworth -- Dorothy W. Sparks 93, of Sullivan, ME and Quincy, MA, died January 6, 2019 with her family by her side. Dorothy was the much loved wife of Harold B. Sparks. She is survived by her children Robert Sparks and his wife Connie of Canton, MA., William Sparks of Colrain, MA., and Bonnie Sparks and her husband Hugo Diaz of Sullivan, ME.; grandchildren Caitlin, Mikaela, Wilder, Kindred, Amanda, and Georgie; great grandchildren Isabel, Theodore, Vivian, Matilda, Angelo, Knight, Amelia, and Finley; special friend and helper Marlene Walker; and many nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

Born in Quincy, MA., on July 26, 1925. She is predeceased by her husband of 65 years Harold Sparks, her parents Edward and Dorothy M. Reid, her brothers Robert, Richard, and William Reid, sister Barbara Zopatti, and son-in-law George Schaefer. Dorothy grew-up and lived in the Hough’s Neck section of Quincy, MA for 78 years, until moving to Maine in 2009.

She loved her family without question, without condition; their well-bring and success was her happiness. As grandchildren and great-grandchildren arrived her happiness was multiplied. To her last days the presence of little-ones would bring a smile to her face.

Dorothy's tenacious spirit was forged by her role as the big sister helping to raise four siblings. As a young woman that spirit persisted as she contributed to the WWII effort as a "Rosie" at the shipyard in Quincy, MA. Her heart and spirit was fed by years of volunteering. She was a vital member of the Houghs Neck Congregational Church where she served as a lifelong member of the Diaconate, Christian Education, Choir, Mothers & Others Club, Mr. and Mrs. Club, and the church Scholarship Committee. Her organizational skills extended to community service with Hospice, Hospital Volunteer Chaplaincy, Protestant Social Service Bureau, PTA and a myriad of youth organizations.

Dorothy found joy in music, nature and poetry. When she moved to Sullivan, Maine she spent long hours at her sunny kitchen window watching her garden bloom and observing the birds at her feeder and along the shore.

A memorial service will be held this spring at the Houghs Neck Congregational Church in Quincy. Donations in her memory can be given to the Houghs Neck Congregational Church Building Fund, 310 Manet Ave., Quincy, MA 02169.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St. Ellsworth

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Carol and Bob LaFleur

Posted at 01:35pm
Dear Bonnie and family,

There are not enough accolades to describe your mother. Simply said: She will be missed by all who knew her. Our thoughts are with you.

Carol and Bob LaFleur

Marlene Walker

Posted at 07:11pm
I will always cherish the memories that Dot and I shared...truly was a blessing to have her as one of my Queens and will sadly be missed at the kitchen table greeting everyone that walked through the door ♡♡Marlene

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Posted at 12:57pm
Wishing you comfort with the passing of your mom. It was truly a pleasure knowing Dot. She would often reminisce of former years and frequently accompanied her reminiscing with these words, "I enjoyed......". Whether she was speaking of helping with her siblings, learning to sing in harmony with her parents, raising her children, traveling with her husband, singing in the choir, taking youth on trips, etc, she treasured her memories and loved to share them. I didn't know Dot for very long, but I appreciate the times I was able to spend with her.
Glenda Farren

Beth Felipe

Posted at 08:39pm
My deep sympathy goes out to you, Bonnie, and the rest of Dot's family. As a member of the Sewing Circle, I heard about many of you from Dot over the years. We had so many laughs on so many occasions at one another's homes and during our get away weekends in NH. We even got some sewing done! I treasure Dot's friendship and wonderful sense of humor. I will always think of her whenever I see the chickadees in my yard. Peace to you, Dot.

Paula Christie Millar

Posted at 03:50am
Bonnie, Robert, William and family, I am saddened by the loss of your mother. I was visiting with my own mom when my brother called to tell her. My parents, Barbara & Hugh, were active participants in the HNCC church's various clubs and organizations and dearly loved your parents. Dot & Harold were both very well known and seen as very giving, caring, wonderful people. As a child growing up in Sunday School, I so admired them and they were both role models for me and for others, I'm sure. Their dedication and commitment to serving others and their calming presence were so admirable. They were mild mannered and always poised, so very pleasant and positive, and I learned much about serving others by their example. I remember with fondness, decorating the church at Christmastime each year. I learned the different terms for areas of the church from your mom. I also learned about serving as a junior deaconess under the example of both Dot & Harold. I treasure & value the people of HNCC, who were my church "family", growing up through my teen years. I always enjoyed and looked forward to their presence at our house, especially for the "Mr. & Mrs. Club Secret Pal" reveal. It was so exciting when this party was held at our house. Your mom & dad were such fun, in addition to being so loyal & dedicated at church. I truly admired them as individuals and as the loving couple they were. Your dad had the most wonderful laugh and your mom had an angelic smile. I hope these sentiments help comfort you, as you grieve this loss. You were blessed with beautiful parents. God bless and know I am thinking of you. Sincerely, Paula Christie Millar

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