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Obituary: Clementina Shingleton Sparks

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1914 ~ 2003

Surrounded by her loved ones, our beloved mom, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grand-mother, Clementina Shingleton Sparks, 89, passed away September 21, 2003 of complications following a pulmonary embolism.

Clem was born March 5, 1914 in Hampstead, NC to Richard Thomas and Clementina Ketchum Shingleton. Married Charles (Charlie) Sparks on Dec. 25, 1936. Mom was the ninth out of 11 children.

Mom was an exceptional person who loved and cared for everyone she came in contact with. Her caring and nurturing personality naturally led her to a career choice in nursing but she chose to leave that career behind when she started her family and became a full time mother, homemaker and wife.

Mom moved to Utah from Virginia with her husband Charlie in 1948 where they raised four children. She loved bowling and belonged to a league for 35 years. Mom was very proud of her perfect 300 game. She also played bridge for 40 years but especially enjoyed the lifelong bonds of friendship she formed with those friends. Other things she enjoyed were needlework, reading, luncheons with her sisters, and listening to Lawrence Welk.

Mom was an active member of the LDS Church and very proud to serve in various callings. Some of her fondest memories were in the Primary and Relief Society where she treasured the friendships with her ward members. She enjoyed living in the same house for almost 50 years and the close bonds she made with her neighbors.

Her family was one of the most important things to her and she valued spending time with them. We received many of our greatest blessings and memories through her. She was loved by many but cherished by all who knew her.

Mom, you are our best friend and you will live forever in our hearts. We love you.

Survived by daughter Pat Sparks Held, son, Chuck (Lorraine) Sparks, daughter Cheryl (David) Lloyd, and three sisters, Francis Parsons, Florence Earl and Elsie Mathis. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Charlie just 11 days ago and last year by her beloved daughter, Cyndi Taylor.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 25th, 2003 at 12:00 Noon at the East Millcreek 16th Ward, 3408 South Celeste Way (3120 East). Friends may call on Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, and at the church on Thursday from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. prior to the services. Interment: Mt View Memorial Estates, 3107 E. 7800 So. Funeral Directors: The Holbrook Mortuary.