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SPARKES, Karen Sue (nee Link)

June 18, 1945 – May 3, 2014

Karen passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Agapé Hospice, from thyroid cancer. Special thanks to Drs. Peter Dunham and David Hanley for many years of excellent care, and to Drs. Gary Gelfand, Janice Pasieka, John Kelly and Stephan DuPlessis, whose surgical skills extended her life. Thanks also to the physicians and staff of the Foothills Hospital, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, palliative care teams, Agapé Hospice and Alberta Health Services.

Karen was born and raised in Independence, Missouri, along with her three brothers, Rick, Ron and Tim, by loving parents Dr. Vance Link and Catherine Link. She graduated from the University of Iowa at the top of her class and, in keeping with her love of children and education, became an elementary school teacher. She settled in Calgary in 1970 with David Sparkes, her husband of 47 years, and raised four wonderful children, Julie (Mark) Fisher, Jennifer (Keith Pearce), Rebecca (Warren Yunker) and Daniel (Andrea), who have blessed them with seven lovely grandchildren.

Karen will be remembered by those who knew her as a kind and gracious person. She was a good listener and always very interested in the lives of everyone she met. She was a wonderful homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was admired for her special skills of quilting, knitting, sewing and folk art. She will be dearly missed, and her presence will always be with us.

A Memorial Gathering of friends and family will be held at the Springbank Heritage Club (244168 Range Road 33, Calgary, AB) on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, donations in Karen’s memory can be made to the Agapé Hospice, 1302 – 8th Ave. NW, Calgary AB, T2N 1B8, Telephone: 403-282-6588, www.agapehospice.ca or the Alberta Cancer Foundation c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29th St. NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4N2, Telephone: 866-412-4222, www.albertacancer.ca/memorial.

In living memory of Karen Sparkes, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Dr.Sparkes.
    To you and your family.We we very sorry to hear about your beloved Wife and Mom.
    A very classy lady.
    Bev,Michelle,Terry&Gord Mazerolle

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  2. Maureen & Jim Feeney :

    We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of your wife.We hope you can find comfort in the support of your friends and family.
    Jim & Maureen Feeney

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  3. Cheryl Adams :

    Sincere sympathy on your loss “The ones that love us,never really leave us” Karen was a lovely, caring and classy lady who will be missed. Cheryl Adams and Family

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  4. Irene Huff :

    Dear David and family:
    I was saddened to hear of Karen’s death in recent days. It has been some time since I have seen her but remember her well. She was a beautiful gracious, soft-spoken and gentle person. I remember you both when your children were small and the wonderful family you were then and continued to be.
    You will miss Karen very much. She has left a wonderful legacy and beautiful memories for you, her husband, and her children and grandchildren. May they be of comfort to you when those difficult moments surface. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    With deepest sympathies,
    Irene (Kahler) Huff

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  5. Janna Bentley :

    To the Sparkes family,

    Karen has left behind a legacy to you all that is worth more than anything materially- her family. You are her legacy. True wealth I believe is having strong, loving familial bonds that extend beyond a lifetime, and this is what Karen has left you with. She will always be with you in your hearts and I feel privileged to have known her through Rebecca. My thoughts are with you through this tough time.

    Love, Janna Bentley (and Duane, Briar, Jade, & Jett)

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  6. Dorothy and Ray Adlard :

    Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you at this time

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  7. Warren, Rebecca and Family

    We are sorry to hear the loss of your Mother.

    Our deepest sympathy

    Rose Butz and Family

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  8. Joe Bachman :

    Warren (Rebecca and Family We are sorry to hear the loss of Mother. Our prayers are with you all.Our deepest sympathy

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  9. Doreen van Stolk :

    Thinking of you during this difficult time.

    Doreen, Pete, Peter and Patrick van Stolk

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  10. Jeff and Nancy Gardiner :

    Such sad news to hear but glad we had a chance to include her in our lives when we met at Dan and Andrea’s wedding.
    Our thoughts are with you.

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  11. Dave and Carolyn Smith :

    David,
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

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  12. Dave and Toni Hughes :

    Dr. Sparkes and Family:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time. Memories are the best things in life and we are sure you have many special thoughts to hold in your hearts.

    Sincerely,
    Dave and Toni Hughes and all the family – formerly of Calgary – now of Beaver Bank N.S.

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  13. Garry and Marge Uhrich :

    Dear Dr. Sparkes and family,
    We were very sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. Sincere sympathy to you and your family.

    Garry and Marge Uhrich
    Airdrie, AB

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  14. The Heerema Family :

    Dear Dr. Sparkes and family,
    We are sorry to hear of your loss of your wife. Our most sincere thoughts to you and your family as our hearts go out to you.

    Your have been our strength, our physician for all of our family for many years, and know that the caring that you have always shown to others, will be there for you and your family as well. We hold you in our heart and prayers, and wish you peace and comfort.

    Phil & Mary Heerema, John, Derrick, Philip and Peter and families.
    Calgary, AB

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  15. Charles, Violet Costello,and family :

    Dear David,
    Karen touched everyone whom she met earning their respect, appreciation, and admiration for the person she was. As a neighbour, when your family lived in University Heights, she was the epitome of neighbourliness, always willing to share, care, and help when she herself was such a busy mother with her four growing children: Julie, Jenny, Becky, and baby, Danny. Karen’s peaceful spirit generated a warmth and calm within her family home, Although she has gone, may fond memories soon soothe you through trying times, and bring peace and joy for the times you and the family shared together.
    Our sincere sympathy,
    Violet Costello and family

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  16. Janna LaBerge :

    Dear David and Family: I just learned of Karen’s passing. Please accept my sincerest condolences on the loss of your wife, David, and the loss of your mother Julie, Jenny, Becky and Danny. She will be missed very much by those who were touched by her gentleness.
    Janna, Jaclyn and Danny LaBerge

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