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SPARKES, Irene Isabel (nee Waite)

May 28, 1914 – Ribstone, Alberta
January 30, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Irene passed away peacefully at Wentworth Manor Extended Care at age 104 years. Thanks to the many staff and Doctors there who gave her such good care for many years. Thanks also to the members of The Community of Christ Church who visited her often for support, which she and all her family much appreciated.

Her loving husband for sixty-three years, Jack Sparkes, passed away in 1999 at the age of 85. They had three children together: Vernone (Kathy), David (Karen), Linda (Gary) who added six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Irene was born in Ribstone, AB on the family homestead, delivered by her grandmother. She had six siblings. She was a bright, fun loving lady, who loved to sing and dance, to read, and loved the mountains.

She was an honour student but had to give up her dream of a higher education and quit school in grade eleven at the age of fifteen, to look after her younger siblings and mother ill with T.B. She had various employments including the YWCA, Library, and was in The Women’s Army Core WWII.

Irene and Jack helped out many people along the way, and her children were lucky enough to have her as a stay at home Mom until they all left home. She will be missed by many.

A Memorial Gathering of family and friends will be held at the Wentworth Manor in the Bristol room (5717-14th Ave SW, Calgary, AB) on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

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  1. Arny & Erika Woker

    To all of the Sparkes Family: Sincere condolences on the passing of Irene. We always enjoyed visiting with her when we lived in Springbank, as we enjoyed our time with all of you! Wish we could be at the memorial to celebrate her life with you.

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