The Progress-Index - - OBITUARIES -

Mariah An­ge­line Sparks (Angie), age 82, passed away peace­fully in her home on Fe­bru­ary 8, 2019 sur­rounded by her fam­ily and friends. She was born De­cem­ber 2, 1936, in Buchan­nan County, Vir­ginia to John and Pat­tie Lowe.

She mar­ried her long­time friend and love, Wil­liam Joshua Sparks, Jr. in 1957, who pre­ceded her in death in 2008. Angie loved to love on peo­ple. She cro­cheted beau­ti­ful blan­kets for her friends and fam­ily. Her hands were rarely still. She also shared her love with food, such as her fa­mous BBQ, potato salad and the most amaz­ing fresh bis­cuits and gravy.

She was a Fos­ter Mother for many years, rais­ing kids as if they were her own and even be­ing a Mom to her son’s dear friend, Joe Robin­son, who lost his own mother years ago. For many years Angie worked as a nurse tak­ing care of the el­derly and in later years she cooked for chil­dren in Stafford County Pub­lic Schools. Her work suited her ser­vant heart.

Her life was a liv­ing ex­am­ple of the Bi­ble verse, Eph­e­sians 4:32 — “And be kind and com­pas­sion­ate to one an­other, for­giv­ing one an­other, just as God also for­gave you in Christ.”

Angie is sur­vived by her sis­ters, Ethel Fan­ning and Shirley Thibault; her daugh­ter, Mel­lie Huff­man and hus­band, Mike; son, Larry Sparks and wife, Chris­tine, and son, Joshua Sparks; grand­chil­dren, Joshua Sparks, John Huff­man, Robert Huff­man, Chris­tine Mor­ris; plus seven great-grand­chil­dren, one great-great-grand­child and her many neph­ews and nieces. All of these she loved and touched deeply.

The fam­ily will re­ceive friends on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 12, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Me­mo­rial Fu­neral Home in Hopewell. Her fu­neral cer­e­mony will be on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 13, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the fu­neral home. Fi­nal rest will be in Mer­chants Hope Me­mo­rial Gar­dens.

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