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Lillian Victoria Sparkes (Helgason)

January 18, 1929 - July 17, 2014


     Passed away on July 17, 2014 at home with her loving family present.  Lillian was born in 1929, the youngest child of Helgi and Helga Helgason in a family of three sons and four daughters.  She grew up on the family farm located near Foam Lake, Saskatchewan.  In 1950 she married Bob Sparkes and in following years they lived in many parts of Canada and the United States.  Their four children were each born in a different province.  Wherever Lillian lived she quickly made friends.  She looked for the good in everyone and never uttered a mean word.  She greeted everyone with kindness, understanding and the most beautiful smile.  She belonged to a church congregation wherever she lived and worked tirelessly to support her church.  She loved her children and adored her grandchildren who could do no wrong.  Left to mourn her passing are her husband Bob; her four children, Gary (Ginette), Susan Robb (Doug), Sharlene Phelan (Jim), and Glen; her eight grandchildren, Marjorie, Liliane, Renee, Kurtis, and Jaime Sparkes, and Jacquelyn, Corey, and Brendan Robb;  and her sisters Agnita Laxdal and Anna Johnson.  She was predeceased by her parents; her three bothers, Gudi, Chris, and Joe; and her sister Dora Mumford.  The family thanks Dr. Ismail and the homecare nurses, therapists and care workers who helped with Lillian’s care.  A celebration of Lillian’s life will be held at Duncan United Church on Wednesday July 30 at 11:00 am.  All are invited to attend.  On line condolences may be offered at www.hwwallacecbc.com


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Blair and Val Helgason
Relation: Aunt

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. Auntie Lillian was just like her siblings..always loving, kind and smiling. We are sure she will be hugely missed by her whole family!

From: Sharon (Helgason) Watkins
Relation: Niece

Dear Uncle Bob, Gary, Sue, Charlene & Glen.
We will be thinking of you as you say your final good-by to Aunty Lillian. She will be missed by so many. I remember like it was yesterday Aunty Nita & Uncle Grimur taking their family to your place on the Island when he went to Cadet Camp — they asked Mom & Dad if they could take me with them (like they really needed one more kid!!). I loved being with the Laxdal & Sparks families. We went to the beach one day – we needed 2 cars — each one thought that Charlene was in the other car — but we actually left her @ the Beach. After that Aunty Lillian gave us each a number & we had to yell it out to make sure all 8 of us were in tow! Wonderful memories of a wonderful lady. She was a beautiful lady inside & out. Take care of each other.
Much love to your family,
Russ & Sharon

From: sandra mcintosh
Relation: I know Lillians daughter Sharlene/Jim

Hi Shar and Jim

MIllie let me know that your Mom has passed away so wanted to let you know how sorry I was to hear that. Hope you are all doing ok at this time. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you and your family. I will be coming to the service with Millie on Wed so we can have a chat. Take Care Sandra

From: John & Esther Sharp - Saltair, BC
Relation: Friend/coworker of Bob and Gary

To Bob and Gary and the rest of the Sparkes family. Our condolences to all of you at this difficult time.

From: Diane and Rick Kreiser
Relation: neighbor/friend @ Fishing Lake

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family – we will miss Lillians smile and friendly “Hello”

From: Elaine (Helgason) Forbes
Relation: Cousin

Dear Bob and family:
Lillian grew up on a farm next to my family farm & from my very early years she was involved in my life. Her & Agnita would come over & spend time with me. With the age difference Lillian was finishing school when I was starting but I have fond memories of times we have met over the years – visiting in Victoria, at the cabin at Fishing Lake & most recently having lunch at the Burger Pit in Foam Lake. My thoughts are with you at this time & I want to extend my sincerest condolences to all of you. Love Elaine

From: Karen and Allan Zeller
Relation: Friends

Dear Bob and Family,
We were so sorry to hear just recently that Lillian passed away last July and wish that we could have attended the service. Thank you so much to Gary for getting in touch. We have such fond memories of Lillian from our Deep River days and are thankful that we had a chance to visit when we were on the Island a few years ago. We will never forget her kindness and her delicious vinerterta! Our thoughts are with all of you.
Love, Karen and Allan

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