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Terry Sparks

Terry Elizabeth Sparks (Snider)

Friday, May 21st, 1954 - Sunday, April 4th, 2021
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Terry Elizabeth Sparks (Snider) was a nurturing and compassionate sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Terry passed on April 4, 2021, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late October, 2020. With her kind heart, her love of nature and her adventurous spirit, Terry touched the lives of many and will be forever in the hearts of her friends and family.

Terry was born May 24, 1954 in Elrose, SK, to Earl and Edna Snider. She was raised on the family farm in the Hughton area with her sister, Wanda Sanderson, and brother, Errin Snider. She attended school in Elrose before moving on to the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan, where she earned her Teaching Certification in 1974 with a major in early childhood development. That same year, she married Larry Harold Sparks and created a bond of love, friendship, and happiness that would last the rest of her life. Together, they lived in Lethbridge and Brandon before settling in Melfort in 1978. Over the next 43 years, they planted deep roots and raised a beautiful family together.

Terry was passionate about both education and community service. A founding member of the Melfort Daycare, she became an early childhood educator at the Kiddie Korner Playschool and an Educational Assistant with the Melfort School Division. She later ran craft and gardening classes for children of all ages while managing a local greenhouse through the summer months. As a volunteer, she was a director and educator with the Canadian Cancer Society, President of the Tamarack Garden Club, on the board of directors for the Saskatchewan Horticultural Society, and a guiding member of the Melfort Memorial Gardens Committee. Also an active member of the Melfort Kinette Club for many years, Terry was recognized with an honorable Life Membership in 1996. Through all her years of dedicated service, she built strong ties in the community and lifelong friendships she treasured until the end.

More than anything, Terry loved spending time with her close friends, family, and flowers. She had a spirit of adventure that took her from canoes to motorcycles to airplanes and always back to her garden. She sought out long conversations, warm cups of coffee, comfortable places to curl up and read, and greenhouses through which to wander. She was a devoted grandmother who never hesitated to get her hands dirty planting flowers, building crafts or painting birdhouses with her grandchildren. Terry made the most of her retired years by spending time on the road with Larry, traveling between her daughter’s family in Winnipeg and son’s in Edmonton with the odd motorcycle adventure mixed in. She always went the extra mile not to miss a birthday or special event. Her time was too short, but not a moment was wasted.

Terry Elizabeth Sparks was loved by many, and her legacy of kindness and compassion will be continued by her husband, Larry; her daughter, Shannon (Chris); her sons, Steve (Grace) and Joel (Catherine); and her grandchildren, Kaden, Jada, Andrew, and Nicholas.

The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of the Melfort hospital for their empathy and caring in keeping Terry comfortable in her final days.

Donations to the Melfort Museum would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.

A Graveside Service will be held at a later date when the world is allowed to travel again.
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Francis and Florence Gress

Posted at 04:03pm
To Larry and family,

So sorry to hear of Terry's passing.
Terry was such a nice lady. We got to know your family through the fun-loving judo years.

Thr Sincerest Sympathies,
Francis, Florence Gress
and Family
CR

Cindy Rae

Posted at 05:55pm
Dear Larry, Shannon, Joel, Steve and families:
I met Terry over 20 years ago when we were volunteering for the North East Cancer Society. From that time on our friendship developed into one of respect and gratitude. I will miss her dearly, but will continue to cherish the many precious memories that we had together. I especially loved hearing of her motorbike adventures with Larry and her deep love for her children and grandchildren.
My condolences to all of you at this time.

Cindy Rae
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Linda Kerslake

Posted at 01:02pm
We send our condolences to Larry and all the family of Terry. Terry was the playschool instructor for both of our children and was such a caring and loving instructor and person in general. She will be missed.
Linda Kerslake and Ross Lynd

Laureen DeBusschere

Posted at 05:09pm
Joel. On behalf of Laural and ourselves, we are so sorry to hear of Terry's passing. She deeply loved you and was so proud of the man you have become and I'm sure she took every moment to tell you that. We loved hearing stories of your journeys through her laughing retelling. Many more adventures to come with a special angel on your shoulder.
Larry. Alan and I feel your sorrow. What a life you've shared with your Terry! Our love and prayers are with you. I'm sure you'll hear a little voice to guide you in these difficult times,
Family. We were fortunate to hear the stories of Terry's pride in her family both new and old. We are sorry for your loss and hope the memories of Terry's love embrace you.
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Michelle Lavoie

Posted at 12:13pm
It has been a long time since I have known your family but I have wonderful memories of babysitting when you lived across the back alley from my parents' home. There is no good time in life to lose the love, presence and guidance of your Mom and Grandmother and no good time in life to lose the love and cherished companionship of your life partner. Sending heartfelt condolences as you continue to walk this path in life missing your lovely Terry.
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