Obituary For Andrea Sparks
Andrea Sparks, age 93, of Stone Mountain, GA passed August 17, 2021.
Andrea M. Sparks was a talented, multifaceted, and complex woman.
She began her life as Annie Mae Sparks in Fort Valley Georgia, the youngest of four children born to Norman C. Sparks and his wife Leila Estelle Barnette Sparks. She was the granddaughter of Gideon Virgil Barnette, one of the Founders of Fort Valley State College.
Andrea’s childhood years were spent in Hartford, Connecticut where she attended elementary and high school. Upon her graduation from Hartford Public High School, she went to Howard University. After serving in the US Air Force during World War II, she pursued personal excellence and education. She subsequently graduated from Boston University Law School in 1952. She earned two master’s degrees in education from Westfield State Teachers College and Columbia University Teachers College.
Her career was equally diverse as Andrea served as a Massachusetts Recodification Researcher, a New York Public School teacher, as well as a New York City Rent and Rehabilitation Commission Appeals Judge.
Andrea loved all musical arts and theater. She was an accomplished concert pianist, dancer, and singer. She enjoyed living in the vibrant and exciting atmosphere of New York City, where the arts she so loved were accessible to all. She recorded one of her piano and vocal recitals. She taught her nieces and nephews about “Standing Room Only” Broadway tickets, the Automat and how to get around the city on a train or bus. She lived in Tudor City close to the United Nations Center where she worked and volunteered as a tour guide. Andrea could converse in several different languages - German, French, Russian, Italian, Spanish.
Very late in life she married her soulmate, Mr. Joel Guin. They enjoyed two happy years of marriage and companionship.
In 2001, just before the 9/11 terrorist attack, Andrea relocated to Georgia. While in Georgia, Andrea was a nearly 15-year resident of The Renaissance on Peachtree. She was a member of the Decatur Christian Church.
The pandemic of 2020 was devastating for many but more so for Andrea. Social isolation and the onset of serial strokes diminished her cognitive and physical abilities. She was unable to play her piano, ambulate without falling or take care of her personal needs. The Veterans Administration assisted in her transfer to Dunwoody Nursing and Rehab Center where she met her final days with compassion.
Thank you to all the staff of the Renaissance, Dunwoody Nursing and Rehab, and all other caregivers who helped her family to care for her. She leaves a niece, two nephews, several great nieces, and nephews to mourn her and celebrate her life.
A private memorial service will be on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.
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