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Lois May (Donkin) (Charlton) Sparks


Lois May (Donkin) (Charlton) Sparks

Lois May (Donkin) (Charlton) Sparks of Dieppe, NB passed away at The Moncton Hospital on Friday, September 4, 2020 at the age of 88. Born in Saint John, NB she was the daughter of the late J. Harold and Elsie G. (Coleman) Donkin.

Survived by her husband, G. Douglas Sparks; son, Richard (late Shelley) of Quispamsis and their children Stephanie McCrory (Daryl) of Saint John, Vanessa Chamberlain (Luke) of Quispamsis, Adam Charlton of Saint John; son Stephen (Brenda) of Saint John and their children Laura, Kyle (Erica); daughter, Elsa Russell (Patrick) of Rothesay and their children Rebecca (Brad) and Brent; stepson Craig Sparks and grandson Jacob of Moncton; sister-in-law Florence Donkin of Moncton.

In addition to her parents Lois was predeceased by her first husband, Gordon S. Charlton and her brother, Ralph E. Donkin.

In her early years Lois worked as the office manager for Lloyd’s Plumbing and Heating and moon lighting as head cashier at The Flame Restaurant and night club. She also worked at McLean-Matthews Pharmacy in Lansdowne Plaza in the north end of Saint John. She bowled in a league at the Bowl-A-Rama Lanes on Union Street. She left Saint John for Halifax in 1969 where she worked for the Valu-Fair Health and Beauty Aids Stores in a management position. Lois then moved to Moncton around 1976 working at Eaton’s in Highfield Square as a cosmetician specializing in the Clinique brand of products, retiring in 1988.

She was a dedicated, hard worker in all her employment. A perfectionist in everything she accomplished. She loved her family unconditionally. Lois enjoyed travelling with Doug to many United Commercial Travelers (UCT) Conventions around North America where she made many good friends over the years. She was a great shopper, seeking her favorite brands in ladies wear and always looking for a sale. She was impeccably dressed for all events she attended from a barn dance to a formal event. She loved wearing sparkly clothes and nice jewelry. She was a TRUE LADY!

Lois loved to chat with anybody she encountered even right up until the past couple of years while she resided in the Moncton Hospital, McNair Manor (Riverview) and The Salvation Army Lakeview Manor (Riverview). She always managed to keep her wit and humor as most of her attendants would say, "Your mom keeps us in stitches!" "She is So FUNNY!" You never knew what she was going to say but it was always entertaining, and she was good with a one liner. Lois was very observant even with her dementia she still saw things others did not. She loved her daily visits with Doug until Covid hit (weekly visits) and yearned for that Big Kiss she was waiting for and finally got in her final days with us.

Our family is very grateful for the care shown while Lois was a resident at each of these places the past two years. We appreciate all they did to make Mom feel happy, relaxed and most of all comfortable. God bless you all and thank you for your support!

Arrangements have been entrusted to Tuttle Brothers & Riverview Funeral Home 214 Pine Glen Rd. Riverview, NB (506) 857-8564 where visitation will be held on Sunday September 6, 2020 from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, September 7, 2020 from Tuttle Brothers Riverview Funeral Home Memorial Chapel at 2:00 pm. Interment will be in Fairhaven Memorial Gardens.
Donations in Lois' memory may be made to the Moncton SPCA, NB Special Olympics or to a charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated by the family.

COVID-19 Restrictions are recommended with social distancing and wearing of masks

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Service Date
Monday, September 7, 2020
Service Time
Service Location
Tuttle Brothers and Riverview Funeral Home Chapel

Sunday, September 6, 2020
Visitation Time
2:00 to 4:00pm and 6:00 to 8:00pm
Visitation Location
Tuttle Brothers Riverview Funeral Home, 214 Pine Glen Rd. Riverview, NB

Burial Location
Fairhaven Memorial Gardens, Moncton, NB

Requested Charity
Moncton SPCA, NB Special Olympics or donor's choice