Linda L. Sparks

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Linda L. Sparks of Dorchester, 71, passed away on April 19, 2015 from sudden complications of long-term illness. She was born July 3, 1943 to Ethel Lee and John Jerkins in Loxley, Alabama. Linda moved to Boston in 1955 at the age 12 where she lived in the West End. She graduated Girls High School in 1961. In her graduating class yearbook her stated ambition was to attend college. It is also during her years on Beacon Hill where she began a lifelong relationship with Old West Church. While she had long been unable to attend, she remained vocal and demonstrative of her celebration of the church that instilled deep belonging in a community which held her with respect and love.

On September 8, 1963 she married, Joe R. Sparks, also an Alabama transplant, who she met in Boston and made a life with for 52 years.

She attended Boston University and studied sociology where a course project evolved into a career in law enforcement. She was one of the first three women to join the Quincy Police Department in 1975. Linda was a proud member of the QPD for 27 years retiring as a detective in 2001.

Linda was also a proud member of the Prince Hall Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, Jurisdiction of Massachusetts where she was a Past Worthy Matron of Celestial Chapter No. 6.

Linda was a great traveler. She enjoyed exploring the history, culture and people of the Caribbean where she traveled extensively. She found deep joy and serenity anywhere near or on the ocean whether it was the Caribbean Sea or on the Cape. Linda was an adventurous spirit and at the age of 50 gave herself the gift of aviation lessons.

Linda was independence and grace personified. She is survived by her devoted husband, Joe R. Sparks of Dorchester; daughter, Melissa L. Sparks and partner, Martha J. Haverly of Ipswich; her sister, LaRose A. Jerkins of East Boston; half siblings; Elfina Jerkins of Loxley, Alabama and John H. Jerkins, Jr. of Troy, Alabama; her treasured godchildren, Kafe C. Williams-Kalez and Crystal M. Williams-Kalez of Jamaica Plain; aunt, Ruby Boyd of Riverside, California.

The family is grateful for the kindness and loving support of her friends, colleagues, Old West Church and healthcare providers over the years. Visiting hours will be held April 29th at the Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington St., DORCHESTER
9:30-11:30AM. Funeral service to follow immediately after at 11:30AM in the funeral home. Relatives and friends invited. Interment at Fairview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make a memorial gift to The National Kidney Foundation.

The National Kidney Foundation,

Mailing address: NKF, 30 E 33rd ST, NY, NY, 10016. Please write, “Memorial gift: Linda L. Sparks” in the memo line.