Whitehall, New York/Lake Suzy, Florida – Patricia Ann Sparks, 84, owner of Skene Valley Country Club, passed away Friday June 4, 2021, at home with her family by her side after a long battle with COPD.
Born on July 8, 1936, in Niagara Falls, New York, she was the daughter of the late Virginia and George Thomas.
Patricia graduated from St. Mary’s High School and worked for the telephone company in Niagara Falls.
She married her childhood friend and high school sweetheart Clifford N. Sparks in 1955 in Niagara Falls. After their marriage, they moved to Fair Haven, Vermont.
In 1960, Cliff and Pat bought a dairy farm in Whitehall, New York, which eventually turned into an 18-hole golf course.
Patricia was a communicant of Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church and was a Guardian Adorer.
Patricia enjoyed traveling to her winter home in Lake Suzy, Florida. She loved her dinner outings and hosting Super Bowl parties with her family and friends. Patricia took great pleasure in shopping at Bealls, going to flea markets and craft fairs, playing dominos and putting puzzles together. Her favorite pastimes were being ranger on the golf course and playing in golf tournaments with her grandsons. She enjoyed eating desserts, especially maple walnut ice cream, and most of all spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Patricia is predeceased by her loving husband of 57 years and is survived by her five children Deborah Sparks of Whitehall, Cheryl (John) St. Clair of Whitehall, Dawn (Greg) Grenier of Poultney, Vermont, Jeffrey (Marcy Deyo) of Whitehall and Lori (Jeffrey) Seidel of Fairport, New York; her 13 grandchildren Matthew (Rachel) Waters of Whitehall, Rebecca Sharrow (Daniel Fitzgibbons) of South Glens Falls, New York, Grant (Amanda) Sharrow of Granville, New York, Travis (Lindsey) St. Clair of Fort Edward, New York, Lindsey (Tyler) Frakes of Plattsburgh, New York, Brittany (Travis) Beayon of Castleton, Vermont, Jennifer (Michael) Wolfe of South Glens Falls, Heather (Zachary) Owen of Hartsville, New York, Brandon Sparks (Paul Groff ) of Whitehall, Allison Sparks (Jake Ferguson) of Whitehall, Jordan (Maggie) Seidel of Okinawa, Japan, Austen Seidel (Emma Orlando) of Fairport, New York and Cameryn Seidel (Charlie Hammell) of Fairport; her 20 great-grandchildren, her brother-in-law Ken and sister-in-law Suzy Sparks of Springfield, Virginia; one nephew Derrick Sparks and niece Stacy Brent.
Special thanks to Washington County Hospice, Father Torres, Kim’s Home Care, Castleton Family Health and Dr. Diercksen.
Friends and family may call from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, June 7, at the Jillson Funeral Home Inc., 46 Williams St. in Whitehall. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 8, at the Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church in Whitehall with the Pastor Rev. Rendell Torres officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Kidney Fund, www.kidneyfund.org, or Washington County Hospice, 415 Lower Main St., Hudson Falls, NY 12839
Online condolences may be made at www.jillsonfuneralhome.com.