ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Jill Sparkman.

On Wednesday, May 19, 2021, Jill Artis Sparkman, loving daughter, sister, and aunt passed away at the age of 64, with her family at her bedside.

Jill was born September 6, 1956, in New York City, New York to William and Artis Hill Sparkman. She received her teaching degree from Adelphi University and her Master of Special Education from Dowling College. Jill taught for over 35 years at Nassau County BOCES from 1978 to 1999, when she transferred to Prince George's Public School System in Maryland as a Special Education Teacher until her retirement.

Jill had a passion for music, which she attributed to singing in the choir at the Church of the Advent, and her involvement in chorus at Westbury Senior High School. She further enjoyed sewing and crafting. She was a collector of unique jewelry, especially earrings. Jill loved to travel and loved her second home in Aquinnah on Martha's Vineyard Island. Jill was known for her loving spirit of life, sense of humor, smile, and love of teaching.

Jill was preceded in death by her father, William D. Sparkman. She is survived by her mother, Artis Sparkman, her sisters Billy Donna and Gayle, her nephew William Ross Sparkman, and her cousin Adam Alford.

A Memorial Service will be announced, when the final plans are completed. 
We will remember her forever.


Posted by Beverly Cunningham on May 31, 2021
My love and prayers to the Sparkman family from my family. Jill and I met at BOCES in 1979 we worked at the CETA and Crossroads and numerous Programs until Jill relocated. We worked hard and played hard partying in NYC at Savage and numerous chocolate singles parties. We traveled to Atlanta, Philadelphia, Martha’s Vineyard, Virginia Beach and Norfolk, we were on the dance foot with the O’Jays, Hawaii we partied all night long for a week, Las Vegas, cruise to no where, cruise with Wilberforce University Alumni to Bermuda. We had great times and much laughter. During our last conversation we reminisced about all the fun times. May you Rest In Peace. You will be missed, love you girl Beverly Cunningham
Posted by Ann Swann on May 31, 2021
Jill always had a smile on her face no matter what the situation. Jill always looked to the positive side on everything she came in contact with. Jill was a blessing to the students in her class,the parents and the Principal. Jill would always step up for whatever needed to be done..The world could be a very great place if we had many like Jill. I will miss her, I will miss all the knowledge she passed in to me because she was one of the best Special Education teachers in the county.
Jill is resting in Heaven....Job well done.
I love you always.
Posted by Vivian Hernandez on May 31, 2021
Gayle, the pictures of Jill are so precious and the song by Michael Jackson so touching. I’ll miss her for all the days of my life. Love to you, Donna, your Mother and her nephew.❤️
Posted by Metta Jones on May 23, 2021
Jill and I both went to school in Westbury, many years later we reconnected through a mutual friend. A group of us began to travel together and one summer Jill graciously invited us to her family's home at Martha's vineyard, my first time there, what a wonderful time! Another trip was to Las Vegas..nothing but laughs and a great time! All fond memories! May the family be comforted by God's grace and memories of all the fun times! Peace and Blessings
Posted by Ronald Jones on May 22, 2021
There are a chosen few, who you could've met once for only a brief period of time that will create memories you'd cherish for life. The sisters made me their honorary Big Brother and my son, their nephew and always made us feel Special. and honored. I'll never forget how much crazy fun laughing we shared. No one can deny youve made a positive change in so many lives. We Love You Jill. Ronnie & Dev'Vonn.
Posted by CLAUDETTE Dewey on May 22, 2021
The Dewey Family is sending our Prayers and Condolences to the Sparkman Family. Jill was in the same grade as my sister Rosalind and that was when I met Her and Vivian and Gayle we all became friends and I would always love to be at the house enjoying having fun dancing and just being happy. Jill will be very miss by everyone,  SIP, you are in Gods Hands Now
Posted by Dale Danzy on May 22, 2021
How do you begin to explain what a true friend mean to you...
  Well,you can begin by telling how much moral support they gave you in troubled times. You can say of the love you felt for each other. Maybe just express how wonderful of a person they are. When it came to Jill,words could never explain...you had to live it. She and I have been extremely close for 55 plus years. Even once I moved to North Carolina we remained in contact as she continued to visit my grandmother every single day..rain,shine,snow or heat
You couldn't ask for a more dedicated friend. I love her very much and always will...she was and is "my best friend"

 I could go on forever with the blessings of who Jill was....but, if you knew her,I need say no more.
   Thank you God with the blessings of sharing her with us.
Posted by Vivian Hernandez on May 22, 2021
Jill and I met on the school bus to Kindergarten. Our friendship therefore spanned almost 60 years and we were Best Friends!

I have never known a sweeter, non judgmental, kinder, sincere, faithful friend or woman. 

Each time one of my family members passed, Jill was there by my side. Her presence was so precious;, she didn’t need to say a lot, just having her by my side meant the world to me. 

When I had issues with substance abuse Jill never backed away, it was like she never blinked; she remained a loyal friend who treated me with un conditional love, just the same as she always did. 

When my husband and I had our daughter Jill dropped by to check on me almost every day on her way home from work in Hempstead. She loved fashion and she used to coordinate all of her outfits with matching jewelry and shoes!

Our families enrolled us in Hansel & Gretel social club for young negro children, we were also in the Brownie and Girl Scouts together, so our lives interacted on many levels, not to mention our Dad’s being friends I believe that was fostered by them being in the NYPD together. 

We came to know each other’s siblings and I came to also love her sisters Donna and Gayle, as well as their Mom Artis , who was always so sweet and kind to me whenever I went over to visit or sleep over. Jill and I also loved each other’s dogs!

Love never ends, it never dies, so I will continue to love her for as long as I live and into eternity.
Posted by Henry Allen Stevens on May 22, 2021
As a high school kid I was smitten the first time I laid eyes on Jill , her outer beauty was a reflection of the beauty, sweetness and sensitivity she possessed inside. Years and life took its course, but I was happy and blessed to be able to talk to her in the last few years and months , the years didn't diminish my love for Jill, I will miss her dearly and will never forget her sweet spirit.
Posted by Gayle Sparkman on May 20, 2021
My sister loved and was loved.

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Posted by Beverly Cunningham on May 31, 2021
My love and prayers to the Sparkman family from my family. Jill and I met at BOCES in 1979 we worked at the CETA and Crossroads and numerous Programs until Jill relocated. We worked hard and played hard partying in NYC at Savage and numerous chocolate singles parties. We traveled to Atlanta, Philadelphia, Martha’s Vineyard, Virginia Beach and Norfolk, we were on the dance foot with the O’Jays, Hawaii we partied all night long for a week, Las Vegas, cruise to no where, cruise with Wilberforce University Alumni to Bermuda. We had great times and much laughter. During our last conversation we reminisced about all the fun times. May you Rest In Peace. You will be missed, love you girl Beverly Cunningham
Posted by Ann Swann on May 31, 2021
Jill always had a smile on her face no matter what the situation. Jill always looked to the positive side on everything she came in contact with. Jill was a blessing to the students in her class,the parents and the Principal. Jill would always step up for whatever needed to be done..The world could be a very great place if we had many like Jill. I will miss her, I will miss all the knowledge she passed in to me because she was one of the best Special Education teachers in the county.
Jill is resting in Heaven....Job well done.
I love you always.
Posted by Vivian Hernandez on May 31, 2021
Gayle, the pictures of Jill are so precious and the song by Michael Jackson so touching. I’ll miss her for all the days of my life. Love to you, Donna, your Mother and her nephew.❤️
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The Knowledge of Special Education

Shared by Ann Swann on May 22, 2021
If you needed to know something about Special Education laws, Jill Sparkman was the one. I remember sitting in many SSST/SIT meeting and Jill was my go to person..kept me on the right path, advocated for all students and parents. Jill was full of strategies,modifications and accommodations..all based on Special Education practices..Jill made my job easy and accountable. Thank You Jill for caring about the hundreds of students you advocated for.

Jill Sparkman: A light shining Forever

Shared by Ann Swann on May 22, 2021
Jill Sparkman always had a smile on her face no matter what the situation..Jill carried inner strength within her that always came out. I will miss her as I know that others will also...she was my sister from another mother..she was my girl..I know she is now walking the golden streets in heaven smiling and singing.
Rest in Heaven..my girl..we will meet again Love you so much