As you may know, Joy has been battling cancer for the second time since June, 2008. She has courageously fought the cancer via chemotherapy and radiation. Since December her condition has steadily worsened. She has been hospitalized four times since mid-December. I am sad to tell you that her cancer is terminal. She is now at home, resting comfortably and being cared for by hospice and by her family. Joy has maintained her beautiful smile and engaging personality throughout her battle and has never once complained. I am comforted by the wonderful times we have had together, especially the many trips we have made throughout the world and the great friends, former students/postdocs/visiting professors like you that we are blessed to have. Don Sparks
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
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Feb. 19, 2009----A memorial service to celebrate the life of Joy Sparks will be held at 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23, in Clayton Hall on the University of Delaware's Laird Campus. (more)
More photos added
FYI, an additional 100 photos were added on February 4. To see full size images, double click on slideshow above.
60 mostly childhood photos were added on February 10.
In Memoriam: Joy Sparks
Feb. 19, 2009----Joy Lynn Gooden Sparks, 57, the state 4-H coordinator for the University of Delaware's Cooperative Extension Service, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, at home in Newark after a courageous battle with cancer. (more)
Honored for work with 4-H
Jan. 5, 2009----Joy Sparks, who serves as the state 4-H coordinator for University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, has received numerous honors in recent months. (more)
Delaware Extension announces conference winners
Oct. 10, 2008----Thirty-four Cooperative Extension employees were honored for their programs, outreach and service at the Delaware Cooperative Extension annual conference, held Oct. 8 in Dover, Del. (more)
Honored for public service
Nov. 28, 2004--Joy Sparks, state 4-H coordinator for Cooperative Extension at UD, and Jerome Lewis, director of the Institute for Public Administration in the College of Human Services, Education and Public Policy (CHEP), received the first Ratledge Family Awards for Delaware Public Service on Thursday, Nov. 18. (more)
Graduate Fellowship Is Gift from UD Husband and Wife
Don and Joy Sparks love UD and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and it shows. Joy is a proud UD alumna who talks enthusiastically about her connection with Cooperative Extension, which began soon after her graduation in 1973. Today, she is the state coordinator for 4-H and youth development for UD Extension. (more)