Resident of the Month
Meet Mildred Sparks
Mildred Sparks was born in Millen Ga to Mamie and Cap Sparks on Feb 26, 1938 on a sharecroppers farm. Siblings were in abundance as she had 14 of them. Mildred and Melba were the youngest of 2 sets of twins in their large family. They all grew up picking cotton and processing tobacco on that farm which made Mildred a pretty tough cookie although she was still voted the most friendly at her high school. After graduation, Mildred decided it was time to leave her farm life for the city of Savannah to get a real job at Bell Telephone or as she called it, Ma Bell. She loved her new job and seeing another side of life. She went out on the town one night with one of her cousins in Savannah to Globe Drive-In where she met up with Tom Mayo who was with a car load of cute military guys. He caught her eye and she his and they were married shortly after. Mildred was a loving and loyal military wife and became an amazing mother to 4 daughters.
She was president of the wives club and made sure the kids had plenty to do being involved in skating parties, dances, cakewalks, Girl Scouts, Vacation Bible School, church and the like. She loved bowling leagues and playing in the dirt; had the greenest thumb around not to mention her heart of pure gold to most that she met. After many moves, the family ultimately moved back to Savannah in 1975 when Mildred then decided it was time to join the workforce again. She began working at Kmart in the garden department and just really thrived there with plants and people for many years.
She began to walk 5 miles a day in her neighborhood not forgetting to meet and greet people along the way. Mildred and Tom produced much fruit in their years together with 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 13 great- grandchildren. How wonderful that you could always count on Mildred for great advice, funny witty quips to lighten up the mood, rock solid faith in her Lord and a strong shoulder to cry on during life’s ups and downs. Here’s hoping all the residents and employees at the Legacy will benefit from her unconditional loving nature and truly tested wisdom