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Shenin Delaine Sparks

May 27, 1969 - April 30, 2017

Obituary


Major Shenin Delaine Mallory Sparks was born May 27, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York. She was the proud daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Louis Edward and Sarah Alice Powers-Mallory. After almost thirty-one years of dedicated service as a nurse, to include time at the "old Walter Reed," she departed this life Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Before she departed this life she had the opportunity to be visited by many of her family members, friends, and acquaintances.

Major Sparks spent her early...

Major Shenin Delaine Mallory Sparks was born May 27, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York. She was the proud daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Louis Edward and Sarah Alice Powers-Mallory. After almost thirty-one years of dedicated service as a nurse, to include time at the "old Walter Reed," she departed this life Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Before she departed this life she had the opportunity to be visited by many of her family members, friends, and acquaintances.

Major Sparks spent her early years in Brooklyn, New York with her mom, dad, and older sister, Felicia. They later moved to Newport News, Virginia where she graduated from Ferguson High School, Newport News, VA. She was a stellar student who received her LPN degree from New Horizon Technical Center and her RN degree from a nursing program in conjunction with Riverside Hospital, Newport News, VA. At an early age she developed an insatiable thirst for knowledge and a desire to become a nurse.
Shortly after graduating from high school, Shenin asked her mother's permission to join the Army. Reluctantly, her mother consented for her youngest daughter to follow in the footsteps of her older sister by serving in the Armed Forces. Major Sparks quickly rose through the enlisted ranks while attending Norfolk State University, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in nursing. She later joined the Army's Nurse Corps as a commissioned officer.

Major Sparks was an avid learner and teacher. As a learner, she completed numerous Professional Military Education courses and received two Masters' degrees and was two courses short of her third Master's as a Nurse Practitioner before falling victim to ill health. As an educator, she was a certified instructor and served in numerous educator roles.

Major Sparks accepted the Lord as her personal savior at a young age. She was a member of Reid Temple A.M.E. of Silver Spring, Maryland until her passing. Major Sparks is survived by her son, Edward Sparks, Jr. (Alexis). She is also survived by one grandson, Bryson Elijah Sparks; one sister, Felicia Austin; five nieces and nephews, and; a host of aunts, uncles, and friends who will all continue celebrate her life.

Funeral services with Full Military Honors will be held Monday, November 6. 2017, 9:00 a.m. at the Old Post Chapel, Arlington National Cemetery