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Updated: November 8, 2022 @ 8:04 pm
Barbara Sparkman Breeden Green, 73 of Marietta, S..C, wife of Charles Robert Green, died peacefully at her home Nov. 3, 2022, after an extended illness.
Born on Jan. 30, 1949, in Jonesboro, Ark., she was the daughter of Anna Dunham Sparkman and the late Robert Clay Sparkman.
Her parents moved the family to Rockford, Ill. when she was four years old and it was there she spent her childhood. As the oldest of eight children she was a forced extrovert. She became a caretaker at an early age, helping raise her brothers and sisters.
She attended Trinity Christian College in a suburb of Chicago. Several years later, she earned an Associate of Science degree in Business at John Tyler Community College (now Brightpoint Community College), while working full-time.
In 1994, a trip to San Diego and a stroll into a bead store led her to begin her journey as an artist. After taking a beading class, she found a love for jewelry creation and design and showcased her work at multiple art shows and festivals. At one of these shows the director of William Holland School of Lapidary Arts (Young Harris, Georgia) approached her about teaching a beading class at the school. That conversation led to 15 years of teaching numerous classes at William Holland and serving on the board of directors. Teachers and students recognized and appreciated her dedication to moving the school forward on a positive path.
Her love for art encompassed more than jewelry. She was a painter and silversmith and also loved working with polymer clay and etching wood with a hot iron. Family and friends were always delighted to receive one of her creations for a holiday or special occasion.
Extremely active in the arts community, she was involved with the Metropolitan Arts Council from which she received several awards. She participated numerous years in Open Studios and was featured as a local artist in The Greenville News. She was President of WESCAGEM (a local gem club) and was treasurer and president of the Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies.
Over a span of 25 years, she volunteered countless hours with the Girl Scouts, serving in various roles including troop leader. Her love for the outdoors and teaching and inspiring a younger generation brought her immense joy.
As a devoted mother and grandmother, she cherished time with family. She especially loved creating new memories with her grandchildren near and far, whether making a craft, exploring a new town, cooking pies or cookies for the holidays, or spending time outdoors.
She was loved by many and will be missed by many more.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Charles Robert Green; her mother, Anna Dunham Sparkman; brothers, Ronald Eugene Sparkman, Timothy Royd Sparkman and Thomas Lloyd Sparkman; sisters, Regina Sparkman Whitcomb and Nancy Sparkman Inskeep; her children from her first marriage to Fredric Lloyd Breeden, daughter, Sarah Breeden Carmichael and her husband, Rex; son, Jared Nathaniel Breeden and his wife, Kelley and son, Jonathan Robert Breeden and his wife, Kirsten; stepson, Robert Scott Green and his wife, Laird; and her beloved grandchildren, Leah Carmichael Mayton, Alexander Paul Carmichael, Nathaniel Patrick Breeden, Robert Duncan Breeden, Darby Connor Breeden, Annabel Julia Breeden and Sarah Lillian Green.
She was pre-deceased by her brothers, James Dunham Sparkman and Robert Lee Sparkman.
We greatly appreciate the kindness of the many friends who have been so generous during this time.
A celebration of life will be held in Brevard Nov. 13, 2022, at 2 p.m. at Moody-Connolly Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be left at www.mooyconnollyfuneralhome.com.
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