November 28, 1922February 2, 2013

ALMA DAVIS SPARKMAN 11/28/1922 – 2/2/2013

Alma Bernadette Davis Sparkman of Boulder passed away peacefully in her home on February 2nd. Alma is survived by five children, Marie Baumunk, Elizabeth Sparkman, Fran Hughes, John Sparkman and Raymond Sparkman, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, all of the area, and her brother, William Raymond Davis, of Portsmouth, Virginia. Her husband preceded her in death in 1987, and her daughter, Jacque Woodsome, died in 2004. Alma was born in Portsmouth, Virginia on November 28, 1922. She attended St. Joseph’s Academy and Norfolk Business College. She fell in love with Commander John William Sparkman III of Birmingham, Alabama, a naval aviator, and they were married May 10, 1943. Alma followed her husband in his military career to various naval stations and to his employment at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in 1962. She belonged to the Boulder Business Women’s Association, the Military Officers Association of America and St. Martin de Porres Widows’ Group. She enjoyed gardening, genealogy research and crossword puzzles, and she loved her work at National State Bank and Boulder Memorial Hospital. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. Mass of Christian Burial will be February 6, 2:00 pm, at St. Martin de Porres in Boulder. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or a charity of your choice.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 6, 2013


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February 10, 2013

The Rock Family sends thoughts and prayers your way! We are so glad we got to know her, if even a little bit.

Ray Sparkman

February 7, 2013

Ray Sparkman

February 6, 2013

I think some of the best memories of my mother are best expressed by a few of my childhood friends:

Tom commented on your photo.
Tom wrote: "I'm so sorry Ray, I have a lot of fond memories of her, especially the patient way she would say Raaaaaaaaaay in her cute southern accent when you were accidentally blowing up the house or yourself. 90 and still on Dartmouth. That IS remarkable. My condolences....."

Gary commented on your photo.
Gary wrote: "My thoughts are with you, Ray. I too remember going over to your house to witness smoke billowing out of your bedroom window and your Mom calmly asking from the next room "Ray, you're not going to do that again are you?"

Matt commented: She was still living in the Dartmouth house? You have good genes Ray! I too remember - "Raaay, what are you two doing?"

Anne Sparkman

February 6, 2013

Remembering the sweetness, the patience, and the strength of her beautiful spirit. Aunt Alma, Rest In Peace and my cousins love each other through this difficult time as she loved each of you. You are in my thoughts with love, always.

February 5, 2013

Alma was an angel here on earth. I know she's an angel now in heaven. My sincere condolences to her children and grandchildren. My love to you Alma, and thank you for all the love and support you gave to me.
Cathi Dreher

Melinda McCaddon

February 5, 2013

Dear Elizabeth,
My sincere condolences to you and your family. Losing your mother is so very hard.
Melinda McCaddon

The Boatwrights

February 5, 2013

All our love and thoughts to our Sparkman family.

Sheila Grotzky

February 5, 2013

Dear Elizabeth, I've always felt it was a wonderful thing that you had time with your Mother each week. You were very fortunate in that and I know you will miss her. Condolences from all of us. Love, Sheila

February 5, 2013

I didn't know her but she raised a wonderful daughter in Elizabeth Sparkman, my high school friend. Loving condolences to the family of Alma Sparkman.

John Boatwright

February 5, 2013

To my Aunt Alma and my Sparkman Cousins.Alma I will always remember your soft and loving voice.