Hilda Marguerite (Robertson) Sparrow


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Newburgh - Hilda Marguerite (Robertson) Sparrow, 89, passed away quietly on January 7, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. She was born April 28, 1929 in Brooksville, Maine, and was predeceased by her parents, Earl Linwood and Eunice Hazel (Dodge) Robertson of Brooksville and Penobscot, Maine, as well as her late husband of 54 years, Eugene Sparrow, of Santa Barbara, California and Newburgh, Maine.
Hilda was young at heart and enjoyed spending time with the younger members of the family. She always did her best to keep up with their activities. She was an avid reader and lifetime member of The Eastern Star, Riverside Chapter #123 of the Grand Chapter, Orland, Maine. She was a wonderful cook with one-of-a-kind desert recipes that she passed on from her own mother to her children. As a child Hilda was always outside and loved ice skating and sledding during the winter months, and in the summer enjoyed swimming in the waters of her native Brooksville on the rural coast of Maine. She had wonderful days picking blueberries in the summer, and in winter, riding to school with her friends in her father's horse drawn sleigh when the snow was too deep for cars to pass.
A military wife, Hilda lived in England and traveled throughout Europe. She crisscrossed America by car from Maine to California, Alabama, and Montana as her family moved from assignment to assignment. She was a strong and loving mother, left alone to care for her family when her husband was deployed to war, and when she and her children were evacuated from a strategic missile base during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Hilda left a beautiful legacy in her many skilled creations of fine knit wool and crochet blankets, throws and coverings. She created delicate and beautiful scenes, figures, and unique patterns that distinguished her handiwork. Even though plagued by severe arthritis, she continued to crochet heirlooms until her final weeks. She was predeceased by her sons, Richard and Barry; sister, Myrtle; and brother, Ralph. Hilda is survived by her daughter, Linda (Greene) Hubbard of Nashville; sons, Charles Sparrow of Cumberland, Maine, and Bernard Sparrow of North Carolina; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and many loved nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a committal of Hilda's ashes in the spring in Maine. This graveside ceremony for the repose of her soul is to be held at 2 pm Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the Brookside Cemetery, Newburgh. Flowers may be sent to the Hampden-Gilpatrick Chapel of Brookings-Smith at 45 Western Ave, Hampden. Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com
Published on March 22, 2019
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Donna Stehm, Roy Stehm
Apr 14, 2019
My Aunt Hilda was a very special lady. She was always the voice of reason when the girls would get going (my sisters, Mom, cousins). We visited Maine on countless occasions over the years of my lifetime and as always Aunt "Hid" and Uncle Gene opened their home to greet us. I loved her soft voice and little chuckles. She was an excellent cook. We would gain about 5 lbs after a couple of weeks in her kitchen. I am so glad that over the years I kept in touch with her, yacked on the phone and sometimes laughed until we cried. She was a non-judgmental person, saw the good in people and had a heart of gold. She is sadly missed by all. Our heart felt condolences to our cousins. May she re...st in peace. We are all blessed to have had her in our lives.Read more
Mar 24, 2019
Mom, you are not only my beautiful mother but my angel
and best friend. I always wondered throughout the years
how you managed to do so much for me and for others.
After having you with me for the past few years, I was
able to understand a little more. You always started the
day with enthusiasm and excitement to find out what
the day ahead would bring. No matter how bad you may
be feeling or hurting, you made it a goal to accomplish
something even if it was just to crochet once more
around that gorgeous afghan you were working to
finish. Always you would go outside for a walk and sit
in the sun, admire the trees, flowers, and especially the
birds swimming in the bird bath. Thanks to y
...ou, I have
grown to appreciate Mother Nature much more than I
ever did. Thank you for being a loving mother and for
being so devoted to your family, always encouraging
your children and grandchildren to do their best and to
keep moving. Love you, Mom and rest in peace.
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Brookings-Smith Funeral Home
Mar 22, 2019