Debra Ann Sparks

September 14, 1956 ~ August 12, 2019 (age 62)


Debra Ann Sparks, age 62, passed away peacefully on August 12, 2019 after a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. She resided in Gretna, Louisiana and worked for the Jefferson Parish Public School System. Debbie is preceded in death by her parents Evelyn & Louis Sparks Jr., as well as other close family members and friends. She is survived by her daughter Julienne, her brother Louis (Judith), nieces Jennifer and Nikhole (Brian), nephew Chris (Kim), and many cousins. Debbie was a librarian at C.T. Janet Elementary School and during her time there she touched the lives of children, parents, and colleagues alike. She dedicated her career to spreading a love of literature. She spent her free time volunteering at nearby animal shelters and was particularly fond of her sweet rescue puppies, Mazy and Brinkley. The one thing Debbie loved above all else was her daughter Julienne; being a mother was her favorite role in life. She was a vivacious, free-spirited person and was always the life of the party. Some of her best memories were travelling and attending concerts with her best friends.
A celebration of Debbie’s life will be held on Saturday, August 24th, 2019 in the Gerard L. Schoen, Jr. Chapel of Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119. Visitation will be held after 1:00 PM, followed by a service at 3:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO) and/or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Interment will be private. To view the family guestbook, please go to

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