Salem Funeral Home Chapel
120 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Saturday, Dec 30, 2017
Nov 13, 1965 - Nov 16, 2017
Theodora (Dora) Sparrow, 52, of Winston-Salem died unexpectedly November 16, 2017, of complications from surgery. Her life cut short, she was in the words of Ezra Pound, “As cool as the pale wet leaves of the lily-of-the-valley.” Dora’s memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Salem Funeral Chapel, 120 South Main Street, Winston-Salem.
She was born November 13, 1965, in Winston-Salem. Dora is survived by her two children, daughter Gabrielle Sparrow Hill and son Warren Samuel deSitter Hill, both residents of Winston-Salem. Dora is preceded in death by her mother Lydia Rebecca Sparrow and is survived by her father Warren Sparrow of Winston-Salem. Dora is also survived by her two sisters, Catherine Peele (Alex Peele) of Chesterfield, MO, and Barbara Sparrow (Chapel Hill, NC) and brother Arthur Russell Sparrow (Julie James) of Winston-Salem.
At the time of her death, Dora was the specifications director at WalterRobbs, Architects, where she worked for 20 years. A graduate of R.J. Reynolds High School, Dora attended The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Manhattan, NY. She won awards for her volunteer work in education, Little League Baseball and the Governor’s World AIDS Day.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. Online condolences can be sent to www.salemfh.com.
I just wanted to express my deepest sorrow for your loss. It's so hard to part ways with our dear loved ones, but especially when we lose them unexpectedly. No doubt this is a very difficult time for you all, but please draw comfort from the fact that soon our Heavenly Father has promised to make death "no more”, here on Earth, and also to bring back our loved ones that have already "fallen asleep" so that we have the chance to be reunited with them (2Cor 1:3,4 Rev 21:3,4 John 5:28,29 & 1 Thess 4:14). Again, please accept my condolences
Mike, Dee and Dillon Wilson
To the family,
We were heart-broken to hear the news about Dora. She was so kind and willing to help if needed. Her home was always open to us, especially Dillon. She truly was one of a kind! A very special, brilliant woman and she will be missed on this Earth. I know how much she loved her children.
God Bless your family during this time and know the Wilson's are praying for your comfort. Our home is open if you ever need us.
Mike, Dee and Dillon
Thanks for being open minded about our Industry. I will miss our meetings ..
You will be missed by Many ...
Thinking of your Family ..
Dora lived right across the street from me and we got to know each other well over the past ten years. She became a dear friend and is so very, sorely missed. She was so big hearted and a one of a kind woman. My heart aches for her family. Much love and light to you in your time of deep sorrow. My deepest condolences.
Loran & Ruby Whaley
Our Family wishes to offer our deepest condolences to your Family. You are in our prayers. Ruby worked with Warren Sparrow for about 12 years along with George Bedsworth at their firm. May God assuage your grief in this trying time.
This is just a shock! My prayers are with the family, she loved you all!! Fly high my friend, fly high!!
I was so sorry to hear of Dora's passing.I always enjoyed cheering on the RJR baseball team with her when our boys played together.What a special person she was!! May God grant you comfort and peace during this difficult time.You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Sorry for your loss.GOD bless your family during this grief
Working with Dora for the past 8 years, she was always kind, collaborative, and working for the good of our team. She shared her soups for lunch, brought cake and dinners when I was out hurt or to celebrate the birth of a child. She hosted baby and bridal showers in her home. Her work family was important to her, and she treated us as just that - family.
Dora loved and was proud of both of her children, and we'd trade stories about motherhood that linger in my heart. She was kind enough to look at photos of my boys, and cheer along with me as they reached milestones in their lives. I have always admired her bravery in raising a child in Manhattan, and loved hearing her reflections on that time. She was creative, driven, and fiercely dedicated to her friends and family. The world has lost a supremely generous soul.
To Gabby and Warren: I met you both a few times, and though I do not know you well, my heart breaks for you. I hope you know how much your mother loved you. I do not think any mother was ever more proud of her sweet babies.