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Shirley “Sparky” A. Connolly

April 2, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Shirley "Sparky" A. Connolly, 58, of Matlacha, died March 22, 2014, at Cape Coral Hospital. She died of complications of the liver. She was born Feb. 25, 1956, in Huntington Beach, Calif., to William Reeves and Nadine Leonard.

She was a lover of people and children. Many have expressed she was biggest heart they had ever known. She was a remarkable one-of-a-kind person who was bigger than life and an untiring giver. She loved music, sun, ocean and to dance.

Sparky Connolly. Bigger than life. Lover of children. A fire that burned till the end and went out like a light. Her charm is what she sold and she did well. She ran a successful maintenance service for many years in Maui, Hawaii, serving large facilities such as the military base, airport, telescope lab, Ritz Carlton and many others. After relocating to Southwest Florida, she continued to operate her business for nearly a decade in Southwest Florida maintaining over a half dozen Publix shopping plazas on a monthly basis.

As a child, Sparky had not finished the 8th grade before a troubled life as a teenager. As she was the spirited kind of woman to be determined and strong, she found her way at an early age and by the age of 18 owned her own home and was fully self-sufficient. What was her secret? A genuine interest in other people. With an unstoppable curiosity and an eye for what turns people on, she always helped people that wanted help, brought people what they asked for and did it with a business savvy and profitability that didn't leave herself in the poor house. She was a regular wherever she went. She knew everyone. She never stayed too long, only long enough to make you laugh or your day a little brighter. After a few visits, everyone knew they'd see her back tomorrow or sometime soon. Her curious charm and daring style lead her towards becoming a top commissioned sales producer in the retail jewelry business. At one point she was a top producer for over 250 national stores. Her circle of influence included high-level jewelry executives with the authority to place large jewelry orders.

She is survived by her three children, Mistie Cohen, Christy Burrell and Dustin Boulton; father, William Reeves; as well as eight grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother and her only sibling, brother, Jim Reeves, in 1994.

Sparky would not have wanted for her friends and family to be sad about reaching the end of her life, but rather to celebrate the strength of her years. A kid at heart, she held out for her right not to grow up, yet she spent many of her hours focusing on the children in her life whether her own or by circumstance. She was the one people turned to if they were in trouble and needed to be taken in. She extended her time, money and attention to many who needed help. Many of the people she helped she also guided to attend church. She was proud of this accomplishment and always wanted more. She was an angel on earth who is now in heaven.

Her remains will be cremated and her ashes sent to Maui, Hawaii, which she considered her home, for dispersion over the ocean. Her service will be held sometime in June in Maui.

Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.



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