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CONOVER, N.C. The woman internationally known as the Gourd Lady has died.

Margaret Sparkman was 95-years-old and is from Conover. She is known for making art objects out of gourds.

Sparkman has appeared on NewsChannel 36 many times. Her latest appearance was on Charlotte Today last spring.

The Catawba County native often had a display of her gourds at the Southern Christmas Show.

We first met Sparkman through Carolina Traveler Mike Redding. Shortly after his story aired, Jay Leno s people called and she appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2003 to show all of her gourd animals. She popped Leno on the head with a very large gourd.

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