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Margaret Clarke, 97

LEE, Mass. — Margaret Davis Clarke died November 10, 2017, at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation - Laurel Lake in Lee. 

Margaret was the daughter of the late Dr. George G. Davis and Alice Mildred  Parker Davis and was born in Arcade, N.Y., on September 22, 1920. She was educated in  Arcade schools, graduating from Arcade High School as Valedictorian of the Class of  1938. She continued her education at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio. 

She married Lester J. Clarke on August 8, 1942, in the Arcade Methodist Church. The Clarkes first lived in Bath, N.Y., and after Lester entered Civilian Public Service as a Conscientious Objector in 1943, Margaret joined him at Camp 27F in Orlando, Fla.  After Lester's discharge from CPS in 1946, they moved to a barn in South Lee and built a rammed earth house, moving into it in 1951. 

For about 25 years, Margaret was employed as a medical secretary in Florida by Dr. Elwyn Evans, a cardiologist; in Pittsfield by Dr. S. Spence Levin; by Dr. Byrne DeWeese, an anesthesiologist; and by Dr. Christopher Mamonas, urologist; for 14 years as parish secretary at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Stockbridge. Then for several years she was secretary to Ursula M. Niebuhr, assisting with correspondence, manuscript  typing and medical insurance-finally retiring in 1995. 

The Clarkes became members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in the early 1950s and were members of the Middle Connecticut Valley Monthly Meeting, now Mt. Toby Monthly Meeting in Leverett, Mass. As that meeting was at a distance, the Clarkes held Meeting for Worship in their home from 1968-1983, moving to Simon's Rock College for the next 14 years. Now the meeting, South Berkshire Monthly Meeting, has its own meeting house in Great Barrington. Margaret has held office as Treasurer, Recording Clerk, Clerk of the meeting, Clerk of Ministry and Counsel and Representative of the meeting for New England Yearly Meeting Ministry and Counsel.

The Clarkes renewed their Marriage Vows on August 8, 1992 at the New England Yearly Meeting sessions on their 50th anniversary. Lester predeceased Margaret in an automobile accident on August 19, 1999. She was also predeceased by her sisters Dorothy Davis Carter and Elizabeth Davis Burns and a niece, Suzanne Carol Burns.

She is survived by her niece, Karen J. Burns of Syracuse, N.Y. She also leaves her many friends at South Berkshire Meeting and her loving friends, Laurel and Mario Caluori, Bonner McAllester, and Joe Baker.

We are especially thankful to the staff at Kindred at Laurel Lake for their care for Margaret during her last years.

Funeral notice: A Memorial Meeting will be held at on November 26, 2017, from noon to 1 p.m. at the South Berkshire Meeting House at 280 State Road, Great Barrington. 

Margaret was a quiet, intelligent individual who was always interested in world affairs. She regularly donated to countless charities, knitted leper bandages for decades, and had a love for all living things, especially her cats. She will be sorely missed.


Obituary Provided By: Kelly Funeral Home

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