LILLIAN MAVIS CLARKE
Born July 19, 1926
Died, Oct. 1, 2003
Peacefully at rest after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease, Mavis is survived by loving husband Al, her soul mate and companion of 54 years; sons George (Donna), Jack and Terry, all of Maple Ridge, sister Phyllis (Bubsy) Spong, of North Vancouver, grandson Jordan of Maple Ridge, granddaughter Shannon of Burnaby, sisters-in-law Helen (Stew) Manson, Margaret (Dick) Levasseur and families, many nieces and nephews, and the rest of her large extended family.
Born in Wrangell, Alaska, Mavis spent her formative years in Port Simpson, B.C. Mavis then moved to Prince Rupert, B.C. where she attended both elementary and high school, eventually graduating from Booth Memorial High. Subsequently, at the age of 18, Mavis moved to Vancouver, B.C. where she found employment as a stenographer for Birk’s Jewelers. It was while working at Birk’s, that Mavis would establish many friendships which would last a lifetime, and where, through a friend, she would meet Elvin (Al) Clarke, the man who would become the love of her life.
During the course of Al’s employment with Canada Post, he received many promotions, which entailed moving to various areas around British Columbia, among them, Revelstoke, Smithers, Kelowna, and eventually Powell River. Upon Al’s retirement, Mavis and Al moved from Powell River to Vernon, B.C. where they have since remained.
A sweet, gentle and caring soul, Mavis left a piece of her heart with all those with whom she came in contact, and was as a result, loved deeply in return. Her beaming smile and lilting laugh will stand as a testament to the type of person that she was, and this memory will hopefully be of some consolation to the many friends and relatives who are so deeply mourning her passing.
Mom, may God take you into His arms, and grant you the peace and serenity you so richly deserve. Although our hearts ache, we know you are finally free from pain. We are so grateful that your suffering has come to an end.
A heartfelt thanks to the superb staff of the Gateby Care Centre, Vernon, B.C., for the caring and compassionate way in which they eased the burden of these last difficult days for Mavis and her family. A special thanks to the nurses and staff of the 2nd floor of the Gateby, where Mavis resided, and to Julie Armitage, our angel of music, who gave us solace in these last difficult days.
Our love and affection to cousin Margaret Cornish, lifelong companion to Mavis, who has stood by our family through the entire difficult period of Mavis’s illness.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C. in memory of Mavis would be most gratefully appreciated.
A memorial service for Mavis will be held on Friday, Oct. 10, 2:00 p.m., at First Memorial Services, 602 Kingsway, near Fraser, in Vancouver.