“I will praise the Lord God with a song and a thankful heart.” Psalm 29:30
EDITH LaVERNE was born on January 31, 1943, and was the third child born to John S. Thomas and Alma L. Watkins. On Monday, February 7, 2022, she took her flight home to glory - forever to be with the Lord. Edith was preceded in death by her mother, Alma; brother, Acey Watkins; sister, Mary Watkins Brown; and devoted niece, Yolanda Brown.
Edith grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and received her formal education in the Richmond Public School System. Her first employment opportunity was with Richmond Memorial Hospital in Richmond where she enjoyed a long career. After eighteen years of service, she retired and moved to Baltimore, MD. In her new city, she found employment with the Holiday Inn and several years later, the Baltimore City Public School System. After twenty years of exceptional service with BCPSS, she retired.
Edith met and fell in love with Clarence, the charmer. When Clarence was offered a position in Baltimore, Maryland. He, without hesitation, accepted the offer and together they moved to Baltimore. In 1980, she accepted his marriage proposal and married the love of her life, her soul mate. They enjoyed 42 years of
togetherness and a sincere friendship. Edith and Clarence found great joy in supporting, encouraging, and making quality time for each other. Their made time for traveling, shopping (often jewelry), sightseeing, fellowshipping and serving at Charity Church, attending family gatherings and dining out. Late evening TV watching was so calming.
Edith loved traveling with her husband, Clarence. Traveling, meeting new people, discovering new places and things was priceless. Clarence always referred to Edith as his “Boo” (which he affectionately called her). Edith was quiet and soft-spoken, yet her words were heartfelt, impactful and intentional. She was a good listener, easy to talk to, and had an undeniable faith in God.
In 2006, Edith’s spiritual journey began at the Charity Community Church of God now known as Charity Church. Under the anointed leadership of Pastor Tyrone M. Thomas, on September 23, 2017, Edith was ordained to the office of Deaconess. She was a faithful servant and loved working for the kingdom of God. With humility, she enjoyed working with the Seniors’ Ministry and the Deaconate Ministry. Edith was a calm, strong, bright light and loved and appreciated by many. Early in life, she was a committed member of Chapter 10 of the Order of Mount Zion Star.
Deaconess Edith LaVerne Clarke leaves to cherish her legacy and precious memories: a devoted husband, Clarence Arthur Clarke, Sr.; sister, Henrietta Watkins; brother, James Watkins (Reverend Charlene); uncle, John Todd (Patsy) of Spokane, WA; sister-in-law, Shirley Clarke-Branch; stepson, Clarence Clarke, Jr.; stepdaughters, Paulette Clarke and Adrienne Clarke; nieces, devoted Wanda Harris (Joseph), Tuwarna Brown-Jones, Racquel Garland, Lauren McMullen; nephew, Otis Brown, Jr.; devoted granddaughter, Darshee’ Clarke; grandchildren; great grandchildren; great-great grand- children; and a host of great niece, great nephews, cousins, and friends.
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