CLARKE, Reverend Frances Mary …
On Thursday, July 5, 2018, Reverend Frances Mary Clarke “Fran” flew away to find her new place in the endless circle of love with family by her side. She is now with the Source of love, light and life, where she longed to be. Beloved daughter of the late Reverend John T. and Lily Clarke. Cherished sister of Margaret (John) Clark, Odeyne (George) Wodskou and Allison (Larry) McLaren and sister-in-law of Elaine Clarke. Predeceased by her brother Reverend Ewart Clarke (2009) and her sister Florence Clarke (2004). Remembered with love by dear friends Barbara Birk-Olsen and Brenda Stewart. Also survived by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Fran was designated as a deaconess in 1956 and served as director of Christian Education in Colborne St. United Church in Brantford, Port Nelson United Church in Burlington and Central United Church in Sarnia. After returning to university, she was ordained in 1977 and became part of the team ministry at Metropolitan United Church in London. Fran touched many hearts with her wisdom and gentle, generous nature. She was highly skilled with words and crafts. Her powerful prayers brought comfort and encouragement. She took great delight in designing amazing banners. Many newborn’s heads and older laps have been warmed by her knitting. Fran inspired with beautiful slide shows illustrating scriptures and hymns. One of her greatest joys came from transforming real egg shells into works of art which she delighted in giving away to family and friends. Friends will be received by the family on Thursday, August 16, 2018 one hour prior (10-11am) to the funeral service taking place at Metropolitan United Church, 468 Wellington Street, London, ON N6A 3P8 at 11 am. If wished, donations may be made to the Metropolitan United Church Foundation or a chairty of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at

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