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CLARKE, Vera Lovina (Johnson nee Levagood)

May 5, 1918 – Didsbury, Alberta
January 12, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Vera Clarke of Calgary, AB, passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the age of 100 years.

Vera was raised on the family farm west of Didsbury. On graduation, she attended Garbutt’s Business College in Calgary and afterward worked for the Royal Bank in Didsbury, Three Hills and Alix. She met Len Johnson in Alix. They were married in 1941 and the family lived there until 1956, when they moved to Calgary. Vera became reacquainted with Bruce Clarke after Len’s death in 1979. Bruce and Vera were married in 1981 and were together for twenty years. Vera was an avid curler with the “Big Four” Ladies Curling Club. She served in numerous volunteer roles with the United Church, was active in the Chinook Charity Bazaar, delivered Meals on Wheels for over two decades, and was a Brownie leader in Alix and a Canadian Girls in Training leader in Calgary.

Vera will be lovingly remembered by daughter Shirley Evans (Burn); her five grandchildren, Mike Evans (Pam), Janet Evans and Bradley Evans (Lori), Kathy House (Mike) and Jennifer Bridle (Stu); twelve great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law Myrtle Johnson; son-in-law Earl Jones; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins across Canada and the U.S.

Vera is also survived by Bruce’s daughters, Cheryl Wilton-Clark (Mike) and Beverly Matheson (Bill); her five new grandchildren, Jim Wilton-Clark (Andrea), Randi Dukes, Bruce Matheson (Leigh), Doug Matheson (Jennifer), and Brent Matheson; and sixteen additional great-grandchildren.

Vera was predeceased by her husband of thirty eight years, Len Johnson; too soon by daughter Sheila Jones; her brothers, Delbert and Glenn Levagood; her sister Marion Blades; and her infant sister, Jean Levagood and second husband Bruce Clarke.

Rest in peace.

Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held in the spring. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

Special thanks are owed to the staff and caregivers on the fourth floor at Garrison Green for their loving care of Vera over the past eight years. Thanks also to Dr. Mariette Van Wyk and Carol-Lyne Carter

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Girl Guides of Canada, www.CanadaHelps.org, Calgary Meals on Wheels www.mealsonwheels.com or The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, www.alzheimercalgary.com.

In living memory of Vera Clarke, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Shirley, we will miss you, your lovely smile and your piano playing on the 4th floor.
    Sounds like Vera was an amazing person, full of life, and a very kind and compassionate soul. I wish I had known her under different circumstances.
    Rest in peace Vera.

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