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Former Laceyville Mayor, Mable Clark, Dies

Mrs. Mable Clark, age 78, of RR 2, Box 2020, West Main Street, Laceyville, PA, passed away at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre on Thursday morning, Sept. 9, 2004 after a short illness.

She was born in Tunkhannock on Nov. 14, 1925, daughter of the late Clayton and Mary Lane Felker. Mable was the wife of the late Richard W. (Dick) Clark, who passed away on Nov. 11, 1999. Mable and Dick were married just a few days short of 57 years.

Mable was born and raised in Tunkhannock where she graduated from Tunkhannock High School, Class of 1943.

Mable was the mayor of Laceyville for over 21 years. She was very community-minded, and she loved her community of Laceyville; very rarely did she like to leave her town, not even for a family vacation.

She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Laceyville and attended St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Tunkhannock where she served as Lay Minister. She was also a Chalice Bearer and served as secretary/treasurer of the Vestry of St. Peter's Church. Mable was a long-time member of the Laceyville-Meshoppen Ambulance Association where she served as secretary/treasurer for over 30 years and was also a member of the Good Will Fire Company Auxiliary. Probably her favorite civic organization of all was the Oldest House Association where she was a charter member and founder. She loved the Oldest House and what it meant to Laceyville. She held many offices throughout the years and enjoyed guiding tours and talking about its history. Another joy of hers was the family cabin in Forkston. Camp Yap Yap, as it was known to her family, was the annual gathering for the Clark Family Thanksgiving dinner.

Surviving are her son and his wife, Robert (Bob) and Betty Clark of Jenningsville; a sister and her husband, Ida and Donald Crawford of Tunkhannock; four grandsons and their wives, whom she was so proud of: Robert ((Bob, Jr.) and Kim Clark of Jenningsville, Brian and Kim Clark of Lovelton, Jeff and Penny Clark of West Nicholson and Bernie and Nancy Clark of Stowell; eight great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Turner, who passed away in 2004, and Mrs. Dorothy Gavek, who passed away in 1988.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. from St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Tunkhannock, with the Reverend Cynthia A. Guthkelch, rector of the Wyoming County ministries, of St. John's and St. Peter's Episcopal Churches, officiating. Interment will be in the Sunnyside Cemetery in Tunkhannock.

Family and friends called at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, on Friday evening, Sept. 10 from 5 to 8 and again on Saturday, Sept. 11 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Tunkhannock from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

The Clark family furnished flowers, but those wishing to make a memorial contribution may send them to the Oldest House Association, c/o Mrs. Andrea Robinson, Main St., Laceyville, PA 18623.

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