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Nancy A. Clarke

December 22, 1929 ~ June 8, 2018 (age 88)

SOUTH HADLEY:  Nancy Ann (Johnson) Clarke, age 88, of South Hadley, MA, formerly of Edgartown, MA passed away on June 8, 2018.  Nancy was born on December 22, 1929 in Lowell, MA. She was the daughter of the late John H. and Alice L. (Snow) Johnson.  Nancy grew up in Lowell and graduated from Lowell High School, Class of 1947. She lived in Tewksbury until the death of her beloved husband, John “Jack” M. Clarke in 1980.  Nancy lived on Martha’s Vineyard from 1987 to 2008 before moving to South Hadley, where she resided until her death.  She was a licensed Insurance Broker and worked for a number of insurance companies in Lowell, Tyngsboro and then Edgartown before her retirement in 1994.   After her retirement, Nancy worked part time for the Edgartown Police Department as the E911 Coordinator and Desk Clerk from 1996 to 2008.  She loved her job at the Edgartown Police Department and made many wonderful friends. Nancy had many special friends on the island and in South Hadley.  She loved spending time with her Wednesday afternoon “Stitch and Bitch” friends on the island and with her dear friends and neighbors in South Hadley.  Nancy is survived by her son, Brian W. Clarke of North Eastham, MA,  her daughter, Debby A. Clarke and daughter-in-law Linda Carbone of Springfield, MA.  She is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews, Ann Grimes, Thomas Johnson, Robert Johnson, Nancy Alyce Abbott and Richard Colter, Jr. In addition to her parents, and husband, Nancy was predeceased by her brother, John T. Johnson, her sister, Arlene J. Colter, her brother-in-law, Richard Colter, Sr. and brother-in-law, William C. Clarke, as well as her niece, Carol MacDonald.  Nancy’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation and a special thank you to the staff on the second floor at the Holyoke Health Care Center and to the staff and volunteers at New England Hospice for their unwavering care and compassion. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. in the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, Holyoke. Calling hours will be held prior to the service from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family in the Tewksbury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Nancy to the Edgartown’s Patrolman Association, P.O. Box 1118, Edgartown, MA 02539 or to Dakin Humane Society, 171 Union Street, Springfield, MA 01105.

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