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Westport's Mary Morrison Clarke, Volunteer

Westport resident Mary Morrison Clarke, a two-time cancer survivor and volunteer, died May 7 in Burgess Hill, England, while visiting family. She was 63.

Born in Savannah, Ga., Clarke graduated from Queens College in Charlotte, N.C., with an undergraduate degree in French. In 1972, she married Nicholas Clarke and helped him start and run The Bold Strummer, an independent publishing company.

Clarke survived two bouts of cancer, first in 1975 and again in 2000. She was an advocate for special education and a volunteer for both the Westport Senior Center and the American Cancer Society, where she counseled women with breast cancer through the Cancer Society's Reach to Recovery program.

Clarke was also a member of her Christ and Holy Trinity Church's Altar Guild and Pastoral Care Committee. Through her church, Clarke traveled to Honduras to volunteer at the Our Little Roses orphanage for girls. Outside of her volunteer work and spending time with her family, Clarke enjoyed aquasize and ballroom dancing.

In addition to her husband, Clarke is survived by a son, James Arthur Clarke and his wife, Kristen Ann Clarke; two daughters, Angela Mary Clarke and Jennifer Lilly Clarke; two brothers, three brothers-in-law, four sisters-in-law and their families.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to Christ and Holy Trinity Church, 55 Myrtle Ave., Westport, CT 06880, or the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club, P.O. Box 43, Westport, CT 06881-0043 (checks to WSR 21st CF).

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