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Jennie Bowman Clarke (1892-1986)

Mrs. Jennie Josephine Bowman Clarke, oldest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John William Bowman, was born July 1, 1892, in Laurens, South Carolina, and passed peacefully at home on March 1, 1986.

A scholarly person, she received her early education at Walden, attended Fisk University and graduated from Clark University Summa Cum Laude. She received her degree in classical languages and music and performed with the Clark University Orchestra. She served as a teacher in private and public schools before her marriage to Elder A. Wellington Clarke. To this union were born five children.

Elder Clarke, who is a retired minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, was blessed with her assistance in his ministry, as organist and choir director. She worked faithfully with him in any duty assigned to her by the church or conference. Their last assignment was in Portland, Oregon, at the Sharon Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Jennie is survived by her devoted husband, A. Wellington Clarke, a son, Wellington Bowman Clarke; four daughters, Yolanda Clarke, Jennie Watson, Vivian Carter and Hannah Ferguson; a sister, Stone E. Bowman; a cousin, Theodore Dale; nieces, eleven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Officating at the service in Brooklyn, New York, was Dr. George R. Earle, retired president of Northeastern Conference. Performing the eulogy in Asheville, N.C., was Elder Malcolm Phipps. Participating in the service were the great grandchildren who read the scripture, Camille Allen, daughter of Attorney and Mrs. William Allen of Brooklyn, New York, and Nicole Kuzmicic, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. George Kuzmicic of Huntsville, Alabama.

The final resting place of Jennie B. Clarke is at the family plot at Riverside
Cemetery in Asheville, North Carolina.

-North American Regional Voice, August 1986