Gail Marie Clarke was born on May 3, 1947 to Mac and Gladys Clarke in Nipawin, SK. A little sister to her brother Wesley.
Mom grew up on a farm in Torch River and worked side by side with her Dad. School was in White Fox where she rode the bus that her Dad drove. Mom told us many stories of growing up "Across the Torch". As kids we spent a lot of time there with
Mom and Dad and our grandparents. It became our 2nd home and we loved it as much as Mom did.
Wesley was 12 years older than Mom and went away to college when Mom was young. The Froese Family just down the road were like sisters and brothers. There was always room for her at the dinner table. The Froese kids, as Mom always referred to them, remain friends to this day.
Mom excelled in school athletically and academically. She brought up many times how she always came in 2nd place behind Verda Hoppe on Field Day.
Mom met Dad and were married on July 16, 1966. They spent 2 years in Edmonton where Patty was born. Home beckoned and they moved to Cherry Ridge where Dawn was born. In Cherry Ridge, Mom enjoyed curling with the ladies and told us that she would take Patty and Dawn down to the curling rink and they would sleep in a cardboard box. They enjoyed their time there and made lasting friendships.
They then moved to Nipawin where Shannon was born. Mom was "hardly" a stay at home Mom. She coached Ringette, baseball and sold encyclopedias (which paid for a trip to Disneyland). We always had a large garden and Mom and Gramma Clarke canned for hours! She made amazing cinnamon buns and bread. Coming home from school and smelling fresh baked bread. Only meat pork hock and beans for supper.
Mom acquired her school bus licence and drove for 35 years. She would spare drive for any sport or class trip her children went to just so she could always be there! On her last trip, she drove her youngest grandson Owen to his 1st day of Kindergarten. In addition to that, Mom and Dad bought the "Puppy Shop" and over the course of a few years acquired 18 rental properties. They scrubbed, scraped and painted. It was long hours and a lot of work, but because they did it together it didn’t seem like work.
Dad started driving truck for Petro Canada. Eventually they bought the business which they ran for 14 years before semi-retiring. They received many awards of excellence during their time there.
Mom and Dad spent many winters in the southern US. Then took trips to Mexico, Cuba and Dominican where their children and grandchildren accompanied them a few times. The trip to Disney World was the most special.
After Dad passed away Mom still enjoyed travelling to the casino with her friends Jerry and Joanne. Most recently she enjoyed a trip to Mexico with her good friend Karen. She was always jumping in the car to see her grandchildren play ball or hockey in whichever city they were in.
Mom was always grateful to have the company of her 2 grandsons at her home who lived with her while Luc received his education degree and Logan played for the Hawks. Her door was always open for any random team gatherings of Logan's or classmate get togethers of Luc's. Thanks for hosting Gramma!
Mom was a proud member of the Torch River Community Club as was her mother before her. Mom truly loved doing the tradeshows with Dad and Shannon. Something we were glad she was able to do right to the end.
How Lucky We Were to Have Someone That Makes Saying Goodbye So Hard!
Mom leaves to mourn her passing
Pat (John) Casavant, Luc (Sarah), Logan (Breanne), Madison (Scott)
Dawn (Mitch) and Owen Lungul
Shannon (Nicole) Appenmaier, Mike and Wyatt
Brittany, Jesse, Nahla, Kyra, Tucker and Carter
As well as many special friends, relatives and neighbors.