Violet Jessie (Rourke) CLARK

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Violet Jessie (Rourke) CLARK, 94, died peacefully at her home in Vancouver on September 25, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Born on January 14, 1921, in Quebec City, Violet was the daughter of the late Edward and Effie (Neil) Rourke. 

She was predeceased by her husband William James Clark, brothers Wilfred, Russell and Desmond (Buddy), and sisters Elsie Copeman, Rita Whyte, Alma Hicks and Doreen Ellis. She is survived by her daughters Carollyne Conlinn, Janet Clark and Susan Clark, sons-in-law Kurtis Conlinn and Rick Novosel; and her grandchildren Jesse Clark, Juhli Conlinn, Russell (Jessica) Conlinn, Illya Novosel (Bobby-Joe Laliberté) and Anna Thorson (Novosel). 

After her husband’s untimely death in 1960, Violet continued to operate the family business – Clark’s Motel – in Duberger, Quebec. In 1962, she moved to Oshawa, Ontario, to take the position of Assistant Dean of Women at Kingsway College. She returned to Quebec City for a few years before moving permanently to Ontario, living in Lindsay until the age of 84. In 2004 she moved to Vancouver to live with her daughter Janet, and begin cancer treatment from a host of exceptionally caring health professionals. 

She was known as a woman of deep and practical faith in her church community at Oakridge Baptist Church in Vancouver. Violet’s loving presence, listening ear, and wise counsel were the cornerstones of her living legacy to her large extended family, their dear Aunt Violet, and the many who came to know and love her.

Violet’s spiritual legacy is evident from handwritten notes in her well-worn Bible: “In His Presence there is peace, in His Presence there is joy. Let me linger, let me stay in His Presence every day ’till His glory shall be seen in me.”

Memorial Service October 10, 2015, 2-4 p.m. at the Celebration Hall, Mountain View Cemetery, 5455 Fraser Street, Vancouver, B.C. 

Interment will take place in Quebec City, spring 2016.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Union Gospel Mission Vancouver, B.C. at or call 1 604 215-5440, ext. 365.