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JUDITH ANNE CLARKE

Born: Apr 21, 1943

Date of Passing: Aug 26, 2018

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JUDITH ANNE CLARKE 1943 - 2018 On August 26, 2018, Judy died suddenly of a cardiac arrest at her residence, at Last Mountain Pioneer Home, in Strasbourg, SK. Predeceased by parents, William George Clarke and Ruth (Armstrong) Clarke; and brother-in-law Victor Batzel. Survived by her sister Brenda Batzel, of Winnipeg and her brother Brian Clarke (Adele), of Surrey, BC; her nieces and nephews, John Batzel, of Calgary, Geoffrey Batzel, of The Hague, Netherlands, Nichola Batzel, of Winnipeg, Stephen Clarke, of Langley, BC, Shannon Lawrence, of Edmonton, AB, Catherine Runquist, of Raymond, AB and their families. Also survived by her dear friend, Olive Linfield; and her "honorary foster sons", Tyrell, Chase and Jeremy. Judy was born April 21, 1943, in Winnipeg, the second of three children. She grew up in a number of communities in Manitoba and Saskatchewan - wherever there was a Bank of Montreal. In adult life her nursing career took her from Winnipeg to Calgary to Galveston, TX to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (once at the start of the first Gulf War in the 1990s and once again later) and back to Calgary, where she remained until moving to Strasbourg in 2009, to live across the road from Olive and Olive's foster sons. Judy had a larger-than-life personality. She had strong opinions and was never shy to express them. Her Batzel nephews and niece have fond memories of her visits during their childhoods. She would swoop in like Auntie Mame (probably with a new hair colour), dispensing largesse, marching them to the local 7-11 and loading them up with forbidden treats. Judy experienced many health problems, physical and mental (bi-polar disorder), but she had an indomitable spirit and an essentially optimistic outlook. Whatever disappointments and blows life handed her, she always bobbed back up again. She had no envy about the good fortunes of others and a generosity expressed both in spirit and in practical help towards her friends and others. In her 20s Judy became a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints and the church was an important part of her life. It was through membership in the church that she met Olive, whose friendship meant so much and who looked after her affairs in the last couple of years of her life. Cremation has taken place with burial of the ashes in the family plot, in Elmwood Cemetery, in Winnipeg at a later date. Thanks are due to the staff of Last Mountain Pioneer Home for the care and kindness they showed to Judy.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 12, 2018

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