Lenora Evelyn Clark passed away on Nov. 18, at the Indian River Nursing and Rehabilitation.
Lenora was born on April 12, 1920, in West Pawlet, Vt., the daughter of Jay and Charlotte (Ballard) Stearns.
Lenora married Chester Clark. They spent the beginning of their 73-year marriage in a one-room schoolhouse converted into a home. Eventually they scraped together the funds to purchase a fore-closed farm that needed many repairs. They built this into a successful dairy farm.
They raised their family and lived the quintessential Vermont life. Lenora was an amazing seamstress and quilter. She not only created beautiful quilts and other projects but also taught others the craft. She was more than happy to donate quilts to various groups for raffle or fundraising purposes.
For many years she was a 4H leader. Her group was the Merry Maids. She also received an award from the Extension in recognition of her achievements.
Lenora was an excellent cook. This being a well known fact, it was not unusual that if you needed to pay a call to Lenora, you made sure it was during lunchtime. No coincidence. Her baked beans were in demand at community dinners. Her family shared fond memories of their favorite dishes. She and Chester made maple syrup for 50-plus years. Her maple cream was a family favorite as well.
Lenora was a former deacon for the Rupert, Vt. Congregational Church and also active in church life.
She was also the treasury and active in the Women’s Fellowship Group.
She was a past president of the West Pawlet PTA
Chester and Lenora tried to be snow birds. They traveled to Florida with friends for two winters and decided it was too boring and not for them. They were happy in Vermont.
Lenora will be remembered by many as “Gram” and for the smile she always had for everyone.
Lenora was predeceased by her parents, and all of her siblings. She was also predeceased by a son, Lawrence “Larry” Clark. Survivors are her beloved husband, Chester, her son Clifford and her daughter Sharon Orth and her husband Herbert. She was blessed with three grandchildren: Tara Beecher and her husband Peter, Will Clark and his wife Lorie and Caleb Clark, as well as four great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, at the Rupert Congregational Church with the Rev. Mary Beth Hutchinson officiating. Burial will follow in the Rupert Cemetery. The family will host a gathering following the burial in the basement of the church to share memories of Lenora.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Robert M King Funeral Home, 23 Church St., Granville, N.Y.
Memorial contributions may be made in Lenora’s memory to the West Pawlet Fire Department.