2015-03-20 / Obituaries

Helen Evans Clark

Helen Evans Clark, 88, a resident of Webber Hill Road, died Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Bradford On The Commons in Kennebunk after a lengthy illness surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Biddeford on April 28, 1926, a daughter of Ralph O. and Georgia (Smith) Evans.

She graduated from Kennebunk High School in 1944. She attended Simmons College in Boston and Deaconess New England School of Nursing, also in Boston.

In 1947 she married the love of her life, Dorrance Emmons Clark, Sr. and together they raised 10 devoted children.

Helen was employed by Southern Maine Medical Center, formerly known as Webber Hospital, in Biddeford for 45 years. After her retirement, she was a visiting nurse for several years. She also volunteered for the Red Cross. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for many years, a member of the D.A.R., and was a longtime member of Christ Church, where she served as an usher with her late husband, was involved in the Women’s Fellowship Group and also served on the cabinet for many years.

Helen was also a member of the Madonna Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star of Kennebunk, the Senior Center in Lower Village, and was very involved with senior citizen activities in the community, as well as serving on the Senior Citizens Advisory Committee in Augusta for several years.

Helen enjoyed helping others and loved taking care of and spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Dorrance E. Clark, who died in 1991, her parents, her two brothers, Donald Evans and Dorrance “Rugger” Evans, and her daughter, Carol Ann Collins, who died in 2011.

She is survived by three sons, Dorrance E. “Peter” Clark, Jr. and his wife Kathy, Thomas G. Clark and his wife Kelly, William J. Clark and his wife Tammy, all of Kennebunk; six daughters, Susan Lamontagne and her husband Dennis of West Kennebunk, Jane E. Goodwin, Barbara C. Maling and her fiancĂ© David Hicks of West Kennebunk, Rebekah C. Michaels and her husband Paul of Kennebunk, Sallyanna Hirst of Arundel, and Mary A. Philbrick of Lyman; a sonin law, Neil Collins of New York; 24 grandchildren, Heather, Laurel, Marc, Steven, Benjamin, Stephanie, Jeffrey, Patrick, Casey, Elizabeth, Kate, Clark, Erika, Anthony, Cory, Zachary, Derek, Kristen, Thomas, Allyson, Chelsea, Carl “C.J.”, Sarah, and John; 17 greatgrandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Helen’s family would like to thank her caregivers at Bradford On The Commons for their kindness and compassion during her stay with them.

Visiting hours were March 16, 2015 at Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk. A funeral service was scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at the Christ Church, 6 Dane St., Kennebunk with the Rev. Mark Arbisi officiating. Interment will be at Hope Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Helen’s memory can be made to: Christ Church, PO Box 87, Kennebunk, ME 04043.

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk.

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