Laila Clarke (1938 - 2011)


Longtime Juneau resident Laila Clarke died at home May 7, 2011.

Clarke was born Dec. 6, 1938 in Trondheim, Norway. She moved to San Francisco in 1956 and attended community college, where she learned to read, write and speak English. Later she became a U.S. citizen.

Laila moved to Juneau in 1973 and worked many years for the state Department of Labor until retiring in the late 1990s. She loved traveling, gardening, long walks and spending quality time with numerous friends, relatives and her pets.

She lived life to the fullest every day of her life. She will be greatly missed by all her friends and family.

She is survived by her two sons, William Clarke and Michael Johnson, both of Juneau, and her extended family in Norway.

At her request, there will be private services for family and close friends.
Published in The Juneau Empire from May 13 to May 21, 2011