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Leona Clark

Clark, Leona I.

Leona I. Clark, 81. On Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 Leona Clark of Danbury, CT passed away peacefully with her family and pastor at her side. Leona was born to George and Edna Clark on August 14, 1932 in Baltimore Md. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in teaching from the State Teachers College at Towson, MD and followed that with her Masters in Teaching from Central State University in Edmond, OK. She had a love of teaching, working in school districts in Baltimore, MD, Oklahoma City, OK and Ashland, MO. After she retired she continued working with students as a volunteer for many years at Immanuel Lutheran School in Danbury, CT. Leona, a lifelong volunteer, was active in organizations wherever she lived.While living in Maryland and Oklahoma Leona and her former husband, William Raftery, were actively involved in politics, school parent organizations and church leadership. While living in Missouri they continued their involvement in scouting programs and historical organizations.The love of history continued when living in Ridgefield CT with the Keeler Tavern and the 5th Connecticut reenactment group.When Leona moved to Danbury she became very involved with her church as a member of the United Methodist Women's organization. Leona would tell you that the volunteer work she loved best was with the Connecticut chapter of the Kairos Prison Ministry International organization. For years, she and her best friend Betty Lepus spent many weekends together addressing the spiritual needs of women in the state and federal prisons in Connecticut.She is survived by her daughter Maureen Raftery and her husband Robert Prest, son Tim Raftery and grandson Liam Raftery. She is also survived by her sister in law Catherine Clark; nephews George and Donald Clark and their families all of the Baltimore, MD area. She also leaves behind her good friends Blair Brown, Betty Lepus, Diane Meldon and Linda Parks. Leona was pre-deceased by her older brother George H. Clark.A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 14th at 10:30 am at the Bethel United Methodist church. Pastor Karen Cook will be officiating. A reception will be held after the ceremony at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Bethel United Methodist Church, Organ fund, 141 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the Praxair Cancer Center of Danbury Hospital, Dr. Marc Rappaport and Dr. Abhijith Hegde for their compassion, and the Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut for their support and kindness.

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Published in News Times on June 10, 2014
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