On July 2, 1922, Mae (McGirr) Clarke was born in Thermopolis, Wyoming as the youngest of 6 children to Rupert and Lizzie Mc Girr.
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Located 30 miles outside of town, she grew up and worked on the family ranch until the age of 16 when she moved with her family to Montebello, California. There she completed her High School education and graduated.
When World War II began, Mae moved to San Diego and began working for Consolidated Aircraft in support of the U.S. involvement of the war.
When World War II ended, Mae remained in San Diego for awhile and went to work for the Hotel Del Coronado. She then traveled the West Coast beginning in Bellinham, Washington. She stopped and spent time in Oakland while on her way back to Southern California. Ultimately she settled in Tustin where she met her husband to be – Richard Clarke – after traversing through Long Beach.
Then in 1973, after marrying Richard Clarke, she re-located with him to Anchorage, Alaska. Richard had been contracted to work the Alaskan pipeline for British Petroleum as their Cost Engineer, so they settled there for 8 years and proceeded to experience a very different life style of extreme cold and snow most of the time. It was a harder than usual life, but by supporting each other, they created a positive lifestyle allowing them to remain until Richard's job was complete.
They left Alaska in 1980 and came to settle in Paradise where they enjoyed their years of retirement by socializing with many, many friends and keeping their extra time filled by being affiliated with numerous organizations locally.
Mae is loved and fondly remembered by many friends and family, her brother Bennie Mc Girr in San Diego, CA, daughters Patricia Padelford and Victoria Theeuwes, her Grandchildren Paula Menendez, Devon Huff and Justin Huff,.
Mae will be laid to rest with her husband in Igo, CA on April 3, 2013.
Published in Paradise Post from Mar. 30 to Apr. 29, 2013