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Essie Mae Clark-Van Ness, 86, of Utica, departed this earthly life on Friday, April 4, 2014, in Faxton - St. Luke's Healthcare, with her loving family by her side. She leaves to cherish her memories, sons, Gregory (Joyce) Brown, of Utica, Anthony Clark, of VA, and Otis (Tanya) Brown, of Utica; daughters, Diane (Leonard) Himes, of Utica, and Vernadine (Joseph) Reid, of Utica; stepchildren, Luzette & Eddie Van Ness, of Syracuse; and a brother, Lucious Clark, of GA. She also leaves 20 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren, along with a host of nephews and nieces and two life-long friends, Jeanette Davis and Gertrude Doles. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Van Ness; her mother and father, Ben and Sarah Clark; brothers, Otis Stephens, Benjamin Clark and Andrian (Bud) Clark; and a sister, Sarah Ann Dexter. The family extends sincere thanks to the staff at St. Luke's Home for the loving care of our mother; also Hope, Michelle and James at St. Luke's Hospital for their dedication in taking such good care of our mother. Friends may call on Friday, April 11, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. until the 12:00 noon funeral service at House of God Church, 1304 Genesee Street, Utica. Arrangements by T. Revels-Gibson Funeral Services.
T. Revels Gibson Funeral Service Inc. - Utica
144 Eagle Street Utica, NY 13501
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Apr. 9, 2014