Carol Louise Clarke

Ocean View, Pennsylvania


Ocean View, Pennsylvania


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Carol Louise Clarke (Heard) passed away Saturday, June 13, 2020, at her home in Dagsboro, Delaware in the company of loved ones and friends.

Carol is survived by her husband, Thomas R. Clarke of Dagsboro, formerly of Philadelphia and Richboro, Pa., her three sons, Joseph H. Heard II of Manteo, N.C., Brian L. Heard of Silver Spring, Md., and Jonathan D. Heard of Simpsonville, S.C., and her brother, Franklin Shupp of Urbana, Illinois. Carol was the beloved step-mother of Kevin Clarke (Dover, N.H.) and Stephen Clarke (Penndel, Pa.), the mother-in-law of Rose Clarke (Penndel, Pa.), Christine Heard (Manteo, N.C.), Maria Heard (Silver Spring, Md.) and Aimee Heard (Simpsonville, S.C.), and the late Kathleen Clarke (Dover, N.H.). She also was the grandmother of Mary Claire, Sarah and Patrick Clarke, and Braden, Pearson, Henry, Haley, Charlotte and Gemma Heard.

Carol was born in Palmerton, Pa. on June 6, 1933 to Charles E. and Mona Shupp, the fourth of four children (Ruth, Floyd, Franklin), and grew up in Plymouth, Pa. She graduated from Plymouth High School and Bloomsburg University (Pa.).

Upon college graduation, Carol became a teacher in New Jersey, California and Pennsylvania. The majority of her teaching career was as a 1st-grade instructor at Churchville Elementary School in Churchville, Pa.

She married Joseph H. Heard I in 1958 and had three sons - Joseph H. II, Brian and Jonathan. Her first husband, Joseph, passed away in 1972. She married Thomas Clarke in 1991.

There's a saying, well-worn, oft-used: "You give what you get." Carol gave and she got. She was loved by anyone and everyone who met her, because she gave love unfettered and unconditionally. She never had a conversation when she wanted to talk about herself more than she wanted to hear about you. She was a blessing and a great gift. Her smile, her laugh, her sunny attitude made family and friends and strangers alike smile and laugh and feel better too. She was a star. And though the world's a little less bright right now because she's gone, she made it shine more brightly for us all. That's her legacy and a really good one. She will be missed, but celebrated.

A memorial gathering will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 18, at Melson Funeral Home, 38040 Muddy Neck Rd., Ocean View, DE 19970 to reflect on Carol's life. The memorial service will begin at 10:30 a.m. It will be followed by a celebratory gathering (with light food and beverages) in Carol's memory at 12 p.m. at Cripple Creek Country Club, 29494 Cripple Creek Dr., Dagsboro, DE 19939.

In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted in Carol's name by one of her favorite charities:

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My deep condolences to the Heard and Clarke families. I was a student of Mrs. Heard in 1976-7 and a kid in the neighborhood growing up with her sons. I have fond memories of her kindness to me and others.

To the Heard and Clarke families,
My deepest condolences on the loss of your shining star. I was so lucky to have had her in first grade in 1978 and go back to visit her as I got older. I will never forget her and my fond memories from her classroom in B hall. She was a super star to so many students, each in their own way. May you find peace and joy in knowing how many people's lives she touched, and how she will never be forgotten. Many thanks for sharing an amazing woman with...

My sincerest condolences to the Heard and Clarke families.Carol was a dear colleague and a wonderful teacher- I loved her and so did my son, Justin DiLuigi who had Carol as his first grade teacher at Churchville Elementary. My best memory of Carol: her kindness, sweet disposition, and caring nature. I remember when she retired and moved to Delaware....we all missed her deeply! She was a shining light- a true gem!