Etta JoAnn Clark
1940 - 2020
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Etta JoAnn Inge Clark, affectionately known as JoAnn, was the second child born to Cleveland and Euthema Inge on May 30, 1940. After battling a long illness, JoAnn exchanged her life here on earth to spend eternity in heaven on July 8, 2020. Her husband of over 60 years, Cornelius Clark Sr. was by her side. Born in Albertsvillle, Alabama, the Inge family moved to Beckley, West Virginia, where JoAnn was a graduate of Stratton High School in 1958. After graduation JoAnn attended the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in Brooklyn, NY where she pursued her passion of opera and made her debut at Carnegie Hall. On October 24, 1959, JoAnn married Cornelius Clark and moved to Gary, Indiana. Born to this union, were children, Victoria (George) Clark Thomas of Birmingham, AL, Cornelius (Arvetta) Clark of Gary, IN, Pastor Anthony (Jenise) Clark of Newport News, VA. and Charlton (Sheila) Leasure of Sacramento, CA. JoAnn worked at Nabisco for several years before entering in entrepreneurship as the licensed childcare provider of Clark's Day Care, where she impacted the lives of hundreds of children. She was an active member and servant leader at Mt. Moriah M.B. church for over 50 years. Her love for working with children and youth were her top priority. JoAnn was predeceased by her parents, and siblings, Ida Hurd of Sacramento, CA, Imogene Anaya of Lancaster, CA and Cleveland Inge Jr. of Las Vegas, NV. In addition to her husband and children, JoAnn is survived by a sister Mary Skipper of Greensboro, AL., her grandchildren, Ebone', Damon, Erin (Anetone), Anthony Jr, Cornelius III (Yvette), Asia, Eric (Michelle), Corissa, Sariah, 11 great grandchildren and a host of dear relatives and friends.

Homegoing Services will be held at Mt. Moriah M.B. Church, Rev. Dr. Marion J. Johnson Pastor, 735 E 20th Ave Gary, IN 46404 on Thursday, July 16, 2020. Visitation will be at 10:00am with the funeral starting promptly at 11:00am. Due to COVID-19 MASK ARE REQUIRED and social distancing will be enforced. As an expression of sympathy, contributions can be made to the JoAnn Clark Scholarship for Children via PayPal https://paypal.me/pools/c/8qJvCrjNMj



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Published in Post-Tribune on Jul. 12, 2020.
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August 7, 2020
Mrs. Clark one of the great roll models mother's of the world. I pray for all the Clark family who will miss a giant Queen in our community! Rip Mrs. Clark. You helped raised your children right!
Ted Slocum
Neighbor
July 21, 2020
So sorry to hear about your loss. Mrs. Clark was one of the nicest people I knew. Very kind and caring. I was truly blessed to have her as my son's childcare provider. She will truly be missed.
Jolon and Jeremiah
July 19, 2020
Miss Joann as I called her.The Clark family we my neighbors for years on lane street.I was one of her babysitters for a few years until I started a family of my own.I asked the Clark's to be my oldest child God parents.They affectionately said yes.omg Miss Joann would have the whole block of lane street smelling like her good ole doughnuts.Miss Joann will be truly missed.Mr Clark's I send you my love and condolences to you and your family.
Geraldine jones
Neighbor
July 17, 2020
To the Clark family, sorry we couldn't be there to express our condolence in person, but know that our love for the family is ever present in our hearts. she is now at peace and present with the Lord. Neal, you are like my own son, May God bless you all. God got this!!! Much love Kenneth&other Holmes family,Barbara,Leroy ShawJ
Juanita Holmes
Friend
July 17, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Roz Lyles
July 16, 2020
Mr& Mrs Clark were more than childcare givers for my girls. At a time when I was new to Gary and not sure who to trust with my children, she helped raise them. She fed them, nurtured and protected them like a grandmother. Our family mourns deeply with you during this time. God bless and keep you all! Sincere sympathy.
Sibyl Farr
Friend
July 16, 2020
Very sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Clark. She always had a way of making you feel special, from cheering you on at Brunswick Little League to baking cookies for us on our pit stop from the Career Center back to WS. Thank you for all of the great memories that you and The Clark Family provided for many of us growing up. Much love and prayers to my friend Anthony and family...
Edge
Friend
July 16, 2020
To: Deacon Clark & Family, Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time in your lives. JoAnn was one of the sweetest people I have met in my life and I consider myself truly blessed to have known her. She was truly a woman of God and a true example of how "ladies" should behave and carry themselves in a God-fearing manner. Though she will be missed from this earth, heaven has gained an angel. I pray that memories will sustain you in the difficult days ahead. God bless you and your entire family!
Ramona Goshay
Acquaintance
July 16, 2020
To Grandpa Neal and family,

My condolences in the loss of your/our Dear Joann. Thank you Ms. Joann for the tender love that you showed not only to they children that you served but the parents. I enjoyed your baking when I was there to pick up my kids and how they adored you - even in their adulthood. You are a Star and an Angel! You will be missed.
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July 15, 2020
Sister JoAnn Clark was one of the Kindest, Sweetest person Ive ever known; I have Truly Blessed to have known her for these past 25 years; May she Forever Rest in Peace...
Charles Williams
Friend
July 15, 2020
To Deacon Clark and family, my prayers are with you during this difficult time with the passing of your wife. She was a very quiet and seem like a very patient woman of God. My prayer is that you cherish all of the fond memories that you shared during your marriage years both good and sad times. My prayer is that you would rejoice knowing that she is in heaven with the Lord. Your Layman brother and Deacon Friend.
LEON S JACOBS
July 14, 2020
Ms JoAnn, as Ive always called you, you will be missed by so many people because you were one beautiful spirit!....When my family ( Ms Ann) moved on Lane Street , you would watch me when I started kindergarden....make those rolls!...You may not hace known then but I bet you know now that I was taking notes!....Mr. Clark, Vicki, Neil, Dwayane and family you al have my sincere condolences and im sending all of you virtual hugs during this pandemic...Neigbors forever!
Jennifer Renee Cole Harris
Neighbor
July 13, 2020
Deacon Clark

My deepest condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. Praying that GOD grant you peace and comfort. May all the sweet memories of her bring you solace as you think of her. Someone so special will never be forgotten.

It was truly a pleasure to get to know her. When I visited Mount Moriah I would always look for Mrs. Clark because she always had a warm smile and a hug for you. I loved when she sang. Her beauty was genuine inside and out. I know she was was well loved and respected and will be greatly missed but GOD has received another Angel.

You 're in my prayers
Dorothy Magee
July 13, 2020
Im here for you all if you need my help with anything
Toye Clay
Family
July 13, 2020
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July 13, 2020
Deacon Clark
My wife and I were most saddened when we heard your beautiful wife had passed. We will always remember and treasure with fond memories her extended to us in caring for our granddaughter, Vivienne. May God continue to bless you and your family as you walk through this most difficult journey.
Pastor John T Talley, II
Friend
July 13, 2020
So sorry to hear about Mrs Clark. She was over the youth choir when I attended Mt Moriah Church. She was such a sweet lady, that I respected and looked up to. Praying for the family. May God Bless you and put his arms around during this time. Valerie Ward Smith
Valerie Ward Smith
Friend
July 13, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Karen Harris & sons Romel /Jason/Donte'
Family
July 13, 2020
Aunt JoAnn, I would have never thought the last time we talked would be our last. It was always a pleasure to spend time with you. I will always remember that soft laugh and your beautiful words. You will truly be missed. There are no words that I can say to my family to make the hurt and pain go away. Aunt JoAnn will forever live in our hearts. Her earthly mission has been completed and she will now wear the WINGS of GLORY!! She has been taken to the KING!!!! Love you Marilyn
Marilyn Blakemore-Luckett
Family
July 13, 2020
a Clark was the true definition of a Queen!!! My childhood and adulthood held the greatest memories of her love and support to myself and The Mt. Moriah Inspirational Choir! Oh how Ma Clark loved us!!! My earliest memory of her was her holding me at my godmothers funeral and I cried saying now I dont have a godmother and Ma Clark said Ill be your godmother!!! She truly loved on me and I loved her as well. I will forever hold her dear to my heart and will always remember her sweet voice saying This My Jackie❤❤❤❤❤
Jacqueline McClee Walton
Friend
July 13, 2020
I remember Mrs. Clark as a lil girl teaching my Vacation Bible School every summer and she built an amazing relationship with all the Youth that came into Mt. Moriah. She spoke high values in many of our lives such as my brother and myself and weve become successful of the impact she made in our lives. Prayers for her family during this trying time.
Jeriean Lewis
Student
July 12, 2020
To Deacon Clark, Pastor Tony Clark and Family,
I Thank God for the Life of Sister Clark. She was a blessing to the entire Wilford Family and my ministry!! She was a Christian model for many to follow. She will be greatly missed. We love the Clark family and our prayers are with you all!!!
Rev. Richard E. Wilford
Friend
July 12, 2020
RIP Ms. Joann

Adraine/Chance Hindman
Friend
July 12, 2020
Sincerest condolences, love and prayers to the Clark family. Ms. JoAnn was everybodys mom on Lane Street and was so sweet and kind to all. She will be truly missed. We love you all!
Prince & Johnnie Williams (Phenix City, Alabama)
Neighbor
July 12, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Gwendolyn West
Neighbor
July 12, 2020
Joanne was my mother daughter of love. (Ilonia Baskin). She always looked after my mother and gave her so much love. She gave me her taco salad receipe years ago, now it is a favorite of my family!
Gloria Baskin Owens
Friend
July 12, 2020
Mrs. Clark was truly one of kind. She kept my grandson for many years and taught him many things. GOD HAVE GAIN AN ANGEL. My condolences
and prayers to Family and Friends. Rest In Peace Mrs. Clark

Brenda Winton
Friend
July 12, 2020
My deepest sympathy to you Ebony and your family.
Alana Ward
Friend
July 12, 2020
I am praying that God will comfort you all at this difficult time. Sis. Clark was a joy to be around. Always smiling and giving encouraging words. I will miss her dearly.
Frances Resto
Friend
July 12, 2020
We are saddened to hear of JoAnn's passing. She was such an upbeat person with a smile even when she wasn't feeling well. She was a strong lady of faith and it showed in her relationship with her husband. It was a joy to see them both in the office. Rest in eternal peace.
Michael and Joanne Kovacich
Friend
July 12, 2020
So very sorry for your loss. She will truly be missed. I remember the house being filled with homemade glazed donuts. I remember when we moved in on Lane Street and the friendship that developed. The block parties, bar-be-cues etc. Good times unfortunately that we will never see again. Your family is in my prayers. My number is 404-394-3316 I reside in Tucker, GA. Please let's stay in contact.
JoAnn Cole
Neighbor
July 11, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Aunt JoAnn you will be Greatly Missed.
Lori and Ernest Lane and Family
Family
July 11, 2020
Mr. Clark, Vicki, Neil, Tony and family, I pray that your hearts and minds be full of the consolation of peace, especially during this time. There is no greater bond than that of parent and child and can never be broken, not even death can seperate your love. The gift of an enduring love of a soulmate is eternal through the heart, Mr. Clark, continue to hold fast to your memories for Mrs. Clark is now at rest with our Savior who promise us eternal life in the place that HE has prepared for us. Mrs. Clark was a wonderful lady, always in good spirit. God bless you Clark family.
Min. Carl Gary
Friend
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