Zella Clark
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Zella Clark 1920 - 2014 Died peacefully at age 93 years on July 9, 2014 after a brief illness. Predeceased by siblings Lawrence, Mervin and Wanda Stade and her beloved husband Sidney. Survived by her six children Ian (Marjorie), Peter (Dianne), Keith (Sussan), Valerie, John and Stephen (Jo), ten grandchildren Charlie (Sarah), Joanna, Katja (Bryce), Jenna, Nicky, Kit, Carson, Connor, Ty and Wigs, and five great grandchildren.

Zella Irene (Stade) Clark was born of pioneer ancestry in British Columbia's Fraser Valley. She grew up in Chilliwack, taught school in Powell River, served in the Royal Canadian Air Force in wartime Britain where she met and married Sid. Returning to Canada she raised six children in Vancouver and the cottage at Cultus Lake. An avid badminton and tennis player at the VLTCB, Zella was active in the Shaughnessy United Church and VanDusen Gardens, and she loved to travel. Following their move to Denman Island in 1980 Zella became a generous contributor to the Denman community and her gardens were a sight to behold.

Zella will be fondly remembered by her family and all the friends she made wherever she lived and visited. Special thanks to Denman friends who have provided care in recent years, especially Joan Vinnedge, Doreen Tetz, and Jennifer Lee.

A service will be held in the Denman Island United Church on July 21 at 11 am followed by a reception in the Seniors Hall at 12:30 pm.



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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Jul. 12, 2014.
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July 28, 2014
My condolences to the Clark family. Though I did not know Zella personally, I know that it would have taken an amazing woman to raise a son who would become an excellent educator and advisor.
Joshua McCann
July 26, 2014
Deepest condolences to all of Zella's family. What a remarkable woman; she sang in so many ways, I felt privileged to share a note with her. Lots of love, and Good Night Irene.
Hilary West
July 22, 2014
I knew only of Zella's warmth and drive through her son Ian. Like her son, Zella took on 'educator' as one of the many roles that made her an inspiration to those whose lives she touched. May her spirit continue to live on through all of her family, and through the many others whose lives she shared.
Dave Marshall
July 21, 2014
Zella was a gracious lady. I didn't know her all that well but her will to be out in the community against what I would have found significant odds was impressive these past few years. I thoroughly enjoyed her memoir. It was a delightful read. Goodbye, Zella.
Bill Engleson
July 16, 2014
Zella was a precious person. I fondly remember how warm and welcoming her and Sid were when we visited them. It was a joy to be given tours of her magnificent gardens throughout the years. Zella inspired me to develop a passion for plants and gardening. She will be missed by so many. I think of her fondly when I see
Valerian in bloom in the summer.
Lauren, Dean, Maya Gaudry
July 15, 2014
What an incredible woman! Our deepest sympathy to all the Clark family.
susan & kam rungta
July 15, 2014
I remember so clearly meeting Zella a number of years ago on the island. Her energy, intelligence, commitment to preserving the natural beauty of Denman island remain firmly in my memory. Our sincere condolences to the Clark family. Howard Wetston and Debbie Fischer
July 13, 2014
Zella was one of my favorite badminton partners on Denman Island. I last talked to her in March when she attended a mutual friend's birthday party. She and another friend, Phyllis DeWolfe, swam the length of Cultus Lake at age 16. She was a great friend and I'm sorry to see her go. Condolences to her family.
Billie Jo Imlach
July 13, 2014
Powell River, B.C., 1943, pictured are Mavis, Zella, and Myrna.
My deepest sympathy to all of Zella's children, their spouses and children. I was very fond of Zella and looked up to her admiring her strength, determination and enthusiasm. I feel Zella lead an interesting life and was a devoted mother. To me she was a special cousin and I will truly miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Mavis MacMillan.
Mavis MacMillan
July 13, 2014
Jo and Steve and the whole Clark family, my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your mother
Carole Schmitz
July 13, 2014
We are so sad to hear of Zellas passing.We spent many fabulous years as guests of the Clark Family on Denman Island.Those memories will be with us all forever and Zella will be always in our hearts.Les and Lisa Timar and Family.
lisa timar
July 12, 2014
I will miss Zella's presence in this world. Zella was a friend of my mom, Doreen Johnson, and I was amazed that she could still remember my mom late in her life, many years after my mom had passed away. My favourite memory is of a special day when Zella took me to a community firing at Gordon's giant underground kiln - and fondly recollect Zella racing around the fire, camera in hand to take photos My thoughts go out to all of you. ~Dawn Binnington
Dawn Binnington
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