CLARKE, Mary Louise, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at her home in Canterbury Court, Atlanta. She was 93.
Mary Louise was born in Wheeling, West Virginia on June 17, 1919, the second of four children. Her father, Tom B. Foulk, was an attorney and her mother, Alice McClure Foulk, was a homemaker and a lifelong member of various church and lay choirs in and around Wheeling. Mary Louise attended Wheeling High School and graduated from the University of West Virginia. She taught English at her high school until joining the U.S. Navy. She was commissioned as an Ensign in June 1943 and met and married Lt. Charles P. Clarke, (“Pat”) in November of the same year. After the end of World War II, Mary Louise and Pat lived briefly in Annapolis, MD before moving to New York City. Moving became a way of life for Mary Louise. She lived in Pittsburgh twice, Cincinnati, Atlanta, the Boston area, Short Hills, Memphis, and St Simons Island until returning to Atlanta in 1984. Mary Louise was an active and sustaining member of the Junior League and always credited the League for welcoming her and getting her involved in each new community. Her most recent volunteer efforts in Atlanta included the Atlanta History Center and the Swan Coach House.
Mary Louise attended The Cathedral of St. Philip, where she was a member of the Cathedral Chapter of the Daughters of the King and served on the Altar Committee. She was also an avid reader and active in garden clubs, book clubs and Bible study groups. She became something of an Anglophile in the early 1970s after attending the races at Ascot and Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee. She enjoyed many good friends, card parties and social events.
Mary Louise is survived by her daughter, Catharine Clarke Burkett, and her son, Campbell Phillips Clarke, of Atlanta and Marietta, respectively. Her grandchildren, who affectionately called her Missy, include Christopher Matthew Long of Memphis, Warner Brent Long of Columbus, OH, Charles Randolph Long, of Atlanta and Patrick Campbell Clarke and Byron Phillips Clarke of Marietta. Missy is also survived by six great-grandchildren: Brian Huntsman Long and Erin Clarke Long of Columbus, OH; Lillian Pace Long and Charles Randolph Long Jr. of Atlanta and Maxwell Matthew Long and Isabel Leslie Long of Memphis. Mary Louise was known as Aunt Edie to her many nieces and nephews. Her sisters, Katherine and Elizabeth, and her brother, Tom, all pre-deceased her as did her son, Charles Patrick Clarke III.
A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, January 10 at 2 p.m. in the Mikell Chapel at the Cathedral of St. Philip. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Atlanta Speech School or the Cathedral of St. Philip.
We wish our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend eternal peace.