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Clara Virginia Cloke Stevens
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Birth: Dec. 31, 1871
New Jersey, USA
Death: Jan. 19, 1909
Mercer County
New Jersey, USA

Date: January 24, 1909
Location: New Jersey
Paper: Trenton Sunday Times-Advertiser


A Woman of Noble Character and High Intellectual Attainments

The funeral services for the late Mrs. Joseph W. Stevens, daughter of William and H. Virginia Cloke who passed away on Tuesday last, took place yesterday afternoon at the home of her parents, 1 Woodside aveue, Hillcrest. Rev. Dr. John D. Fox, of the State Street M.E. Chrch, her pastor, preached the funeral sermon. A tribute was also paid to the character and services of the deceased by Dr. James M. Greeen of the State Schools. The pall bearers were the Messrs. Erwin E. Marshall, Frederick Carr, Howard Poland, George W. MacPherson, Artur Tams, and Joseph Aston. Rev. Joseph E. Willey, retired of Broad Street Park, and Rev. Jacob H. Straw, pastor of the Grace Evangellian Lutheran church assisted in the church services. Mrs. Lenox and T. Harry Mason members of the State street church choir sang, "Abide With Me, Fast Falls the Eventide," and "Now The Day is Over." The floral tributes were many and beautiful. The interment was in Greenwood Cemetery in Mr. Cloke's plot. Mrs. Stevens was born and has always lived in Trenton. She was one of six children, the only girl in the family. One brother, William, now deceased was an officer in the navy, and was on the "Trenton" in that fearful hurricane some years ago at Samoa. Another brother is Captain Harold E. Cloke, of the United States Army, now stationed at Fort Williams, in Maine came on to the funeral. Other brothers are John, now living in Milwaukee, Paul, who on the first of February assumes his duties as an instructor in the State College of Pennsylvania, and Philip, who is now a pupil in the Trenton High School. Miss Cloke was graduated with high honors from the State Normal School in February, 1895. Her record in school had been excellent, and her dramatic recitations were notably promising. Her capacity for original ideas in instructing the young was exceptionally strong. At the commencement exercises she read an essay on "Physical Education for Girls" which was considered a brilliant effort. Immediately after graduatingshe was appointed as a teacher at Asbury Park, remaining there for several years. While there she distinguished herself for her good work. She resigned her position to take up further personal studies at the Emoons Blaine Memorial School in Chicago, under Colonel Francis Parker, where she attracted attention for special work in dramatization of stories and in physical training on the young. In 1892 she was invited to join the faculty of The State Model School in Trenton and she taught in the primary department from 1902 to 1906. The parents of children at that time will remember a noted dramatazation she wrote and played with her pupils adapted from Kipling. "She was of a loveable character and greatly esteemed and admired by the faculty and the entire school. " remarked Dr. Green in speaking of the deceased yesterday. A little less than three years ago Miss Cloke married Joseph W. Stevens, a contractor and builder, now a member of the Board of Freeholders. Her married life was happy and ideal. She lived with her husband in a house adjoining her father's and the two families were almost one. She was a woman of great nobility of mind and a high order of intelligence. Her literary tastes and standards were high. Her favorite authors were Shakespeare , Ruskin, Longfellow and that class of noble minds. The humor and pathos of Dickens appealed to her and she gave a reading on the subject some time ago before the Contemporary Club of which she was a member. She took leading parts in some amateur performances in the Contemporary and elsewhere, in which she displayed fine histrionic ability. Her dominant trait of character was nobility and breadth. There was not a trace of anything mean or petty in her nature. She was a member of the State Street M.E. Church since her childhood until the time of her death, and led a consistant Christain life. Mrs. Stevenson (sic) wasa member and Corresponding Secretary of Mercer Chapter of Daughter of the American Revolution, by the members of which she was held in great affection. Indeed, all who knew her, loved her, and her relatives and friends are heartbroken over her death.

obituary dated 01/24/1909 pg5
Sunday Times Advertiser:

Trenton, NJ- Mrs. J.W.Stevens,- Mrs. Clara V. Stevens, wife of Freeholder Joseph W. Stevens, of 45 Beechwood Avenue, Hill Crest, died at her home last night. Mrs. Stevens was the daughter of State Editor and Mrs. William Cloke. The funeral will be held from her parents residence, 1 Woodside Avenue, Hillcrest ,Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock, with the interment under the direction of Poulson & Coleman, in Greenwood Cemetery.

death certificate lists her as:
Clara V. Stevens
Age: 33
Color: W
Occupation: Housewife
Place of Residence: Trenton, NJ
Place of Death: 45 Beechwood Avenue, Trenton, NJ
Father: William Cloke Country of Birth: USA
Mother: H. Virginia Cloke Country of Birth: USA * (H. Virginia Chatten)
Cause: died from perontinitis delivering a dead fetus.
Date of Death : 19th of January 1909
Place of Burial: Greenwood Cemetery Trenton
Family links: 
  William Cloke (1840 - 1909)
  H. Virginia Cloke (____ - 1921)
  Joseph Willey Stevens (1876 - 1909)
  William S. Cloke (1866 - 1898)*
  Clara Virginia Cloke Stevens (1871 - 1909)
*Calculated relationship
Greenwood Cemetery
Mercer County
New Jersey, USA
Created by: Jerseyties
Record added: Oct 11, 2008
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Clara Virginia <i>Cloke</i> Stevens
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