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Ethel Louise Taliaferro Clarke
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Birth: unknown
Mount Solon
Augusta County
Virginia, USA
Death: May 1, 2010
Salem City
Virginia, USA

Ethel Taliaferro Clarke, 98, of Salem, Va., passed away on Saturday, May 1, 2010. She was the first of five children born to the late John Wallace and Anna Jenkins Taliaferro in Mount Solon, August County, Va. She met her future husband, Randolph, on a blind date in 1940, and they were married later that year. Ethel, Randolph, and their two sons arrived in Salem in 1953 where she was to live the rest of her life on Missouri Avenue. As the boys grew older, her artistic interests matured. As a young girl, she had drawn "pretty ladies" using women's magazines for her inspiration; as a mother, she had drawn cartoon characters for her sons; and finally for herself, she turned to china painting. This artistic gift further developed after the premature passing of her husband, Randolph, in 1968. Her china delighted many collectors and friends for more than three decades. This hand painted china still turns up in antique shops and even on eBay. She was an active member in the Della Bradley Class of the First United Methodist Church of Salem. Her surviving family includes her sons, Randolph T. Clark III and John Clarke and wife, Tresa; grandchildren, John B. Clarke, Jolee Preston and husband, Johnny, Kevin Clarke and wife, Natasha, and Mary Clarke; greatgrandchildren, Mackenzie England and Sophia Clarke; niece, Bonnie Taliaferro Reeves; and nephews, John Taliaferro and Tony Colosimo. A period of visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem. A Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, in the funeral home's chapel. Burial will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park. The Rev. Bobby Pickle will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church at 125 West Main Street in Salem, Va. 24153. The Clarke family is being served by John M. Oakey & Son Funeral and Cremation Service in Salem, Va., 540-389-5441.

Published in Roanoke Times on May 4, 2010 
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  Randolph Thornton Clarke (1913 - 1968)*
*Calculated relationship
Sherwood Burial Park
Salem City
Virginia, USA
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Originally Created by: Randy Shepherd
Record added: May 03, 2010
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Ethel Louise <i>Taliaferro</i> Clarke
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Ethel Louise <i>Taliaferro</i> Clarke
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