Mildred B. Clarke, 93, domestic worker

September 04, 2004

Mildred B. Clarke, a retired domestic worker and active church member, died in her sleep Tuesday at Franklin Square Hospital Center. The longtime Rosedale resident was 93.

The former Mildred Brown was born in Baltimore and raised in South Baltimore. She attended city public schools until leaving to help support her family.

Mrs. Clarke was a domestic worker for nearly four decades before retiring in the 1980s.

She was married for more than 50 years to Moses Clarke Sr., a carpenter, who died in 1972.

Mrs. Clarke was a longtime member of Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church, where she was a member of the missionary committee and the Precious Gems, a senior citizens group. She also worked in the church's outreach mission that cares for the needy and homeless.

Mrs. Clarke enjoyed traveling and had visited the Holy Land, Zaire, Europe and the Caribbean, family members said. She also liked collecting photographs of family members, which she had framed. Services for Mrs. Clarke will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Ebenezer AME Church, 20 W. Montgomery St., Baltimore.

Survivors include four sons, Moses "Buddy" Clarke Jr. and Andre Clarke, both of Belgium, Jimmy Jackson of Stratford, Va., and Reggie Ricketts of Owings Mills; four daughters, Janice Jackson of Stratford, Va., Carolyn Huq and Valerie Ricketts, both of Owings Mills; and Pamela Perkins of Rosedale; a sister, Elsie Brown of Baltimore; 10 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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