Alby Gail Clarke entered Heaven’s portals on July 9 at Medical City Hospital, Dallas, Texas, following a lengthy illness. Graveside services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Prairie Ridge Cemetery, with Cleve Fendley officiating. A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.
Gail was the only child of Harry Glenn Clarke and Althalee Gambill Clarke. She was born in Oklahoma City, Ok, on April 25, 1943. Her parents preceded her in death, along with her special uncle, Garner Gambill, and grandparents, Walter and Alby Gambill
Gail graduated from Paris High School. She attended Paris Junior College and received her BS in Education from East Texas State Teachers College. Her early teaching career took her to the Fresno, California, area where she taught the children of migrant workers. She later taught in Aransas Pass, Texas, before moving back to Paris to teach at North Lamar Schools. She taught every grade from kindergarten through eighth grade both at the North Lamar campus as well as at Parker Elementary in Powderly. She was a member of R.S.V.P., the B.P. & W., the Paris Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, and the Texas State Retired Teachers Association. Gail had been a member of Theta Phi chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, and A.T.P.E.
Gail loved her Lord and was a faithful member of Lamar Avenue Church of Christ. She loved to travel and go out to eat. She had a wonderful sense of humor, and she never met a stranger. She also loved her eight cats who were her “children”.
Left to cherish her memory are her special friends, Laura Carrington, Mary Jackson, Judy Nutt, Shirley Brigham, Carolyn Hiner, Caron Hundley, Kay Kennedy, and Carolyn Watson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lamar County Humane Association, 300 Clement Road, Paris, TX 75460.
Friends may leave condolences at www.fry-gibbs.com .