Paula Dawne Clarke

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Paula Dawne Clarke died in London, Ontario, at age 69, having lived for two-and-a-half years with ovarian cancer, yet embracing every opportunity for travel, good food, and gatherings with family and friends.

Paula was predeceased by her parents, Paul and Aileen Clarke, to whom she gave tender care in their elder years. She leaves her siblings Janis, Jon, Greg, and Julie; brothers-in-law Ray and David; nieces and nephews Raphael, Kim, Gail, Fiona and Thomas; and her great-nephew Gabriel.

Paula was born in Windsor, attended King Edward and Ada C. Richards public schools, Herman Collegiate and the University of Windsor, developing many lifelong friendships at every stage. At age 21 she began a fulfilling career as an elementary school teacher. For over three decades, in Windsor, Toronto and London, she nurtured children’s confidence, joy for learning, and love of reading. Later in her career she provided one-on-one tutoring and play therapy.

Paula’s nieces and nephews meant the world to her, and she was an integral part of their childhood and development–cheering them on at races, music performances and graduations. She offered her calm presence in many quiet hours of school work and life preparation, and supported them in all their milestones, large or small. Her dog Jesse gave her much comfort and companionship, and her charm and friendliness shone as she and Jesse walked the neighbourhood. She enjoyed all kinds of travel: camping in Ontario’s parks, European river cruises, or practicing her French in Paris. She joined meditation groups, sang alto beautifully, and danced whenever she could. But most of all she was deeply happy around a feast table with family, or a board game table with any who would agree to one more round.

Her family wishes to thank the dedicated health care providers and wonderful friends who sustained Paula to the end. We mourn the loss of a precious sister, aunt and friend, but cherish the laughter and memories she gave us.

Paula hosted her own delightful celebration of life four months ago; at her request there will be no funeral. In her memory, in your own way, support a child in need, here or around the world.

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Ron and I would like to offer our sincere sympathy on the loss of Paula to her family and her friends. Ron and I attended Herman Collegiate with Paula and enjoyed her friendship. I was very happy to touch base with her and our group of friends, Marlene, Bev and Kitty, in recent years. She will be missed and warmly remembered.

I am deeply saddened to learn of Paula's recent passing. I met Paula in the late 1990's when she was supply teaching at the school I then taught at. I found her sitting on the floor in the hallway with a student who was have a panic attack and difficulty breathing, and stayed close by as she calmly and gently breathed with the child, and spoke reassuringly to him until he was settled. We became friends that day, later taking a couple of courses together, going out for dinner and staying in touch over the years. Paula's inner light shone brightly and beautifully and to know her was to love her. I will sorely miss this wise, compassionate, quirky, beautiful one of a kind lady. To her family, I offer my deepest condolences. She was fiercely proud of you and adored each one of you.

My family and I were saddened to learn of Paula’s passing. We remember her as a lovely sweet girl, she will be missed.

Paula, I will always remember you. We were born on the same day and although our paths went in divergent directions in life, they still often crossed and we would connect like no time had passed. You, Bev and I and many of our old friends laughed and giggled our way through many adventures over the past 55+ years, and you will always be in my heart, ♥️ We will miss you! Your Birthday Soul Sister, Marlene

It’s has been a very long battle that Paula fought so courageously. She was a beautiful person inside and out. She was a very kind and compassionate person and would give the shirt off her back to help anyone in need. Her friendship of over 45 years to my sister says it all. Jesse (her amazing dog). and Paula were inseparable and she was certainly blessed with her family and friends by her side til the very end. Paula will be sadly missed and never forgotten. Rest in Peace our dear Paula. Miss and Love you.

I was saddened to read in the Windsor Star this morning about Paula's passing. Paula was my associate teacher at John Campbell Public School when I attended the Faculty of Education in Windsor many years ago. She was such a lovely person, a wonderful teacher and her students adored her. Her classroom was such a warm and inviting place and I so looked forward to spending time with her each day. I wanted to be just like Paula. I remember when an ambulance would race down Tecumseh Rd., sirens blaring, Paula would stop the class and everyone in the room would cross their fingers and hope that the person in the ambulance would be okay. She was such a wonderfully compassionate and caring person. As beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. I have been retired from teaching for 13 years now and still remember Paula so fondly. I wish I would have stayed in touch. She truly was responsible for the teacher I became, and I can only hope that I had as great an impact on my students as she did on hers. RIP Paula. You were a treasure. My sincerest condolences to her family.

So saddened by your loss. I knew Paul and Aileen and they spoke so proudly of their children.

Jan and Ray, our condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you. Paula sounds like she was an amazing person. Here memories and good deeds will live on in your heart. Love and (((HUGS))) Deb and Glenn

Paula was a precious friend to me for 46 years. She was instrumental in helping me get back to the workforce in the 1980's by babysitting my Son while I attended Educational classes in the evenings and she even loaned me her car. She let me borrow nice clothes for my job interviews. Paula was a marvellous teacher and absolutely adored her students. Paula had many bins of school supplies that were all organized to themes like farms, boating, puppets, books, Wizard of Oz, dinosaurs etc. I sure had fun going through them with her. Every item had a special place in her students learning process. Paula was an amazing friend and there are no words to describe the tremendous loss I feel right now. Paula's family was so instrumental in getting Paula the very best care each and every day. They took turns being with her so she would not be alone. My sincere condolences to the entire Clarke Family.

Sincere sympathy to the family on the passing of their loved one.

I send my sincere condolences during this time of sorrow. The Bible promises that your loved one will live again on a beautiful paradise earth when death will be no more. (John 5:28, 29; Revelation 21:4)

Thoughts and Prayers are with all of Paula's family at this time...Many childhood memories when all the Clarke grandchildren would visit their grandparents on Cameron Street in Blenheim... and it was great to reconnect with her on her visits to Erie Beach. May you all find comfort in your memories of her.