Elizabeth Sinclair Goodspeed Clark

BAR HARBOR — Elizabeth Sinclair Goodspeed Clark died Dec. 5, 2009, in Bar Harbor, where she had resided since 2003. She was born Sept. 15, 1915, in Portland, the daughter of Sinclair and Sara (Jones) Thompson.

She attended Portland schools and graduated from Deering High School in 1932; Colby College in 1936; and Katherine Gibbs School of Boston, in 1937. She was a secretary for some years at Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and also for the superintendent of schools in Winchester, Mass. In 1942 she returned to Portland and married Douglas Kenneth Goodspeed, an architect. They were married for 29 years until his death in 1971. They spent many happy summers at their camp at Highland Lake, which Doug built.


In 1973 Betty married William Murray Clark, a former Colby classmate, journalist, author and logger. They lived in their remodeled schoolhouse in Caratunk, where Betty was a Girl Scout troop leader and a school board member of SAD 13. Bill and Betty moved to Waterville in 1987, where Bill died in 1988.

Wherever she lived, Betty was an active member of her church and community organizations.

She was an avid traveler and enjoyed many Elderhostels as well.

In 2003 Betty moved to Birch Bay Retirement Community in Bar Harbor, where she continued playing bridge, doing crosswords, reading and keeping in touch with her family and friends, all of whom she cherished. She was a member of Somesville Union Meeting House and a member of the Missions Committee.

Betty is survived by her daughters, Katherine Goodspeed of Denver and Suzanne Picurro and her husband Mark of Seal Cove, Maine; sister-in-law, Louise Goodspeed of Honolulu; stepsons George Clark and his wife Patti of Manhatten, Kan., and Joel Clark and his wife Marnie of Bloomfield, Conn.; grandchildren, Sara Wilmot of Portland, Benjamin Wilmot and his wife Amy of Hallowell, Kathryn Laytar and her husband Marc of Baltimore and Scott Gallant of Portland; stepgrandchildren Douglas Clark and his wife Bonnie of Lenexa, Kan., Mary Ann Clark of Manhatten, Kan., Jennifer Van Pelt and her husband David of Greenwich, N.Y., Polly Fischman and her husband Josh of Charlottesville, Va., and Andrew Clark of Bloomfield, Conn.; and 10 great-grandchildren.

The family expresses deep gratitude to the staff of Sonogee Estates and Mount Desert Island Hospital for their support and loving care in the last year of Betty’s life. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Somesville Union Meeting House. Memorial gifts may be made to the Salvation Army, 225 Main St., Waterville ME 04901; Colby College, 4370 Mayflower Hill, Waterville ME 04901; or Somesville Union Meeting House, P.O. Box 96, Mount Desert ME 04660. Arrangements are by Jordan-Fernald, 48 Eden St., Bar Harbor. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com

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