Lucille I. Clarke


Lucille I. Clarke, 92, passed away on Nov. 15, 2019, in Ellsworth. She was born Feb. 18, 1927, in Gouldsboro, the daughter of Lyle M. and Doris M. (Tracy) Clark.

Lucille was hard working and family-oriented from an early age. As she moved to Portland to work on assembly lines during the war times, she would later return to the Sullivan/Hancock areas, where she met her future husband, Hayward J. Clarke, who predeceased her. They ran the family farm in Hancock together while having many other jobs as well while raising their sons Loren and Bruce.

Lucille was instrumental in the start-up of the Hancock Volunteer Fire Association Inc. A 1958 United Press telephoto showed her driving the new six-ton fire truck, which was actually stationed at the Clarke Home on the Eastside Road in Hancock. Lucille would go on to become the first woman elected selectman in Hancock. She also worked for many years in the town office of Hancock as the tax collector and town clerk. She also assisted in getting the Hancock Volunteer Police Department established and continually volunteered as a member of the Hancock Volunteer Police Department. Lucille worked for Wyman’s Blueberry factory for many years. She served as sextant of Riverside Cemetery for 20 years. Lucille volunteered for Robert and Mary’s Place for many years, Friends in Action and Loaves and Fishes, all of Ellsworth. She was a member of the United Baptist Church of Ellsworth and the Hancock Women’s Club. Lucille won the George Hale-Silver Frame Award for her work within the community, and, as she got older, she continued giving back to others. She was also very instrumental in the family camp named after her, “Lucy’s Camp.” It will be treasured and used within the family forever.

Lucille is survived by two sons, Loren Clarke and his wife, Donna, and Bruce Clarke and his wife, Trudy. Two grandchildren, Jason Clarke and his girlfriend Jordan Servetas and Jeff Clarke and his wife, Dennett. Lucille was so proud of her (five) amazingly special great-grandchildren, Colby, Javen, Ellie, Bailey and Whitney; sisters, Laverne, Jeri and brother, Caper (Buddy). She was predeceased by sisters, Frances, Frieda, Roberta and Kaye and her great friend, Tina Worden.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to Courtland Rehab & Living Center for the professional care and compassion that they extended to Lucille.

Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Nov. 21, 2019, at Riverside Cemetery in Hancock.

Contributions in Lucille’s memory can be sent to the Hancock Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 101, Hancock, ME 04640.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth.

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