Grace Marie Clark was born on February 27, 1931 in Deptford, NJ. She departed this life peacefully on June 11, 2022 surrounded by her loving family. She was the daughter of the late Paul H. Kersey and Josephine Cropper Kersey. She was raised in Jericho alongside her siblings Pauline, Doris, Josephine, Paul and Thomas. In their household they learned the true joys of farming and country living.
Grace received her education through Jericho School, Carpenter Street School and life. She was an avid learner of life and all of its joys through experience. She loved books and reading the Newspaper and didn’t mind sharing all that she had acquired.
At the age of sixteen, Grace met James Allen Clark, the love of her life. They married on December 7, 1947. From this union they were blessed with seven beautiful children: Paulette, Lester, Stephen, Bruce, David, Frank, and Anita. Grace and Jimmy built their homestead with their own hands and raised their family in Jericho where their roots began.
Throughout Grace’s life, she worked as a domestic housekeeper alongside her Mother. She also worked at Delmonte and as a Crossing Guard. She was a lively woman with a bigger than life personality. She truly trusted God for everything in her life. She would always say “I know that my Savior lives.” Grace was a giver and sowed blessings into the lives of anyone in need. She used her hands to bless the community by keeping the streets clean. She was affectionately known by all as “Mom”. She loved her street Kids, feeding the birds and squirrels, thrift store shopping and pushing her baby coach throughout the town.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband James Allen Clark, Brother Thomas Kersey, Sister Josephine Tribbett, and her two beloved sons Stephen D. Clark and Lester J. Clark.
Grace leaves behind a tremendous legacy to honor and cherish her memory. Siblings: Pauline Walker (Woodbury), Doris Rogers (Deptford) and Paul Kersey (Deptford). Children: Paulette E. Allen (Woodbury), Bruce G. Clark (Sicklerville), David A. Clark (Vienna, VA), Frank K. Clark (Woodbury), Anita M. Clark (Woodbury) and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and special nurse/neighbor and friend Pat Paynter.