CARY, N.C. - Joyce Mary Clarke, 81, died on Jan. 5, 2018.
She was born in New York City on May 4, 1936, to John and Bertha (Chaloupecky) Holecek.
It was during her grade school years in New York City that she met her best friend, Gloria Egan. This was a friendship very dear to Joyce and one that would last the rest of their lives.
On April 7, 1956, she married Barrett Clarke. They resided in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, for decades maintaining a second home in Cooperstown. Together they owned and operated Clarke Tree Company Inc.
Joyce eventually left her beloved New Jersey and relocated to Cooperstown spending many years enjoying life on their 100-acre tree nursery and spending more time with her children and grandchildren.
In 2010, she relocated for the final time to North Carolina, with her daughter to be nearer to her granddaughter and great-grandsons. She took immense joy in watching them grow and especially loved listening to Grady play the piano. Joyce is survived by her son, Barry Clarke (Jodie) of New Port Richey, Florida; granddaughter, Candice Brown (Jeremiah) of Holly Springs, North Carolina; and great-grandsons, Gradyn and Myles Brown.
She is predeceased by her husband, Barrett Clarke; daughter, Bonnie Clarke; and grandchildren, Tami and James Clarke.
A private memorial ceremony will be held at a later date.
Published on January 12, 2018