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Mrs. Daisy Clarke

June 11, 1930 ~ January 17, 2024 (age 93) 93 Years Old

Mrs. Daisy Clarke Obituary

"Miss Daisy", as she was affectionately called, was born June 11, 1930 in Niles St: Ann Jamaica to Violet Jarrett and Claude Bernard. She attended elementary school in Niles , St Ann after which her mother relocated to Green Park Trelawny and gave Ms. Daisy two sisters; Hazel and Ivy four brothers; Bibi, Boisey, Clemenson and Danny. She also had a half brother, Bentley Bernard. Ms. Daisy lived in Hammersmith , Trelawny and attended Granville All Age school until age 16 then moved to Falmouth to enter the work force.

In this new town, she worked as a day laborer and learned to cook. At approximately 18 years old , she migrated to Kingston and attended baking school. She had her first child with Mr. Bright at age 24. She later moved back to Hammersmith Trelawny, where she met her husband of 33 years, Guy Harris Clarke Sr, the love of her life and father to their seven children.

Ms. Daisy and Guy moved from Hammersmith to Bounty Hall Trelawny to be closer to family. She joined her mother-in-law, Caroline Headley, who everyone called "Mama". That lead to everyone then adapting the affectionate term "Ms. Daisy" to distinguish between the two matriarchs. Ms. Daisy had eight children: Vincent Bright , Dorett Clarke-Clay, Morris Clarke, Michael Clarke, Milton "Phantom" Clarke(deceased) Mark Clarke predeceased, Marcia Clarke, and Guy Clarke Jr,.

Having had a full family, they decided to get married on April 8, 1972 Guy was 42 and Daisy was 40 years old .

While Guy worked on the cruise ship, Ms. Daisy started traveling and selling. She traveled from Salem to Beverly in St. Ann to sell her goods. After saving enough funds she opened a shop which became a haberdashery in Bounty Hall. From the fruits of her success, she was able to employ people in her community while she traveled and tend to her business. Being the zestful entrepreneur, she started traveling internationally to Haiti Panama and Miami to purchase goods for her resale business.

She first migrated to Connecticut in 1985 at the age of 55 then moved to Chicago in 1987 where she worked in childcare initially .

In 1988 Ms. Daisy was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and made a full recovery, after which, she took a sabbatical to Jamaica, then returned in 1990 and resumed working and saved enough money and got her own apartment in Prospect Heights. Nine years later at age 67, she decided to get her driver's license by attending driving school and bought herself an SUV truck.

At age 70 she opened the first black owned restaurant on Church Street in downtown Evanston. Jamaica Gates Restaurant operated for 4 years at that location then relocated to South Chicago and is currently being operated by her grand-daughter, Lakeita, and her family with a similar name "Jamaican Gates Restaurant" thus keeping her legacy alive.

In 2003, she had duodenal cancer requiring major surgery and a lengthy recovery, but yet again she overcame with the support of her family and friends.

After her 80th birthday in 2010, She began working at Walmart as a greeter and worked until 2016 when she had a health scare. In 2017, her memory started to fade so she moved in with her daughter, Dorett, because it became difficult for her to live alone. She then gave us another 7 years of beautiful memories before her health deteriorated to the point where she needed nursing home care and dialysis. On January 8, 2024, she suffered a stroke, and nine days later on January 17, 2024, she departed this world and went peacefully to be with the Lord.

Ms. Daisy is preceded in death by her parents (1984 &1985), her husband (2005) , her brother Bibi , Clemenson and Boysie and her son Milton. She is survived by her 6 living children, 26 grandchildren , 41 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren , other relatives , church family and a host of friends who will always cherish her memories. Please keep the family in your prayers.

 

Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. Mr. Philip L. Gillette ~ Funeral Director

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Services

Visitation
Friday
February 9, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Thompson Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc.
1917 Asbury Ave
Evanston, IL 60201

Wake
Saturday
February 10, 2024

10:00 AM
Church of God New Testament
1001 10th Street
North Chicago, IL 60064

Funeral Service
Saturday
February 10, 2024

11:00 AM
Church of God New Testament
1001 10th Street
North Chicago, IL 60064

Interment following funeral service
Saturday
February 10, 2024

NorthShore Garden of Memories
1801 Green Bay Rd.
North Chicago, IL 60064

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