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MABEL M. CLARK

August 15, 1921 November 27, 2014
MABEL M. CLARK
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Mabel Mae Clark, born August 15, 1921 to the late Jim Wilkins and Annie Wilford-Wilkins in Dorchester County, Maryland, peacefully departed this life on Thursday, November 27, 2014 at the Solomons Nursing Center in Dowell, MD.

Mabel began her journey growing up with her siblings Lydia, James, Sam and Herbert in Cambridge, MD, attending Pine Street Elementary and St. Clair High Schools. At age 14, young Mabel worked skinning tomatoes at the Phillip Canning Factory, also in Cambridge. at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia, PA., riveting the seams of airplanes; she then returned home to work at the local Clam House for a while and later went to New Jersey where she learned to shuck oysters - this experience then prepared her for working at the Denton's Oyster House in Broomes Island, MD until her retirement due to the illness of her husband James Clark. Mabel would pick crabs, and shuck oysters and clams in the local seafood industries from Solomons to St. Mary's county. She worked with a lot of people and could tell many, many funny stories about their adventures together.

Mable gave birth to her first child Joe Louis Wilkins, at the age of 15. At the age of 18, she married Alfred Humphreys Collins. She later remarried and spent 47 years with her husband James Clark in their home in Dowell, MD. They were blessed with a son, Dana Lamont Clark. Throughout her latter years, Mabel has enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, and Goddaughter, Regina Butler.

Mabel grew up in the church in Cambridge, serving on the Usher Board and Choir at Bethel AME with her family. As an adult, she joined St. John United Methodist Church in Lusby, MD under the leadership of Rev. Sherman Mason. She served on the Inter-Senior Choir and was a member of the United Methodist Women. Though limited by physical constraints in her latter years, Mabel worship with her church family every Sunday the Lord gave her strength, often times in great pain, because the church was such a meaningful and important part of her life. Mabel was inducted into the Psalm 90:10 Club at St. John UMC in 2007, and during an interview, she was asked to name three things that she enjoyed doing she happily exclaimed, "No. 1 singing, and listening to good singing especially the 24 hour Christian channel. Then Mable said, "I just enjoy everything!" Mable's gift of singing has always been recognized by those who knew her well. It has been said that she could have had a career singing in almost any night club she wanted, because of her talent. She also enjoyed reading, cooking and watching: "The Price is Right."

Mabel leaves to cherish fond memories two sons, Joe L. Wilkins (Peggy), and Dana L. Clark (Stephanie); six grandchildren, Michael, Ellanna, Danica, Danielle, Lucas, and Garrett; two sisters-in-law, Ernestine Beverly, and Marva Weems; ten great grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and special friends, Charles Weems, Brenda Commodore, Constance Johnson, and Frances Hutchins.

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Visitation

Thursday

4

Dec

11:00 AM 12/4/2014 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 12/4/2014 12:00:00 PM
St. John UM Church

1475 Sollers Wharf Road
Lusby, MD 20657

St. John UM Church
1475 Sollers Wharf Road Lusby 20657 MD
United States

Service

Thursday

4

Dec

12:00 PM 12/4/2014 12:00:00 PM
St. John UM Church

1475 Sollers Wharf Road
Lusby, MD 20657

St. John UM Church
1475 Sollers Wharf Road Lusby 20657 MD
United States

Cemetery Details

Tuesday

9

Dec

10:00 AM 12/9/2014 10:00:00 AM
Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery

11301 Crain Highway
Cheltenham, MD 20623

Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery
11301 Crain Highway Cheltenham 20623 MD
United States
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