Life Story for Jennifer Clarke
It is with profound sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Jennifer Clarke on April 07, 2017 at the age of 42. Jennifer was born in Geraldton, ON Oct 22, 1974. She attended B.A. Parker Public School, Geraldton Composite High School, and Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology where she obtained two honor Diplomas. One as a Social Service Worker and the other as a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor. Jennifer started her Counselling career with the Geraldton Thunder Bird Friendship Centre (2005). She was very proud of her job, very passionate about helping others, a protector by nature, someone others would look upon for help, always there for her family and friends no matter what.
She was a caring and loving mother to Dana (20) and Morgan (14) until she could no longer care for them due to illness (2010). Jennifer suffered great trauma as a child and tried desperately her whole life to work through her pain. Unfortunately she was forced to step away from family and friends to work on her issues alone. She wanted to get better so she could do better for her children and regain the relationships with the people she loved. Her children were the focus in life and we all looked forward to having her back with us one day soon.
Jennifer loved her dog (Melanka) and spent much time in the woods. She loved to breathe in nature as this was where she found peace and serenity. Jennifer maintained health and fitness, she once ran a 5k marathon with two of her best girls and was so proud they accomplished it together after months of training. She always said someday a full marathon. She truly loved her friends like they were family and cherished the bond she had with them. Even though her life shifted, taking her down another path she took the memories with her. (You people know who you are).
Jennifer moved to Winnipeg, MN (2010) and worked as a counsellor in a youth facility and later decided to make a career change by getting into the security field. She later moved to Pembroke, ON (2015) and was working towards getting back into a counselling career as this had always been her true passion.
Smarts seemed to come easy to Jennifer and she excelled at many things. She had a thrust for knowledge, always welcomed learning new things, and applied them to life. She was an avid reader of educational type literature, a lover of 80’s rock music (always wanting to play “guess that song” with whomever would be up to challenge her), she liked to garden because she wanted to have pretty flowers for people to see when passing by, and cooking because she never wanted anyone to have an empty belly.
It’s heartbreaking to sum up someone’s life in a few paragraphs after they have touched you in so many ways for so many years. She was a mother, a sister, aunt, friend, and a daughter. She may be physically gone but her spirit lives on through our memories forever. A part of her will always live on through her daughters that will carry her with them.
A small private family service was held in Pembroke, ON Apr 15, 2017. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of choice close to your heart in her memory. Jennifer was big on paying it forward.
If I had to share three things she would want to leave us with they would be:
For children - If you have been a victim of trauma don’t trivialize or hide your pain and suffer alone. Reach out for help before it’s too late. You are worth it! You are worth it! You are worth it!
- For Mothers - Children are gifts from god. They must to be loved, nurtured, and protected at all costs.
- For Fathers - Be good to your daughters. Show them how a man should treat a lady.
Go in peace Jen, you are finally free.