Daphne Clarke passed away in October.
Daphne Clarke passed away in October.

Wife remembered for her lovely smile

DAPHNE Clarke called a spade a spade and loved having a XXXX beer.

The 79-year-old great-grandmother died on October 6 at New Auckland Place aged care residence from a stroke.

Wally Clarke told The Observer his wife was a straightforward woman.

"If she thought you weren't any good, she would tell you," he said. "Very rarely would she change her mind."

Mrs Clarke was well liked and known by many people in the area.

But Mr Clarke will miss his wife the most.

"I will miss her smile, laugh and cheeky eyes," he said.

Mrs Clarke's favourite hobby was golf and she was a foundation member of the Boyne Island Tannum Sands Golf Club and the first female president.

Spending time in her garden was also a favourite a pastime.

"She loved roses and flowers. She rarely cut any flowers as she said that they cried when they were cut," Mr Clarke said.

"She had the best lawn," daughter Karen Walker added.

Mrs Clarke was born in Marburg on January 25 in 1935.

Until the age of 15, her years were spent on her parents' dairy farm at Forrest Hill.

At 15 she went to work in Ipswich, where she met Wally at a dance. They married when Mrs Clarke was 19.

They had three children, Gary, Errol and Karen.

In 1968 the family moved to Gladstone and stayed in the area.

The couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 2004 and then their diamond anniversary in April this year.

They received congratulatory letters from the Queen, Tony Abbott, Campbell Newman and a number of other political leaders.

"I couldn't work out why we were getting so much mail," Mr Clarke laughed.

Mr and Mrs Clarke thoroughly enjoyed travelling. They would drive all around Australia in their caravan pop-top - a fond memory of Mr Clarke's.



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