Carol Gladding Clark, eldest daughter of Wilbur Marshall Clark and Florence Margaret Zimmer (Clark) passed away at PACE Malta House in North Syracuse, NY on July 17, 2023 from natural causes. Born June 2, 1952 her undergraduate studies focused on psychology, and she received a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Syracuse University. A counselor by profession, she specialized her work withindisabled communities and with people recovering from alcohol and substance abuse. Active in Christian circles, she attended New Heart Ministries and a host of other churches and Bible Studies over the years. A close friend describes her as “unparalleled in spirit”. She is survived by four siblings, Cynthia A. Clark-Smith, Jennifer R. Massie, Kim M. Clark, and Audrey C. Clark, as well as cousins, five nephews, a niece and their children.
Photos for slide show to email@example.com or bring for display. Carol will be laid to rest alongside her late mother and father in the Zimmer family plot at the Old Stone Fort Cemetary in Schoharie County, NY at a future time to be determined. Other contributions in her name to New Heart Ministries, Beaver Lake, or New York State National Heritage Trust parks.
Parents Margy and Will sparked a love of the outdoors in all their children, a fire which burned within Carol her entire life.Coming from a musical family, she enjoyed playing piano, banjo and guitar, for which her Dad traded his own saxophone to obtain. As a family we would all sing around Adirondack Mountain campfires, in the car, and family gatherings. Even to her dying days she was determined to one day get back into her Kayak and row out to the middle of the many Lakes surrounding the Central NY area. A staunch worshipper of Jesus Christ, she traversed every stop on conservative church and biblical study circuits she could find, where she built extended family and community. This affinity was cultivated and sown by her father and great uncle Millar Burrows, a biblical scholar and one of a cadre of translators of the dead sea scrolls, with whom she would correspond as a young woman. Carol could not resistpurchasing arts and crafts at festivals, especially if she could witness a sample of the making process, and enjoyed sharing those gifts with others. Carol collected every book, CD, and cassette ever published on the word of Christ, as well as classic Americana music, movies, and icons like The Wizard of Oz, andNormal Rockwell.
A few of the many she’s enlisted in her adventurous endeavorshad these things to say:
Carol had a love for the water. Once in the lake she’d stay in for hours and would be hard to get her out. We went to Southwick Beach a lot. Carol loved sunsets, fireworks, Christmas lights, cross country skiing, kayaking, hiking, museums. She enjoyed spending time with friends and family and had a large church family whom she was very devoted to. Going to church was a way of life for Carol. She loved to have, could out-talk anyone, but was a good listener. She loved flowers and going out to eat. She enjoyed going to various musical and vocal performances, especially during the holidays. She was always on the go, kind, joyous, stubborn, a social butterfly who celebrated life, was loved by a lot of people, and will be sorely missed by those who had the privilege to know her.
Services will be held at New Heart Ministries, 80 Smokey Hollow Road, Baldwinsville, NY on Sunday, July 30 from 3-4 pm with a reception from 4-5pm. Pastors Barry and Susie Behlen will preside. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to bring a dish to pass or if you’d like to speak. Flowers cannot be accepted by church in advance, but can be sent to Sears Middleton Mathewson Funeral Home at 209 North Main Street, North Syracuse, NY 13212.
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