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Virginia D. Clark

June 5, 1940 ~ March 21, 2022 (age 81)

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In God’s special garden, two seedlings grew and blossomed, eventually joining together. From their stem grew fifteen variegated blossoms. One very strong and beautiful rose sprouted on June 5, 1940. The keepers of the garden, Horace and Grace Kerley called this beautiful rose Virginia. She was truly like no other.
The rose grew into a strong, gracious, beautiful flower, enhancing the garden with wisdom, humor, love and a caring spirit for others.

Virginia had a very personal relationship with God. She was baptized into the Catholic faith at St. Martin de Porres Church, where she later received her Catholic confirmation. Upon closure of St. Martin, she joined the St James Catholic Church family.

Virginia attended Carver High School and worked at the Holy Name of Jesus Hospital for many years. One of her greatest joys was working with the sick and elderly. Virginia’s passion for the giving was so great that she devoted her spare time to caring for the elderly.

Virginia was united in marriage to George N. Clark until his untimely death. She was previously married to Arthur Stephens. To this union four seedlings sprouted: Michael (Alice) Stephens, Alisa (Michael) Dixon, Katrina Stephens, and William Stephens: grandchildren: Leiza (Rodney) Miller, Michael Dixon II, Justin Robinson, and Sanquetta (Chris) Dowell; great-grandchildren: Gracie McNutt, Meleia Miller, Aniya Miller, Tiana, Tiera, and Talaya Dowell.

Virginia had many hobbies. She loved traveling, swimming, gardening, cooking and baking. “She made the best southern home cooked meals”. I am sure that she has all of heaven craving the wonderful cakes that she bakes. Most of all, Virginia loved her grandchildren, sharing her hobbies with them and making them

Virginia, “The Rose” graciously began to fade. She bowed her petals in a humble adoration to God on Monday evening, March 21, 2022. With a silent, sweet ingress, God sent an angel to claim His rose. Slowly and gently death gave way to victory and she took her place in God’s heavenly garden.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, Horace and Grace Kerley. God chose nine other blossoms from the garden: Juanita K. Wilson, Horace Kerley Jr., Annie R. Fearse, Emma D. Kerley, William F. Kerley, Charles Kerley, Ernest Ralph Kerley, Lorraine DeRamus, and James W. Kerley.

There are other blossoms left on the stem: relatives, Helen Kerley, Mary (Nathan) Carter, John (Annie) Kerley, Angela Kerley-Reid, and Josephine E. Kerley; special cousins, Jackie (Xavier) Davis, Melcia Pointer, Kathy Tuck, and Sylvia Craig; sisters-in-law, Lurene Kerley and Helen Kerley; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.

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Memorial Service
March 25, 2022

3:00 PM
St. James Catholic Church
622 Chestnut Street
Gadsden, AL 35901

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