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Ethel Martin Gibson Clark
(December 8, 1916 - February 7, 2014)

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Ethel Martin Gibson Clark

Ethel Martin Gibson Clark, the daughter of Dr. Eugene and Mrs. Ethel Martin Gibson, was born on December 8, 1916 in Kenwood, Fayette County, Georgia. She died on February 7, 2014, at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation: Lafayette, located in Fayetteville, Georgia, where she received excellent medical care from caring staff. Concerning her education, she was a graduate of Cox College of College Park, Georgia and a graduate of the University of Georgia where she earned a degree in English and in music. She also had a law degree. While a student at the University of Georgia, she was an accomplished equestrian. Also, of note, as a young person being an accomplished violinist, Mrs. Clark played in the Atlanta Children’s Symphony. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Mrs. Clark was employed by the Clayton County Board of Education and taught first at North Clayton Elementary School and then at North Clayton High School where she taught English and French. Of interest, she had two aunts—Clyde Martin and Ruth Martin-- of College Park, Georgia, who were valedictorians of their senior classes, as well as, having a sister-in-law Florence Camp Gibson who was valedictorian of her senior class at Russell High School [now, Tri-Cities High School] in East Point, Georgia. Following her teaching career, Mrs. Clark taught piano and violin for 50 years in her home in College Park. Over her lifetime, Mrs. Clark had been an active member of several organizations two of which were the College Park Woman’s Club, where she had served as president, and of the Order of the Eastern Star Unity Chapter # 549, where in recent years she was presented with a 70 year pin at a beautiful reception given by the Unity Chapter. Mrs. Clark, a devout Christian, was a member of First Baptist Church of College Park, Georgia. Her mother enrolled her in the Cradle Roll of the church the week of Mrs. Clark’s birth. Ethel Clark was predeceased by her husband Robert H. Clark, her parents Dr. Eugene F. Gibson and Mrs. Ethel Celestine Martin Gibson; her brother Eugene F. Gibson, Jr. and her sister-in-law Florence Camp Gibson. Among those surviving Mrs. Clark are the following: daughters Dorothy(Neil) Clark Harris of Fayetteville, Georgia, and Ethel Clark Lambert of Atlanta, Georgia: grandchildren Courtney(Stan) Lambert Stewart of Homer, Georgia; Elizabeth (Todd) Norris of Gainesville, Georgia; and Hugh F. Lambert, Jr. of Gainesville and Robin Corder Lambert: great-grandchildren Mack Norris and MaKylee Lambert, both of Gainesville, Georgia: nieces Leslie (John) Gibson Rowe of Pisgah Forest, North Carolina; Lane Elizabeth Gibson of Pisgah Forest, North Carolina; Peggy (Christopher) Gibson Savage of Dacula, Georgia; Dr. Geneen Martin Gibson of Savannah, Georgia: nephew Joseph Clark, Sr. of Jonesboro, Georgia: cousin Edward McConnell of Riverdale, Georgia. The funeral service for Ethel Martin Gibson Clark will be 2:00 o'clock p.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2014, with visitation from 12:00 o'clock noon until time of the service at Donehoo-Lewis Funeral Home , located at 736 S. Central Ave., Hapeville, Georgia 30354. Burial will follow in the historic College Park Cemetery in College Park Georgia. Dr. Hugh MacDonald and Rev. Tillman Pritchett will officiate. Music will be provided by Pianist; Bob Allen. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harvest Park Baptist Church, located at 37 Frank Cook Road , Newnan, Georgia 30263 or to the Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes located at 9250 Hutcheson Ferry Road, Palmetto, Georgia 30268.

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