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Betty (Tompkins) Clarke

1936 ~ 2019 (age 83)


Betty Clarke " The Cake Lady" of Walden, NY, a longtime resident of the area passed away peacefully at home on Thursday December 5, 2019, in Walden.  She was 83. 

The daughter of the late Clarence Tompkins and Anna Robinson Tompkins, she was born February 05, 1936.

Betty was born and raised in Scranton, PA. The only daughter in a family of sons. She adored all six of her brothers and was the "Matriach"  of the family. She met the love of her life, Edward Clarke in Junior High School and the two spent nearly seventy wonderful years together. Betty had a life long love of children, begining with her nieces and nephews. She raised four children and helped raise all seven of her beloved grandchildren. Betty was well known in the community for her out going personality working at the Thruway Market in Walden, but especially for her amazing baking and cake decorating skills. She helped bring smiles and joy to many a local birthday family events and weddings. Betty was very proud of her cakes, crafts, and sewing creations. 

She was the widow of Edward Clarke.

Survivors include her
Son,          David (Dawnna) Clarke of Maybrook, NY
Daughter,     Cindy (Timothy) Costello of Pine Bush, NY
Daughter,     Lisa (John) Mulqueen of Montgomery, NY
Daughter,     Anna (Stephen) McGowan of Walden, NY
Brother,      Barry (Sandra) Tompkins of Scranton, PA
Grandchildren: Joseph, Evan and Shea Clarke, Alyssa DeJong, Kaitlyn, Brooke & John Mulqueen
Grandchildren of the heart: Christy DeJong, Alana Costello, & Christopher McGowan
Sister in law Settimia "Chip" Clarke of Exeter, PA

She is also survived by many adored nieces and nephews of whom she memorized every birth date. 
She was predeceased by her Brothers:  Irwin (Bea), Jack (Nancy), William Sr.  Robert & Harold (Beverly) Tompkins. Sister in laws: Dorothy Clarke, Doris (Robert) Wilson, Patricia (William) Murray, Brother in laws: John (Dell) Clarke and Donald Clarke. 
Special thanks to her two dedicated caregivers, Estella and Veronica. They both provided her with wonderful, attentive care andprovided her with dignity beyond words. 
Memorial visitation will be Saturday December 7, 2019 from 11am to 1Pm  at the Millspaugh Funeral Home, 22 Bank St.Walden, NY.

Burial will be private in Wallkill Valley Cemetery in Walden, NY.

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Memorial Visitation
December 7, 2019

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Millspaugh Funeral Directors
22 Bank Street
Walden, NY 12586

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