Friday, November 17, 2006

Caroline(Carrie)Gertrude (Van Tassel) Clarke (Stephen John)

Caroline(Carrie) Gertrude (Van Tassel) Clarke was
born on the 18 April/1901 and died 0n 16 Dec 1991

Caroline or Carrie as she is called left home at a very young age to work in Chatham, NB as a housekeeper. She later returned to Digby and was employed at the Waverley Hotel were she met and married George Clarke. They then moved to Grand Falls, NB., then on to Toronto
where on the 26 Aug 1931 Evelyn was born. Evelyn married Arthur Sullivan and they had two children.Stephen James born 20 Jul 1950 and Deborah born 18 Feb 1954. Deborah is married to Willard Balser and they have one child named Stephen Born 6 May 1992 Arthur was employed with the town of Digby and passed away on the 9 Feb 2000. Evelyn Clarke, after the separation of her parents, was raised by her grandparents Stephen and Elizabeth of Digby, NS. Carrie obtained employment as a waitress in St John, NB at Dan's Restaurant where she worked for thirty years. She would travel back and forth on her time off to visit her daughter in Digby. Those of us that traveled the route back and forth on the ferry would stop off and visit Carrie at the restaurant.We would be treated to a free meal and sent on our way with a hug, a smile and a reminder to stop off again when we are coming that way. She was a gem and a very hard worker. Carrie passed away at in the Digby Hospital, at the age of 90. A happy ending to this story is that Carrie later on had another daughter Vivian Ruth who was born on the 12 Jun 1937 and was adopted out. Vivian was married to Joe Surette of Saulnierville, NS. He passed away 12 Jan 2001. Evelyn and Vivian were recently reunited as sisters and I am sure everyone knows that there will be a lot of catching up to do with those two girls. We wish them luck. We are happy for them.

Posted by Picasa Arthur and Evelyn Sullivan in their younger days.

Evelyn is the daughter of Carrie and Grand Daughter of Maria Elizabeth. Pictured above with her husband Arthur Sullivan in their younger days

Carrie Van Tassel at the age of 17.

On the back of the picture says it was taken in 1917. Picture sent by Willard Bucky of St Johns NB one of the Van Tassel Cousins

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