Clarke, Leola Ionie

December 31, 1932 – December 25, 2022
at the age of 89 years:     

Celebration of Life will be held April 29, 2023 at Fifth Avenue Seniors Center located at 170 – 5th Avenue SE, Salmon Arm, BC  from 1 pm to 4 pm.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beautiful Mom on Christmas Day, just days short of her 90th birthday. 

Mom was born to Jonathan and Lillian Waters in Ashmont, Alberta and was the youngest of 8 children. She married Kenneth Clarke on April 29, 1949 and had five children.

She is survived by her children Donna (George), Dale (Trish), Ivor (Susan), Roy (Linda) and Brian (Julie).  12 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews

Mom loved her Tuesday card games with the girls, bingo, the casino and the time she spent with her family and friends.

Mom has requested no funeral, however there will be a Celebration of Life later in the Spring. Family and friends attended the New Year’s Eve Bingo Bash at the Casino in her honor.

She was predeceased by her husband Ken, and her companion Roy Johnston, great grand-daughter Jerrica Clarke, her parents, and all her siblings.

Many thanks to the doctors and nurses who helped with her care and her Piccadilly Terrace family and friends.

In lieu of flowers please consider donations to The Salmon Arm Women’s Shelter or Shuswap Paws Animal Rescue. 


  1. Leola was a dear friend for over 50 years. I ate my first perogies at her house! I will miss her taking my dimes at our Tuesday card games! I am so glad that she celebrated her 90th birthday early, with all her children, in October. She looked so happy, to have everyone together. My condolences to all her family.

  2. What a lovely lady! She was a joy to work with and be around! Loved her laugh! What a great life she had! If one could only live forever happy!
    The Smith clan

  3. Your Mom looks so lovely in that picture, serene and happy.
    I am sorry for your loss, so glad you had good times with her these last many years.

  4. Condolences to the family. Leola will be truly missed. She was always a great lady and very strong. A wonderful example to all of us as to how to be positive and find the best in everything. Always a welcoming smile and a great friend. Rest in peace dear friend, you will be deeply missed. I have many happy memories with your family.

  5. In 1965 this beautiful lady took this young girl and with her kindness made me feel welcome. She gave my Penny her 1st bath, she had charm, kindness, understanding, her smile lite up a room and could she bake bread. I am blessed to have her and her daughter Donna in my life Thank you You are always in my mind

  6. Leola was a strong beautiful lady. My husband Maurice had many fishing trips with Leola and Ken. I know the trips truly meant a lot to Maurice. She was a great neighbor for 10 years and many chats and coffee days were always wonderful. You will be greatly missed dear friend and always remembered.

  7. She was a beautiful soul always with a big wide welcoming smile. She will be truly missed.

  8. Rest in peace Auntie Leola. You always had a smile and we always shared a laugh or two when we spoke. You were very loved and will be missed by many.

  9. We are so sorry to here about gramma Leola she was amazing lady she leave a special place in our hearts, where we had very good memories and alot off laughs at the farm .
    You be truly missed.

  10. My sincere condolences to the family.

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