Betsy Clarke

August 24, 1940 - October 16, 2013

Peacefully in Picton, Ontario, after a life well-lived, on October 16, 2013. Born August 24, 1940 at Antrim, Ontario on the family farm where she learned a love of the land and the rural community that she never lost. Elizabeth Ann, known all her life as Betsy, was the eldest daughter of Robert Serson Sparrow and his wife Bessie, both deceased. She was a graduate of Queen’s University, 1963. She was the dearly loved and loving mother of Bradley Mackenzie and his wife Adrienne (née Ball) and Daniel Richard, and grandmother of Lucas Thomson and Callum Harris Clarke. There was no role in her life that she loved more than being mother and grandmother to her children and grandchildren. She loved them with a passion. Betsy was the sister to Sally Cowan and her husband Bill (Milford, Ontario) and to Bob Sparrow and his wife Carolyn (Antrim, Ontario), and aunt and great aunt to their children and grandchildren. Betsy had a long career in public service: as a high school English teacher, Secretary Manager of Carp Agricultural Society, and Executive Director of the Canadian 4-H Council and 4-H Foundation. In 1991 she established her firm, Betsy Clarke & Associates, described as Consultants in Philanthropy. She loved being a fundraising consultant; her goal was always to put the organizations she worked with – most often community-based ones where she could make a difference – on the path to self-sufficiency. In her later years, she was very actively involved with churches and faith-based organizations, which she recognized as the catalyst for starting so many of the agencies that supported the vulnerable in our society. She was proud to be an Anglican and supported her parish of St. Matthew’s in many ways. Visitation at Tubman’s Funeral Home, 403 Richmond Road, Ottawa, on Tuesday, October 22 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Funeral service to be held at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, 217 First Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, on Wednesday, October 23 at 1pm. Reception to follow at St. Matthew’s. Private interment in St. Mark’s Anglican Cemetery, Pakenham, Ontario at a later date. Respecting Betsy’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Prince Edward, 40 Downes Avenue, Picton, ON K0K 2T0.