Death came as a gentle summons to Mrs Zenus Clark, who at 12 noon on Sunday last, Jan. 29th, passed to a fairer and brighter realm. For over a year she has been a constant sufferer from rheumatism and this added to other complications, made Death come somewhat in the light relief. For while the family mourns the presence of one dear to them they also rejoice in the Christian life she exemplified on earth. To Mr. Clark, the glories of the life eternal was ever before her and she lived the Christ life by walking in His simple and holy faith. She was in her 79th year.
On the 27th of February, she would have marked sixty years of married life with Mr Clark, who is going to sorely miss his long life-partner. Deceased previous to her marriage was Eliza Abbott of Eramosa. Mr. Clark worked in the same home as his future bride and after their marriage at Arthur, came to Durham. Here for a time the young husband engaged in milling where the present McGowan mill now stands. They eventually moved back to Eramosa. But the call of this north country became very appealing and they again came north to Varney. Here Mr. Clark set up a chopping and grist mill and for 26 years was head of Varney's main industry. Their family of four children were born here, three of them surviving to testify to a mother's love and devotion. They are William R. F., of Durham: Arthur, of Toronto and Florence, Mrs Bert Saunders, of Durham. A daughter Bessie died at Varney in 1905, greatly mourned.
Having sold their milling plant in 1910, to Mr Norman Kerr, Mr and Mrs Clark moved to Durham where they have been respected residents. Mr Clark had not left his working days at Varney, for he built in the town no less then four houses-the Thos E. Brown home, the Bert Saunders home, the Jno Moody home and the late James Hopkins home. He occupied the fist three named for a time, eventually selling all and moving to the old Alexander Stewart home on Lambton St., where they resided for four years.
Their life in Durham has been closely interwoven with the progress of Durham Baptist Church. Away back in the year 1877, Mrs Clark was "converted to Christ" in the old Baptist Church here, by Evangelists Grant and Kilborne, of Kincardine, then conducting services in the town. Mr. Clark's conversion followed two weeks after his wife and they have from that time been true devout followers of their Lord and Master. As an old friend said of her: It will not be hard to preach her funeral sermon."
Friends and relatives from a distance attending the funeral Tuesday were son Arthur , wife and family, Toronto: Mr and Mrs Harry Wilkinson, Mt Forest: Miss Margaret Aldred, Toronto: Mr and Mrs Walker, Dawson Trotter, Toronto: Mr and Mrs Wilfrid Clark, Mr Campbell Clark, Toronto: Chas Birge and Sam Petty, Eramosa: Mr and Mrs John Wilkinson, Mount Forest: Mr and Mrs ed. McKelvie and son, Walkerton: Mrs W. Brown, Holstein. Floral tributes rested on the casket from the family: the Alfred family: Mr and Mrs P. Gagnon; the Saunders family; Mrs W. Brown, Chas. Birge,. Pall bearers were John and Charles Ritchie, Anthony Holmes, T. Brown, Sam Chapman, Thos. McNiece.
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