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PALMYRA – Celia “C J” Clark, 75, passed away quietly October 1, 2003 at her Palmyra residence following a long illness. She was born March 7, 1928 in Aztec, New Mexico a daughter of Fredrick and Josephine (Nation) Roberson. She lived in Durango, Colorado, and as a teenager, moved to Newport, graduating from Newport High School, Class of 1945. She was predeceased by her parents, and four brothers: Charles, Robert, Claude, and Lawrence. Celia was a well known figure around the Palmyra area. She managed the Palmyra Golf Course from 1970 until July 2003, when ill health forced her to retire. She will be missed by hundreds of people whose lives she touched over the years at the golf course. Celia was an avid New England sports fan, watching her beloved Celtics and Red Sox, often joined by her Sox cheering buddy Don Mendell. She was an accomplished outdoorswoman at hunting, fishing and golf. Celia came from a musical family. Her mom and great aunt were a popular duo, playing piano and guitar. Celia was formerly married to Yodeling Slim Clark for twenty five years. She often played on shows with her husband as an accomplished bass player and vocalist. Her stage name was “Blue Eyed Celia”. She wrote several popular songs performed by Slim, including “Rocky Mountain Yodel” and “Trail Riders Lullaby”. Celia was a longstanding member of Nokomis Chapter # 42 Order of the Eastern Star in Newport. She was elected as Worthy Matron more times than anyone in the history of the Chapter.

She is survived by her son Wilf and his wife Dotty of Bingham; a daughter Jewel and her husband Rolly of Bethel; grandchildren Patrick, Michael and his wife Cindy, and Jason; great grandchildren Savannah and Ryan; nieces and nephews in Maine, Florida and Illinois; cousins in Kansas and Colorado; close friends Nat, Sylvia, Mary, Betty, Evelyn, Janet, Thea, and many more friends too numerous to mention; and her constant companion during the last ten years, her dog Bridgette.

A memorial service will be held 1 P.M. Tuesday, October 7th, at Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, 117 Main Street, Newport, with the Rev. Janet McAuley, vicar of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Palmyra officiating. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations to their local animal shelter; or to the Palmyra Consolidated School Library, where she was a volunteer for many years. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.

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