LONG BEACH - Long Beach resident Louise F. Clarke, 93, died Sept. 30, 2002 in Long Beach.

Born Feb. 25, 1909 in Tacoma, she was the daughter of Golden and Mable (Hayes) Bennett. She was a high school graduate and in her youth a beautiful woman who with her sister Bobbie was a "flapper" during the roaring 20s. She lived in Salem where she worked for the state of Oregon.

In the late 1960s she moved to the Peninsula to live with and care for her mother, Mable Baker in Ocean Park and she worked for Telephone Utilities of Ilwaco. There she developed an original punch card computer system. She enjoyed mentoring area teenagers during the 1970s and 1980s, and was a member of Saint Mary's Parish of Seaview. She was active in Peninsula bowling leagues, enjoyed crossword puzzles and in earlier years studied acting and was involved with theater groups in Salem. After retirement, she had traveled extensively to Europe, to see the Vatican and to Africa. She had a keen mind that was sharp until her death.

She is survived by her daughter Irene McBride of Portland; granddaughters Cynthia Taylor and Joni Miller of Portland; grandsons Dennis Taylor of Kenai, Alaska and Randy Taylor of Portland; seven great grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

A Mass in her memory will be announced at Saint Mary's Parish in Seaview. Memorials may be made to the church at P.O. Box 274, Seaview, Wash. 98644. Arrangements by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach.

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