August 8: Marcelle Clark (2000)

A century after the dormer windows above Epiphany’s nave were first installed, it was decided to replace the clear glass with stained glass. The six windows were designed as a group to interpret the story of creation as told in the Book of Genesis. The middle window on the east side shows the creation of the sky and was a gift of Marcelle Clark in memory of her parents. Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1907, the only child of Thomas and Maud Clark, Marcelle Clark lived a life of giving back to the community. She first came to the area as a social worker with the Maryland Department of Public Welfare. The other part of her career was spent in the Family Services Bureau of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (today, Health and Human Services) where she worked for 28 years.

In addition to her professional career, Marcelle gave back to the community through her volunteer work. Recipients of her time included Washington National Cathedral, the Smithsonian Institution, the White House and the Women’s National Democratic Club. Marcelle also gave of herself to Epiphany, her beloved parish church. She served on the vestry for three terms, the second woman to serve in that role in the parish’s history. Following her death, a burial eucharist was held at the church. In a final measure of devotion to Epiphany, Marcelle left money for a columbarium. That became a reality with the 2012 renovation. Upon seeing Marcelle Clark’s niche there today, we are reminded of one who brought Christ’s love to the people and organizations she cared about so deeply.

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  1. Abigail Nichols

    Sat 12th Aug 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Everybody “knew” Marcelle at Epiphany but I didn’t know about her active life until after she died. When I became active in Epiphany about 1994, Marcelle generally shared a pew with Marelyn Tank. In 2001 Marelyn introduced me to the Woman’s National Democratic Club, another place to which Marcelle was devoted; as Marelyn and I became close friends through politics I realized the opportunity I had missed by not knowing Marcelle as well.

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