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HOULTON - Leona Mary (Rooney) Clark, 96, passed away Jan. 9, 2015 at a local hospital with her family always near. Leona was born on Sept 11, 1918 in Littleton the daughter of Ralph and Bernice (Haggerty) Rooney and the twin sister of a brother, Lawrence "Buddy" Rooney.

Leona was a communicant of St. Mary of the Visitation and attended morning prayers and daily mass until her moving to Gardiner Healthcare Facility. She was a past member of the Houlton Council of Catholic Women. Leona was known for her hard work outside the home of papering, painting, & spring cleaning for others. She was always sought after for cutting potato seed in the spring and picking potatoes in the fall. When the Sport Welt Shoe Company opened at the Houlton Airport she was called upon for her sewing skills and worked there until its closing. She then sharpened her secretarial skills and was employed by Walter Davis and Bert Daniels at their Fruit and Produce Co. and later their trucking business. She worked until she was 72 years of age, retiring when the company went out of business. Leona loved music and while in her 60's took piano lessons and was often asked to accompany the singing at the Town and Country Senior Citizens and the Golden Heirs in Littleton. Over the years her hobbies included piano, gardening, crocheting, reading, and baking her delicious biscuits for family and friends to enjoy.

Leona is survived by seven children; her daughters Bernice "Bunny" Tidd, Joan Russell, and Mary and David Grant all of Houlton. Sharon and George Lycette of Hodgdon, and Jane and Mark Stile of New Limerick and sons Lawrence "Buddy" Clark of Port Ritchey, FL. and Milford Clark of Athens, TN. Also her twelve grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and eleven great great grandchildren, her sister Ethel Schools of Houlton, brothers, John "Jack" Rooney and wife Dawna of Mapleton, Marim Rooney and wife Ruth of Hermon, and Ralph Rooney of Orange City, FL., a special God daughter, Judy Williams, and many nieces and nephews. Also sisters-in-law June Clark of Orono and Winona Clark of Norway, ME., and brother-in-law Warren Moody, and his friend Helen Farrar of Freedom. She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Milford H. Clark, twin brother Lawrence Rooney, sister Laura Briggs, daughter-in law, Kathy Clark, sons-in-law Herbert "Paul" Tidd and Larry Russell, and grandson Herbert "Herbie" Tidd. Also sisters-in-law Helen Brann, Mildred Moody, and Julia "Dottie" Young; brothers-in-law Lawrence Schools, Fred Briggs, Kenneth Clark, Jack Clark, Wallace Brann, and Seldon Young. The family would like to express their thanks and gratitude for their mothers care while at Gardiner Healthcare Residential Facility and to Houlton Regional Hospital's skilled and comfort care nurses and staff.

Friends may call at St. Mary of the Visitation Tuesday, Jan 13th from 10 to 11 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am with Father David Raymond Celebrant. A committal service at St. Mary's Cemetery will be held later in the spring. Gifts may be made in Leona's memory to St. Mary of the Visitation toward the roof fund, the Food Pantry or a charity of your choice c/o Dunn Funeral Home 11 Park St. Houlton, ME 04730. Online condolences and guest book: dunnfuneral.com
Published on  January 12, 2015
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