Dorothy Apedo-Clarke

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APEDO-CLARKE, Dorothy...

With a deep sense of loss, and yet with the joyful assurance that Dorothy is now in the eternal care of the One to whom she committed her whole life, we announce her passing at London Health Sciences Centre Victoria Hospital on May 9, 2020 at the age of 56.

Dorothy was the cherished wife for 21 years of Steve Clarke of London. She was dearly held by her predeceased parents, Alexander Apedo-Moko and Lusi Mongo. Adored by her father-in-law (late) Rev. Morley Clarke and mother-in-law Trudie Clarke. Dearly loved Mom of Juliet Ariba of Toronto, Jonelle Clarke of London, and Esther Clarke of London. Dear sister of Selina Opus (late Francis) of Entebbe, Uganda, Phoebe Agwang (Max) of Kapelebyong, Uganda and Alfred Odeng (Stella, Lucy) of Kapelebyong, Uganda. Loved by brother-in-law Grant Clarke (Jane) of Dahlonega, Georgia, sister-in-law (late) Brenda Duncan and brother-in-law Rev. David Duncan (Ruth) of Woodstock, and sister-in-law Nancy Lahn (Murray) of Cedar Valley. She is also fondly remembered by many cousins, nieces, nephews and treasured friends.

Dorothy was born and raised in Uganda. She was deeply proud of her rural African roots in the Kapelebyong District of north-east Uganda. As such, throughout her life she remained an avid gardener. Dorothy earned her Sociology and Social Administration Honours Bachelor degree in 1987, and her Masters of Public Administration and Management degree in 1996 (the same year she first met her future husband, Steve). Dorothy served as Program Facilitator and then Sponsor Service Manager for Compassion International, Uganda. She then served as Executive Director for a women’s empowerment organization, Forum for Women in Democracy.

In 1999 Dorothy married Steve and immigrated to Canada in October of that year. In her new country she dove immediately into in a variety of work roles, including Operations Supervisor at TeleTech, a software customer service organization. During this time she also earned a Medical Administrative Assistant diploma at Westervelt College. She joined the Corporation of the City of London in 2010, fulfilling several administration roles. Ultimately, she was placed as a Community Support Associate in Neighbourhood, Children & Fire Services.

Dorothy’s birth name was Tabitha. In high school a senior in her boarding school whose name was Dorothy led her to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. She chose to change her first name to Dorothy in honour of this young lady who had witnessed the love of her Lord so powerfully. Since that time, Dorothy has remained a committed Christian, devoted to vibrancy in church fellowship. She is known to family, church members, friends and acquaintances as a sister with a deep servant heart. She has lived out her faith in countless practical, loving ways. (People were drawn irresistibly to her extravagant cooking!) Even during the trying times of her final illness in hospital, Dorothy was constantly looking to reach out to others’ needs in love and service, and pointing them to Jesus.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held at a later date when COVID-19 public meeting restrictions have been lifted.

Donations in Dorothy’s memory can be made to Compassion Canada, 985 Adelaide Street South, London, ON N6E 4A3 or London Pregnancy & Family Support Centre, 261 Piccadilly Street, London, ON N6A 1S3. Arrangements entrusted with A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com