Grace Alma Sibley “Sybil” Clarke, was born to Fred and Doris Sibley on May 3, 1932, in England and passed away Aug. 23, 2017, in Redding.

She, her three sisters and brother grew up during World War II in bombed-out England and went to Wales for the duration of the war. She loved Wales and always dreamed of returning.

She married an American Air Force man — Jack Staley Clarke — in 1954, gave birth to son J. Alan Clarke in 1955, and moved to the United States that same year. Sybil was proud to say she sailed here on one of the Queen Mary’s final voyages.

Settling in Southern California with her new family, she worked many jobs, including a fish canning factory and a ceramics plant and cleaning houses and working in several restaurants. Sybil was a great entertainer at Chez Jer — a famous eatery in Manhattan Beach, for many years, reading tarot cards and palms, learning how to be a bartender, waiting tables and cooking.

Eventually she divorced her husband and moved to Santa Paula, where she lived for approximately eight years. Later she relocated to Big Bear Lake, and within a couple of years moved to Susanville. Sybil was always very house-proud and worked tirelessly keeping it clean and remodeling often.

In 1993, she made a final move to Smith River and again made sure her surroundings were beautiful with flowers and colorful walls and carpeting.

Survivors include special friends Sue Cheshire, Don Frosini and longtime-companion Evelyn “Eve” DeRusha of Smith River; son Alan of Carson; and sisters Vivienne Slavik of Arizona and Audrey Bishop of New Mexico.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Freda; brother John; and her former husband.

Sybil will be remembered by all she met and interacted with in Crescent City and Brookings-Harbor. Her beautiful smile will linger on, as well as her lively laughter. Go with God, Sybil, may you come to rest in a beautiful place like Wales.

In honor of Sybil’s wishes, no service will be held. Instead, a contribution to Cancer Society may be made.

— Submitted by family

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