Elizabeth Frey "Dibbie" Clark

elizabeth clark

May 11, 1940 ~ February 12, 2022

Born in: Philadelphia, PA
Resided in: Hamden, CT

Elizabeth Frey Clark “Dibbie” passed away in her sleep on February 12, 2022 at home in Hamden, CT. She was born on May 11, 1940 in Philadelphia to Frank Gustave Frey and Charlotte Cleaves Mayo. She was a member of the class of 1958 at the Springside School in Chestnut Hill, PA. She graduated from Bennett College, Millbrook, NY in 1960 and taught at Potomac School in Washington DC. In 1962 she met Sydney P. Clark, Jr., a professor of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University; they were married in 1963 and began their married life with a year-long sabbatical in Canberra, Australia, which initiated their shared love of travel.
Dibbie will be remembered for her high energy and varied interests. She enjoyed yoga and aerobics classes, and took her therapy dog, Sparky, to numerous retirement communities until the pandemic began in 2020. She loved to entertain, garden, travel, craft, bake and celebrate the holidays, particularly Christmas. Christmas was a very special time of year for her because there were plenty of opportunities for family gatherings, baking, and displaying her collections of Wendt & Kühn Angels and Nativity scenes. For many years, Christmas was spent in Bermuda with parents, uncles, aunts, and children. During her drawn-out illness, she was able to maintain strong and meaningful friendships. Above all, Dibbie was a loving wife, mother and grannie.
Dibbie is predeceased by Syd, her husband of 53 years. She is survived by children Edward (Ted) Clark of Canton, CT; Jordan Clark (Dorothy Pak) of Goleta, CA; Elizabeth (Lisa) Clark of Brookfield, CT; and Christina (Christie) Clark (Michael O’Hare) of New York, NY; and grandchildren Emily, Rachel, Isabel, Rebecca, Margaret, Logan, Daniel, Malachy, and Lleyton. Service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 26th at 11:00 a.m. at the First Church of Christ, Meeting House Lane, Woodbridge, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Franciscan Home & Hospice Care of Meriden (franciscanhc.org).


Memorial Service: February 26, 2022 11:00 am

First Church of Christ of Woodbridge
5 Meetinghouse Lane
Woodbridge, CT 06525


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  1. Thinking of you and sending you our deepest condolences on your loss.
    Much love, Abby, Jay, and Alexander Silverstein

  2. Please accept our sincerest and heartfelt sympathies over the loss of your dear Mom and Grandmother. We enjoyed having her, Syd and family members on our bus trips through the years. She always displayed a positive attitude and we know her love of life and family helped her endure through the years. Even in recent weeks we enjoyed keeping in touch with mutually encouraging chats. We will always remember her kind and gentle manner.
    With deepest sympathies, Tim and Ann Haywood

  3. We hold wonderful memories from Orchard Rd and Sunset and Dibby is at the center of many. Our sincerest condolences. Love Jane and Jennifer Blank

  4. Dibbie had an amazing spirit and energy. She was one of the first neighbors I met at North Lake and she made quite a difference in my life there. I will always remember that she made sure I had a ride to visit my mother. To me that was no small favor. In her busy world she MADE THE TIME AND EFFORT.

    Her life presented its challenges, but Dibbie rose to meet them all. She will be thought of with love and admiration.

    be well and take care of each other.
    Robin Caron

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