November 7, 1934 ~ February 20, 2021

Born in: Albany, NY
Resided in: North Haven, CT

Faye Keller Clarke, age 86, died at home in the arms of her loving husband Mike Clarke on February 20, 2021. Faye and Mike were married for over 64 years. Faye was the daughter to the late Arthur and Helen Keller. She was predeceased by her sister Helene Humphries and brother Arthur Keller. She is survived by her seven loving children, four from the marriage, three adopted; twelve much loved grandchildren; and one much loved great-grandchild: Her daughter Cathy and her husband David Dutkowski and their children Danial and Cayla; David and his wife Adrienne and their children Nerissa and husband Farhat, who much to the delight of Faye announced they are expecting, and Maxwell and wife Laura and daughter Genevieve; Paul and his wife Anne and their children Chris and Caitlin; Karen and her husband John Conlin and their children Thea, Owen, and Della; Cam and her husband Louis King and their child Jennifer; Fred Clarke; and Curtis Clarke and his child Coral. In addition, she was a loving Foster Mom to over 50 children in need of a temporary home.

Faye was a 1956 graduate of Russell Sage College in Troy, NY with a B.S. in Nursing. She started her career at Grace New Haven Hospital as the Charge Nurse of the Rooming In section of the Obstetrics Floor. Part of her responsibilities was teaching nursing students how to teach the parents in rooming how to take care of their baby. She loved that aspect of her job. She resigned that position to start a family and Cathy was born in July 1957. Over the years she worked at various nursing jobs, all arranged so she could be there for her family; including part-time work in Nursing Homes, filling in for school nurses, summer camp nursing, and VNA nursing. She loved to teach about nursing and did so, instructing pre-nursing students at the high school and nursing students at the Hospital.

Throughout her life Faye was always involved in community volunteer activities. In 1978, the American Mothers Committee of Connecticut, part of a nationwide group,   designated Faye Mother of The Year for her motherhood and community efforts. This elicited an Official Statement from Governor Grasso honoring Faye for her accomplishments. When her children were in school, she became active in the PTA, serving as president of Center School PTA and was later elected to President of PTA Council for North Haven. As a Democrat, she became a member of the Democrat Town Committee for the rest of her life. Later, ran for and won a seat on the Board of Education for two terms. Subsequently, she ran for First Selectman and State Representative, and ended up as Third Selectman for two years. Faye was always active as a member of the Methodist church, first in North Haven and later at First and Summerfield United Methodist in New Haven. Active as a Girl Scouts leader, she taught Red Cross first aid to Girl Scouts in North Haven. She grew interested in volunteering for the Red Cross and became a disaster nurse, requiring her to attend a number of both local and travel disasters on the east coast, where she assisted with setting up shelters and providing medical care to victims. She was also a coordinator for programs like Friendly Town. Faye was always just a phone call away from anyone in need of a listening ear, offering support and advice and willing to place a phone call to someone else who could help. She was a fighter for justice and equality all her life. Her family will always remember the gift of time we had during the frequent trips she and Mike made to each of our homes, providing love and support.

A Memorial Service celebrating Faye’s life will be held at a later date. BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden is in care of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations in Faye’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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  1. Ana Maria and I were sad when we learned of Faye’s passing earlier this week. I have fond and dear memories of Faye from when I was a pre-schooler, elementary school student, teenager and adult. Ana Maria and I cheerish the memories we have when we visited Faye and Mike and shared both lunch and dinner dates with them in recent years. We send our condolences to Mike and the entire family.

  2. Dear Mike and family,
    I can’t imagine how heartbroken you all are. Faye was a gentle soul and I loved her very much. I wish you all peace and love.
    With all my love,
    Joanie

  3. My Aunt Faye has been a light in my life. I could always count on her to talk about all things spiritual, deep and CONNECTED. We rarely, (never?) talked about shallow stuff but rather, we shared a heartbeat on the tender soul matters of life.
    When I moved to Connecticut from California, knowing Aunt Faye and Uncle Mike were here, made the transition easier. They immediately became the touchstone to whom I gravitated in times of joy and in times of need. They met me, eye to eye, without judgement but with hugs and assistance.
    Aunt Faye had a sense of humor that would hit me up side the head when I least expected it. Always without rancor or malice, she has more than once had me spitting out my beverage. Did she wait until I had a mouthful of coffee? I don’t know.
    Faye always had a tender tender sweet heart for the world around her. Nothing and no one was hopeless. She was a cheerleader and encourager. She respected everyone’s journey as she worked hard to follow God in service every day of her life.
    For awhile, I was a single mom and Aunt Faye was always available to help me in a pinch. Her experience as a nurse came in handy and her advice was free and reliable. Both wonderful things to a single mother who was scared and hyper.
    Faye and Mike raised the most delightful and compassionate children. My cousins are some of my favorite people. The heart and soul of Faye lives on in everyone she raised. No matter if she gave birth to them, borrowed them or adopted them, they were all “hers.”
    Every time I spoke to her, she called herself “blessed.” We are all blessed to have had her in our lives. Never will there be another soul like Aunt Faye. She was unique, gentle, determined, hopeful, honest and compassionate. She had hope for everyone and the world.
    I will miss Aunt Faye forever and when I think of her, I will smile and thank GOD that she was in my life. A TRUE blessing.

  4. Thanks Terry,
    You meant a lot to her an to me. She always came off your phone calls energized.
    Faye loved you , loved helping you, connecting with you personally and spiritually and being with you.
    Thanks for what you wrote.
    Love to you and Charlie
    Uncle Mike

  5. My condolences to the Clarke family. I worked on several projects over the years with Mrs. Clarke. She was dedicated and eager to help especially in the community of North Haven. R. I. P.

  6. Faye will be deeply missed. She had done a lot in her life time.
    My condolences go out to the whole family.
    Karen Haury

  7. Mrs. Clarke was such a wonderful neighbor. She used to let mu siblings & I swim in her family pool when we were little children. She was always willing to help others. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten. I send my sympathy to all of her loved ones.
    Pamela (Black) Lyn

  8. Faye and I met as “day students” at Russell Sage College and became roommates at the end of our Sophomore year.
    We enjoyed nurse’s training through all that we learned and endured together… we did make it through Psych Nursing! Whew!!
    I didn’t know how to cook and Faye did. We combined resources and ate a LOT of Tuna Noodle Casserole with peas. We had a “puppy box” in the bathtub where we stacked our dirty dishes until we gave in and would finally get them clean.
    Faye and I both grew in faith over the years we spent together and afterwards. Our conversations were sporadic but always included something we were learning about trusting God in our life circumstances.
    My last visit was in August 2019. Faye and Mike took me to the train station, but before we left, we sat in the car for morning devotions and prayer.
    I’m sad that you’re not here, Faye and I’m glad that you are with Jesus.❤️

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