Louise Marie (Clark) Best
Marie (Clark) Best, 90, beloved wife of F. Richard 'Dick' Best, passed
away peacefully on January 3, 2023 at the Kaplan Family House in Danvers
after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
was born on her mother’s birthday, May 3, 1932, in Waltham, daughter of
the late Leroy C. Clark and I. Marie (Noel) Clark. She was raised in
Melrose, graduating from Melrose High School in 1950. Lou continued her
education at Massachusetts School of Art, where she met her future
husband, and received a BFA in Fashion and Design in 1954. Lou and Dick
were married in 1955 and settled in Ipswich on outer Linebrook Road in
1958 where they began raising their family.
be remembered for her creative talents, which she put to good use by
teaching art at the Doyon School. Her goal was to inspire every student to
explore their own creative talents. Long after retirement, past students
continued to let “Mrs. Best” know that art class was their favorite
subject in elementary school. Many discussed passing along her inspiration
using class work still in their possession as templates for new projects
with their own children.
She was a
devoted parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church, now known as Our Lady of Hope
Parish, in Ipswich where she worked tirelessly organizing and running the
Bingo program. Continuing to put her creative skills to work, coupled with
her dedication to her faith, Lou co-authored “Our Branch of the Vine” with
Mary P. Conley. The book, published by the Centennial Book Committee in
1990, narrates the 100-year history of St. Joseph’s Church.
loved to knit and sew. Family members are always sporting mom’s homemade
sweaters, which will continue to be passed down through the generations.
She was also an avid reader and loved her crossword and sudoku puzzles,
which, by the way, were always completed in ink.
addition to her loving husband Dick, she is survived by her three sons,
Michael A. Best and his wife Patricia of Hampton Falls, NH, Christopher J.
Best and his wife Kimberly of Ipswich and T. Scott Best of Ipswich; two
grandchildren Travis C. Best and his wife Deserae of Casco, Maine and
Chelsey M. Best and fiancé Lou Sarofeen of Livermore Falls, Maine and six
great-grandchildren, Odele, Rohan, Alpharius, Nova, Gideon and Remington.
She was the sister of the late Robert N. Clark.
funeral service will be held at 11 am Thursday, January 12, in the
Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich followed by interment
in the New Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are cordially
welcomed. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Riverside
Care Advisors, 246 High Street, Newburyport, MA 01950.
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