Today is the day that we join in celebration for the life and legacy of Gail Paulette Clark who departed her earthly life Saturday, January 2, 2021. Gail was born July 12, 1951 to her proud parents Leonard L. Clark Sr. and Rebecca T. Clark in her hometown of Norfolk, Virginia.
Gail graduated from Norview High School, Norfolk, VA. in 1969. While attending Norview High School, Gail completed courses at Norfolk Vocational Technical Center where she earned her certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse in,1970. Being a nurse was a dream Gail had treasured since she was a young girl. As she began her career, Gail soon married and became a mother to her daughter Raynelle whom she loved and cherished. Later, Gail balanced being an amazing single mother with a growing career.
Gail worked at Norfolk General Hospital now Sentara where she gained experience, as a catalyst to her growing career. Gail was offered a position at McGuire Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Richmond, VA. She accepted a promotion in Cincinnati, OH as the Chief of Ambulatory Care & Processing. She was affectionally known as Chief Gail. Gail also earned her Associates in Liberal Arts and her Bachelor of Science in Humanities soon followed. Gail soared in diverse healthcare positions to keep herself abreast of the everchanging medical field. As a result she completed her career as a Medical Assistant Instructor, educating others in the health care industry. Gail believed that the healthcare field can be at its best, if there are people dedicated and educated to provide the best care for others.
Gail was a believer in serving the community. She was one of the original members of The Center for Closing the Health Gap. She served in the Tristate Medical Reserve Corp where she provided care and resources for victims of Hurricane Katrina of 2005 and the 2009 H1N1 Outbreak. She served as the Health and Wellness Coordinator at Zion Global Ministries where she attended. She was a mentor at Woodward High School and was always ready to provide her heart and advice to anyone.
Gail enjoyed music and shared her soprano voice with the Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Mass Choir and later Zion Global Ministries Adult Choir. Her Pastor, Freddie Piphus was a motivator and teacher to Gail. She would often say, “that man can teach!”
Did you know that Gail was a war movie buff? Her favorite war history subjects were WWII and Vietnam War. She was a lover of Westerns and Action Movies. If you ask her family and friends, Gail had a weakness for chocolates. Her sweet tooth inherited from her Daddy and chocolate craze from her Mama! As a girl, Gail loved to cook. Her taste testers were her little sisters Alicia and Michelle. Her big brother Leonard would often sneak and eat her famous Christmas cookies she made for the family. If you had her homemade brownies and Pasta Salad, your taste buds would dance!
Gail was called to heaven and presented her heavenly robe by the Father on January 2, 2021. Waiting for her were her Heavenly Tour Guides she longed to see, her parents Leonard and Rebecca. Love ones left behind until a future reunion includes her daughter Raynelle Brinkley, her three siblings: Leonard L. Clark Jr. (Freida), Alicia Clark and Michelle Clark Maull (Willie) who reside in Norfolk, Virginia. She’s also survived by a host of nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. She leaves behind her sister friends Eileen Wright, Joyce Morgan, Terri Lewis, Letitia Wynn, Carolyn Taylor, Pat Hallum and Ruth Taylor. Her presence, humor and smile will be missed by many.
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