April 24, 1972 — July 23, 2012
Colleen Louise Clarke passed away July 23, 2012, at her home in the Mission District of San Francisco, where she lived for the past 20 years. She was born in San Jose, Calif., on April 14, 1972. Our beloved Colleen is survived by her parents, William and Sonja Clarke of Placerville, Calif.; her sisters, Caren (Michael Abrams) and Cathy (Brian Amos); nephew, Kevin Amos; niece, Kaitlyn Amos; and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
Even as a youngster Colleen was a humanitarian, as she was always concerned about those who were in need. As a teenager, her parents would be surprised to find her watching the latest congressional debates on C-Span. Her intent was to understand and make this world a better place … and she did, with her mere presence! She also had an insatiable curiosity and interest in other cultures. She went to Borneo, Indonesia, as an exchange student in her junior year of high school and urged her parents to host an exchange student from the Netherlands in her senior year of high school. She later found a way to travel to Europe twice on her own, and literally had friends all over the world.
Colleen graduated from El Dorado High School in Placerville and later earned her degree in Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. She was a valued employee at a law firm in San Francisco. She was a beautiful person, inside and out, a responsible adult, an avid reader and intellectual, an accomplished artist, someone who had a quick wit and ever-present sense of humor and, most of all, a kind and loving heart. She always seemed to know just the right thing to say to make others feel better.
Colleen was a gift from God to our family and to all those who knew her. We all miss her terribly, but are comforted to know that she now rests at peace. Her spirit lives on in our hearts forever. A celebration of life honoring her will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m., at Unity of Sacramento Church, 9249 Folsom Blvd. in Sacramento, Calif.