Cathryn Rose Halderson Clarke, age 87, of Decatur, GA passed away on October 1, 2008. She was born in Medina, OH on May 17, 1921 to Raymond Halderson and Cleva Touton Halderson. After graduating as a speech major from Baldwin- Wallace College in Berea, OH, Cathryn eloped with William Robbins Clarke in 1942 during World War ll. After the birth of their two daughters, Cynthia and Carole, they lived in Berea, OH, Metairie, LA, and Atlanta. Cathryn was a kindergarten teacher and private tutor instilling her love of learning in many individuals. Later she and her husband established A Bit of Britain, a company which imported handmade items from the British Isles. As a life long learner and avid reader, she highly valued education, travel, history and spectator sports. One of her fondest memories was quietly soaring at sunset in a hot air balloon in France. Cathryn was a loving mother and grandmother who cherished her family above all else. Her kind selflessness, common sense, spirit of adventure, and love of life were evident to all who knew her. Cathryn will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Robbins Clarke; two sisters, Virginia Halderson Fairchild and Constance Halderson Bowman. She is survived by her daughters; Cynthia Clarke Haveman of Covington, LA and Carole Clarke Boyce of Dacula, GA; sisters, Jeanne Halderson Link of Medina, OH and Mary Rose Halderson Kleiman of Indianapolis, IN; sons-in-law, Ben Haveman and Peter Boyce; grandchildren, Kristin Haveman Todd of Denver, CO, Hans Haveman of Mandeville, LA, Timothy Boyce of New York, NY, Brandon Boyce of Morgantown, WV, Geoffrey Boyce of Philadelphia, PA, Thomas Boyce, John Robert Boyce, and Olivia Boyce all of Dacula, GA; great grandsons, Liam Donovan of Denver, CO and Onno Haveman of Mandeville, LA; granddaughters-in-law, Courtney Boyce, Amanda Boyce, and soon to be Jaclyn Price and Nichole Henson; grandson-in-law, John Todd; brothers-in-law, Richard Link and Larry Kleiman. Cathryn donated her body to Emory University School of Medicine. A memorial service will be held during the Thanksgiving holidays at Simpsonwood Chapel to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cathryn Halderson Clarke Education Fund and sent to the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia at 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097.