2009-08-13 / Obituaries

Martha Clarke Kinnecom, 50

Martha Coburn Clarke Kinnecom, 50, of Englewood, Fla. and Jamestown, died Aug. 8, 2009, in Jamestown after a courageous and graceful 10-month battle with primary peritoneal cancer. She was the devoted and beloved wife of Andrew Kinnecom for 29 years.

Raised in Jamestown, she was the daughter of Bob and Jinny Clarke of Little River, S.C. and formerly of Jamestown. Martha was the loving and dedicated mother of Katie Young and son-in-law, Doug, of Arlington, Mass., and Kimberly of Cambridge, Mass.

Martha is also survived by her brother, Bob Clarke Jr. of Jamestown; mother-in-law Trudy of Englewood, uncle Rick, aunt Dot, nieces Kelly and Abby Coleman, nephews Dan and Pete Kinnecom, two great-nephews, many brothers-and-sisters-in-law, and a host of family and friends. Her sister, Jolie Coleman, preceded her in death.

Martha was completely devoted to her family and friends. While she looked forward to being a grandmother, she leaves a legacy of love and happiness for the future generation. Martha was a lover of the sun and flowers. Inspired by her grandmother, Mimi, she learned to work the soil and grow beautiful flowers and gardens. She was an avid reader and also enjoyed golf, traveling, cooking, antiquing, ironing her clothes crisply, but especially everything her daughters were interested in.

A graduate of Springfield College, Martha enjoyed several productive and fun careers. She and her husband owned a catering business in Rhode Island for 15 years and most recently a golf resort in North Carolina. She also managed the Ringling School of Art and Design’s bookstore in Sarasota and was the preschool director at Community Presbyterian in Englewood for many years, preparing hundreds of children for the future in formal schools.

A celebration of her life was held Tuesday, Aug. 11, St. Matthewís Episcopal Church in Jamestown. She was interred at Cedar Cemetery in Jamestown.

Martha grew her own flowers, so in lieu of sending more, donations may be made to the Martha C. Kinnecom Peritoneal Cancer Foundation Inc., at www.PrimaryPeritonealCancer. org or Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904. For online guestbook, visit: www.Fagan- QuinnFuneralHome.com.

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