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Enid Maratha Clarke-Challenger Dies at 88

There are five large petals on the flamboyant flower (Delonix regia), which emerge from a star-shaped set of sepals. (Source photo by Gail Karlsson)

Enid Maratha Clarke-Challenger was born Oct. 30, 1932, on Craddock Road, Nevis, West Indies, to Mr. Samuel Calvin Jones of Jessups, Nevis, and to Ms. Alice Ann Clarke of Craddock Road, Nevis. Enid leaves behind her husband of close to 50 years, Mr. Joseph Challenger, also out of Nevis.

Ms. Enid, as she was affectionately called by some close to her, leaves to mourn her, three sons: Wendell Clarke, Rico Clarke and Mervyn (Glenn) Clarke. Enid is also survived by six grandchildren, two from Rico (Tyler and Nicholas Clarke) and four from Mervyn (Mervyn Jr., Jamal, Jaavon and Kobe Clarke).

She is also survived by Enid also leaves to mourn two daughters-in-law: Mrs. Susan Clarke (Rico) and Mrs. Ana Clarke (Mervyn). She leaves four step-grandchildren in the same order, Jason and Ryan Fleming from Susan, and Victor Mala and Roland Benjamin from Ana. Also left to mourn are her sisters-in-law: Francesca Hendrickson, Veronica Frett and Valerie Clarke; and brothers-in-law: Eugene Maynard, Sidney and George Challenger.

Enid was preceded in death by her mother and father; her siblings: Ivy Williams, Lynette Hendrickson and Randolph “Rudolph” Hendrickson; uncles, Bertram Jones and Austin Clarke (Stancliffe); and finally, her aunt, Beryl Taylor; and lastly, one of her favorite cousins, Florence David-Leader, whom she was very close to and would visit regularly while living on St. Thomas.

Enid will always be loved and cherished and will always be an influence in the lives of those she touched by her presence. May her soul rest in eternal peace, as she so justly deserves, having lived 88 years on earth. We love you, Ms. Enid, Maritha Clarke-Challenger.

The first viewing will be held from 3-5 p.m., Wednesday, June 23, at Blyden Memorial Chapel. The second viewing will be held at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 24, at St. Andrew’s Church. Interment will be at Eastern Cemetery.

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