Sue Clark, 92

Sue Clark of Globe passed away Thursday, May 14, 2020, at Haven of Globe. She was born to William Humphrey Cauthen and Lucie (Butler) Cauthen on June 13,1927 at Johnstonville, GA. Her parents were farmers and people of the land.  She was the youngest of their children.  Sue spent the first 19 years of her life living at home.  She attended the Johnstonville School, which was nearby one room school.  Her memories home life were of loving parents, hard work and the basic doings of life. These included doing anything with her dad; taking some of the corn they grew to be ground in meal for cooking; picnics; helping gardening; playing with her friends and near relatives’ children; riding a bicycle ; and visiting family in the nearby area (even as far away as Macon, Ga over 35 miles!). During her grade school years, she was always amazed that a blind man would come to her school (about once a month) to teach them music (singing). How he traveled by himself by bus and walking to her school made a big impression on her. Sue completed completing the 7th grade (May 28, 1940). In June of that year, her father died and her brother Allen took care of the family. She attended the nearest and available secondary education school which was Gordon Military College in Barnesville Ga.  She completed high school in May, 1944. After graduating and due to her great ability in mathematics, she was encouraged to study accounting or something with which could use her mathematical ability. This did not happen due to the times and the family’s economics. As she could, she worked as a clerk for Elijah Wisebram in Barnesville. Mr. Wisebraum so thoroughly trusted Sue that he would give her the daily proceeds to take to the bank. After WWII began, brother Allen was drafted and served in active combat in the Pacific and he would send most of his pay to help care for the family.  She cared for her mother at home until her mother’s passing in December, 1946.  Sue and Allen had a married sister Carolyn living in Arizona. Carolyn encouraged them to come to Arizona (to see if they would like it) and so they could all be together.

Thus, Sue began a new part of her life. After a long and train ride from Barnesville, GA, she and Allen arrived in later December 1946 in Globe, Arizona.  She and Allen stayed for a time and decided it was important for three of them to be together. Thus, Sue and Allen left Globe, returned to Georgia and spent time in the disposition of the family farm, bring back family treasures to Globe and begin a new life in the West. After she returned to Globe, she worked at retail sales and after a time she was introduced to a friend of her sister’s: Joe Clark. They dated during this time. She was accepted to begin nursing training at St. Josephs’ Hospital in Phoenix. When possible, Joe would come to Phoenix to see Sue. During her training and because of her diligence and careful manner, she was put in charge of the dispensing of medicines. Her head nurse told her Sue was the only person with whom she trusted.  Sue and Joe continued to see each other, but there became a time that Joe did not like the situation and asked Sue to marry him. She quit the training program. They were married in Phoenix on February 21, 1948. They honeymooned for a time and then returned to Globe to make a home. She had two children at home:  Alena Marie born February 28, 1949 and James Wesley born May 26, 1951.

Sue and Joe were both very hard-working parents and diligent and loving.  They sought to care for the well-being of the family with great vigor. Sue stayed at home caring for Alena and Jim, until both could be in school. One of Sue fondest memories was that she would take her children to town by walking about a mile. After the children started school, she started working at Zenovich’s grocery part-time. This continued for a while until she worked almost full time. In the late 1960’s, Zenovich’s sold and she went to work for Safeway, then Daou’s market. Her final job was working for the Globe school cafeterias a cook in 1974 until her retirement in 1992.

Sue’s homemaking skills were seen in her great cooking, i.e. yeast bread, cinnamon rolls, pinto beans, stew, soups, many other recipes for which she became known. Sue and Joe worked hard in raising their family. Both instilled hard work into their children’s lives to allow them to make life a success.  Both of the parents did not fail to make teachers conferences, school events, especially related to band events (football, basketball and concerts). Their dream was for both Alena and Jim to attend college and graduate. This was done through encourage saving and working to have the money to save.

The family went on many outings like picnicking, camping, fishing and hunting, wood and rock gathering.

A great event in her and Joe’s life was the building of a new home on Patricia Drive in Globe. This was in 1961. It opened a new life of home ownership for them. They gardened and grew many fruit trees.  They shared their abundance with friends and neighbors. They canned fruits and vegetables for the family.

After the children graduated from high school, moved on to college and graduated, and started using their education, Sue and Joe felt very satisfied that their dreams were being completed.

During her life, she traveled with her husband and son throughout the western US, Canada, Hawaii and numerous trips to Georgia to visit friends and relatives. She enjoyed the travel but also enjoyed returning home.

After her retirement in 1992, she volunteered for several years at the Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce. She met people with great joy and encourages all to discover the wonderful community she had made hers for so long. In her later years, she enjoyed her friends in the local Homemakers club, and volunteering with the Gila county Fair, gardening, walking and all family events (birthdays, etc.). She loved to read books and would try just about any decent book and she shared books she thought worthy with family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband Joe, her parents (William and Lucie “Lucille” Cauthen), an infant brother (James), Hugh (age 10) older sister Carolyn, and brother Allen.

Sue is survived by her daughter Alena (Peter), son Jim (Linda), and grandson Jarrod (Nina) Davenport, granddaughter Jolene (Lenny) Doerfler, and granddaughter Nicole (Ben), great grandson Joseph and Gideon, niece Georgia (Dennis) Wyatt, her great nephew Greg (Wendy), family in California, and many great nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service at her home and interment will be held at Mountain Breeze also private.

The family would like to thank Thema Hospice (Deena, Cheryl and Brandi) and Haven of Globe.

The family is suggesting donations be made to: Crossing Hospice Care Foundation/Thema, 375 S. Sutherland St, Globe, AZ 85501 (designate to be used in Globe/Miami area); Boys Town 14100 Crawford Street, Boys Town, NE 68010 or ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Assisting the family; Lamont Mortuary of Globe.


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