Anita Joyce Clark, 75, of Penn Yan, passed away peacefully at home January 3, 2017.
In keeping with Anita’s wishes, a private service is planned by the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humane Society of Yates County, 1216 State Route 14A, P.O. Box 12, Penn Yan, N.Y. 14527; or the Cancer Center Assistance Program at Clifton Springs Hospital, 2 Coulter Road, Clifton Springs, N.Y. 14432 in Memory of Anita Johncox Clark.
Anita was born Oct. 26, 1941 in Montour Falls, the daughter of Francis and Vern Johncox. She was born into a large family of seven sisters and three brothers, and spent most of her childhood on the family farm on Long Point Road near Seneca Lake. Anita was a self-driven, hard worker her entire life. She was the owner and operator of several local businesses to include Terry’s restaurant, The Donut Hole, The Pizza Den, and Swenson’s Big Dipper. Her talents in food service secured her positions as Head of the Penn Yan Academy cafeteria and also Head of the cafeteria at Zotos. In her later years, Anita moved to Naples, where she worked as a waitress at Bob and Ruth’s restaurant and also the Naples Bistro. After the loss of her husband, Robert Clark of Naples, she moved back to Penn Yan. There she took a position as Head cook of the Senior Camp program for the Salvation Army’s Camp Long Point on Seneca Lake. Anita found great pleasure in decorating her homes inside and out. With beautiful flower gardens outside and her special touch of love inside, she always turned a house into a home. Anita shared her love of the outdoors with her four grandchildren and her miniature schnauzers Duchess, Marci, and Zoey. Long walks on the Outlet Trail and exploring Grimes Glen were only a couple of their favorite places. Anita loved to travel, and managed to take several trips to include Germany, Spain, France, Switzerland, Israel, Alaska, Hawaii, Nova Scotia, as well as visiting many of the states in the USA. Her love of life showed everyday in her high-energy lifestyle that was cut way too short when she lost her hardest battle with cancer. An extraordinary woman who touched the lives of so many and filled every moment of every day with all she could give.
Anita is survived by her daughters, Lori (Bill) Jensen, Lisa (Mike) Palmisano; her four grandchildren, Zachary Carroll, Lindsey Jensen, Angela (Ethan) Sutherland, and Malissa Carroll; her sisters Audrey Smith, Dorothy Pool, Johanna (Raymond) Spencer, Jackie (Burton) Ellis, Mary (Silas) Travis, and Caroline (John) Gilliam; and her companion friend and significant other, Bruce Stanley.