Bench honors longtime Mead Park secretary

Journal photo by Stephen Sears The late Naomi Clark loved Memory Lane in Mead Park. A memorial bench in her honor now sits at the entrance to Memory Lane.

Stephen Sears

The late Naomi Clark devoted countless hours to her pride and joy — Corry’s Mead Park.

“I don’t think there’s anyone that thought more about the park than she did,” said Bill Sibble, manager of the 48-acre city-owned tract of land on Mead Avenue. “She ate and slept Mead Park.”

Clark was secretary of the Mead Park Association for more than 30 years, and with her husband, Tom, often planted flowers to beautify the park.

She died in January 2010 at the age of 73.

Thanks to generous donations, however, the Mead Park Association has purchased a sturdy park bench to honor the longtime park supporter. The bench’s backboards feature the words: “We Honor Naomi Clark. Friend of Mead Park.”

Earlier this year, the association placed the bench in a place that Clark loved — the entrance to Memory Lane. Memory Lane honors 54 Corry-area veterans who gave their lives serving their country, most of them during World War II.

See Wednesday, October 12, 2011 issue of The Journal for complete story.

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