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Obituary: Cloke, Ora Edith

Sun., April 29, 2012

Age 94

Ora Edith

Passed away at her residence April 20, 2012.

She was born March 24, 1918 in Gleichen, Alberta, Canada to George E. and Susan E. Stern.

The Stern family moved to Ellisforde, Washington in the Okanogan Valley where her father was an orchardist and also a lay-minister of the Church of the Brethren.

After high school, she graduated from Kinman Business College.

While residing in Wenatchee, she met her future husband, Lorance W. Cloke.

They were married February, 1939 in Everett, Washington.

Sally and Larry worked in the ship yards of Everett during WWII while raising their first two children in the family.

They eventually moved to Wenatchee, where they were managers of the old Appleatchee Riding Club.

In 1961, the Clokes moved to Pasadena Park in the Spokane Valley.

Sally worked as a trust officer for Old National Bank in Spokane until her retirement.

Sally was an active outdoors person.

She was an avid horsewoman competing in many shows and gymkhanas around Washington as well as riding the hills just for pleasure.

Mrs. Cloke was an original member of Wenatchee’s Appleatchee All-Girl Drill Team and the former Mixed Drill Team which won the 1954 Washington State Horseman championship for mounted drill teams.

Sally’s legacy as a horse lover and strong competitor continues on to a 4th generation with daughter, Sharon, grand-daughters, and great-grandchildren riding in local and state competitions.

Sally also enjoyed gardening and snowmobiling.

Her love made her the cornerstone of the family.

For all of her friends and relations, the door was always open at the Cloke house.

Mrs. Cloke is survived by her daughters, Sharon Parnell in Deer Park, and Judy Yeo in Ouray, Colorado; and a son, Michael D. Cloke in Clarkston; grandchildren Robert Cloke, Pamela Campbell, Jerra Cloke, Michael L. Cloke, Paige Cloke, Jessie McLaughlin, Melissa Stockman, Heather Wagner, William J. Yeo, Chad Cloke, Terra Parsons, Hunter Cloke, Benjamine Cloke and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lorance W. Cloke and her son, Lorance Gerald “Jerry” Cloke.

A Memorial service will be held May 4th, at 2PM at Orchard Crest Retirement Home, S. 222 Evergreen, Spokane Valley, WA.

A family graveside service will be at Mountain View Brethren Cemetery, Ellisforde, WA.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.


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