A memorial service for Adah V. Clark, a bookkeeper and housekeeper, will be held later this spring, with burial in a cemetery near her birthplace in Middleport.
Mrs. Clark, of the Town of Tonawanda, died Dec. 16 in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, after a brief illness. She was 97.
The former Adah Pickett graduated from Middleport High School and studied bookkeeping at Bryant & Stratton Business Institute.
As a child, Mrs. Clark delivered milk and ice before school in a horse-drawn wagon for a dairy business operated by her family. In 1918, she flew in a biplane, which used a field at her home as a landing strip.
In 1930, she married Arthur Clark. They lived in Buffalo.
She worked as a housekeeper and baby sitter for Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates, a nationally famous tap dancer, and got to meet other performing legends, including Nat King Cole, Jimmy Dorsey and Sarah Vaughan.
Mrs. Clark also worked as a bookkeeper for Hoelscher's Meats for 30 years, retiring at age 76.
She also served as an election volunteer for many years.
Her husband died in 1971.
Survivors include a son, Arthur of Buffalo; a daughter, Audrey of Williamsville; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.