April 4, 1926 – April 7, 2017
Mother Esther G. Clark, of Buffalo, active in the African Methodist Episcopal Church for more than 80 years, died Friday in Sisters Hospital. She was 91.
Born on Easter Sunday in Calhoun Falls, S.C., as a girl the former Esther Greene spent summer vacations in Buffalo with her mother. She graduated from high school in Abbeville, S.C., in 1944, then attended Allen University in Columbia, S.C., and Spelman College in Atlanta. She lived in Cleveland from 1963 to 1976.
Active in the AME Church since she was a child, Mrs. Clark in Buffalo was a member of Agape AME Church, where she was president of the Stewardess Board, assistant Sunday school superintendent, a Prayer Warrior and Missionary president.
In 1988, she was consecrated first deaconess of Agape by the Right Rev. James E. F. Lawrence, presiding bishop of the First District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
She served as president of the church’s Annie W. Hargrave Women’s Missionary Society and was elected worship director for the Western New York Conference of Women’s Missionary Societies. She was an alternate delegate to the Women’s Missionary Society national conference and, for her many years of service, was inducted in 2010 as a life member of the AME Church Women’s Missionary Society.
A beautician, she was co-owner of Doll’s Beauty Shop on Michigan Avenue at Glenwood Avenue. Her love of cooking led to a job in the 1980s as cook for Father Robert Bapst Daycare Center, where she later served as a teacher’s assistant for five years.
She also enjoyed gardening.
Her husband of 36 years, John F., died in 1983.
Survivors include two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Agape AME Church, 224 Northland Ave., with visitation at 10.