Clarke, Luanne Estelle

Luanne "Lu" E. Clarke

September 21, 1963 - January 7, 2021

Luanne “Lu” Estelle Clarke of McKinney, Texas was an accomplished writer, copyright editor, advertising/marketing professional, dedicated wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and beloved friend. She passed away on January 7, 2021 after a courageous battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 57. Luanne was born on September 21, 1963, in Goldsboro, North Carolina to Allan L. and Barbara Ashton (Behn) Young. She was raised in Derby, Kansas and later moved to Dallas, Texas in the 1980s. After graduating from Derby High School, Luanne earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. She was a devoted mother of two, worked as an advertising executive in Dallas and Irving for many years, and later in life began a career in medical billing. Luanne married Grant P. Clarke in 1990, and moved to McKinney, Texas where they raised their children. Her family was the center of her world and she devoted much of her life to the caring and support of her husband and children whom she loved so very much. She was a long-time member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in McKinney, Texas. Luanne enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She loved reading, and instilled this love for literature in her children. Her kind and loving spirit was felt by all who knew her.

Luanne was preceded in death by her parents, Allen L. and Barbara A. (Behn) Young, and her loving stepfather, James C. Ashton Jr. and sister, Mary Ruth Young.

She is survived by her husband, Grant Clarke of McKinney, Texas; two children, Hannah Clarke of McKinney, Texas and Christian Clarke and wife, Hailee Bisel Clarke of Anna, Texas; siblings, Margaret Young of Wichita, Kansas, Mark Young of Sunnyvale, California, Elizabeth Arnold and husband, Anthony of McKinney, Texas, Mark Ashton of Salmon Creek, Washington, Greg Ashton and wife, Kim de Macedo of Woodinville, Washington and Kevin Ashton and wife, Brenda of Derby, Kansas; nieces and nephews, Erin Cooper and husband, Jason, Megan Neill and husband Dan, Abrielle Arnold and husband, Kyle Rhinehart, Jacob Arnold, Lydia Arnold, and one grandchild, Harvey Clarke.

Her family has decided to have a memorial service at a later date. Memorials or donations may be made in Luanne’s name to the Community Food Pantry of McKinney, http://www.community-foodpantry.org/ or Meals on Wheels Collin County - https://mealsonwheelscc.org/

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The Lord has called you to rejoice with He and all his angels in heaven where there will be no more suffering and pain. Your faith and strength were an example for us all. Noah & Stella Noah & Stella Moran, January 18, 2021 Oh Luanne, I love you, my friend! I miss your infectious smile and your delight at the small wonders of the world that make life worth living. My heart is heavy with the idea that you no longer walk on this planet. But as we promised each other, our souls are connected forever. We had so much fun - singing and dancing to our favorite 80’s tunes, going on adventures, being roomies on retreat, shelling on the beach, and enjoying delicious food and conversation late into the night. I look forward to our joyous reunion, when we are together again! Grant, Hannah, & Christian, thank you for sharing your wonderful Luanne with me. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. You loved and cared for her well. I am forever grateful! Charmione Marcell, January 18, 2021 Lulu was such a sweet, genuine and loving person. I came to know her through her sister Margi. Through the years when I would see her at family functions she always treated me as if I were part of the family. She will be missed by all. My prayers go out to Lulu’s family & friends. Terri Jackson , January 16, 2021 Dear Grant, Hannah and Christian, I am so sorry to hear about Luanne’s passing! I worked with her at Dr. Lawrence’s for many years! She was always smiling, sweet and so dedicated! It was my pleasure to know her and I followed her progress through Cheryl! I know she will be forever in your hearts and so many others! I will keep you in my prayers! Love, Stephanie Jackson Stephanie Jackson, January 15, 2021 I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Luanne from high school - she was always so sweet to everyone, even those of us who were younger. She made a lasting impression. 
Jean Casagrande, January 15, 2021 To Grant, Christian, Hannah and all of Lu’s family~ I loved this woman more than life itself. She is my “soul sister” and I can’t imagine life without her in it. She was always there. Through school, maid of honor at my wedding and signing our marriage certificate, being one of the first people to visit when I had my children, helping in my children’s weddings, going to Disney with me, shopping, eating...I cherish every moment. You know how sweet her spirit was and only angels on Earth have this. She was one! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest In Peace, sweet Lu. I hope to see you again, one day.
Bobbi Lane, January 14, 2021
Lu was such a bright and shining star and a very much loved friend to our family. She was a best friend to our daughter, Bobbi and that's how we first met. After she moved away she would always come by the house in Derby to say "Hi" and she certainly knew how to brighten everyone's day. We feel empty. Our prayers and love go out to the entire family. Bob and Jan York, January 14, 2021 Grant, Hannah and Christian - Lu and I pursued our Master's degrees in Counseling at TWU together. We met right away and clicked. We became instant friends. We decided to carpool. I lived in Plano so half the time I just parked at your house while she drove, and the other half I picked her up so we could just be together and talk on our drive to and from Denton. Usually we talked about our families - our husbands and our kids. I think I met each of you once or twice. I so liked your mom. She was funny and smart and honest and just a great conversationalist. I remember going through Statistics class with her and we both just laughed at how awful it was. We also would get filmed in our early counseling classes - roleplaying with each other. We hated it and would laugh so much when it was each of our turns. I remember she became ill with rheumatoid arthritis. It was tough for her. When she left school we kept in touch for awhile. I tried to contact her a few times over the last few years, but with no luck. Today I was reading through the paper and happened upon her obituary. I am so shocked and saddened. What a great lady she was. Please know she brought such joy and fun and happiness to a few years in my life. I am so sorry for all of you and your extended families and friends. She will be missed by so many. Including me. Sincerely, Sheri Phillips Sheri Phillips, January 14, 2021 Fly high sweet LuAnne ! Love you-miss you Joyce Paul, January 13, 2021 I met LuAnne thru caregiving while her family fulfilled their daily commitments. The minute I met her, she exuded joy and love. We developed a great friendship that included trips to Firo pizza, shopping, butterfly exhibits, museums, neighborhood walks and trips to the park. LuAnne and I shared lots of laughs about what we were going to do every excursion and how she was best friends with J. Jill! She introduced me to key lime pie, fun clothes, fun movies, but more importantly to an unconditional loving friendship. Through our friendship, I got to meet her dedicated and loving family. LuAnne you are the Best! I love you and look forward to seeing you in Heaven where hopefully we can share another pizza and gelato. You’re my hero!
Joyce Paul, January 12, 2021 Luanne was such a loving caring person. We loved her to death! I sure will miss her. Raeleigh Tanos, January 12, 2021 I know that today it must be hard to see beyond the pain of your loss, but may be good memories of your loving wife comfort you today, tomorrow, and all the days to come. I’m very sorry for your loss. May God bless you and your family and give you the comfort, strength, and wisdom to heal and make it through this challenging time. Robert Ferguson, January 11, 2021