Wednesday, October 30th, 1946 - Saturday, June 6th, 2020
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CLARKE, Martha Ann Patton was born on October 30, 1946 in Bardstown, Kentucky and passed away on June 6, 2020, in Dayton, Ohio. She attended high school in Frankfort, Kentucky at Good Shepherd Catholic School. She then earned her undergraduate degree, with honors, from Kentucky State University. While attending Kentucky State University, she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Later, she moved to Dayton, Ohio where she would begin her career as an educator, primarily focused on teaching English and language arts at the junior high school level. To further enhance her skill set as a teacher, she returned to school during the 1970's and earned a Masters in Education at Wright State University. She married Alexander L. Nealy (1940-2019), and they had a son, Darren L. Nealy. Many years later, she was rewed, marrying Maceo Clarke (1932-2009). For many years, Martha attended and worshiped at Assumption Parish in Dayton, where she served as a lector. She later became a parishioner at Our Lady of Grace Parish in Dayton. She is survived by one son, Darren Nealy (Erin); two brothers, James Patton (Lynda) and Lee Patton (Lorenzo); two granddaughters, Alaina and Adele Nealy; her loving partner, Hughes "Sonny" Miller; niece Asha Smith (Damaneon); nephew Ade Patton (Jessica); and a host of additional family members and loving friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, James H. Patton, Jr., and Edna M. (Cross) Patton. Memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm, SATURDAY, June 20, 2020 at Thomas Funeral Home, 4520 Salem Ave.,Trotwood, Ohio 45416. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
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    Saturday, June 20th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, June 20th, 2020 1:00pm
    Thomas Funeral Home
    4520 Salem Ave
    Trotwood, Ohio 45416
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Andrea Snow Wilkinson

Posted at 11:33pm
You have my deepest condolences.  My heart is heavy as I have learned of Mrs. Nealy'-Clarke's passing.  She was my English teacher at Fairview and she by far is my favorite. She always was and will always be my favorite teacher.  I'm really saddened that I didn't get a chance to tell her how she changed my life.  She encouraged me and inspired me to write.  I never wrote anything before her class; she challenged me to write and to enter a writing contest in which I won second place.  It was about a martian that was actually disguised as a tomato in a garden.  You see, I was a shy child....timid, but she helped me learn and feel confident in expressing myself.  She gave me the permission and confidence to tap into my creative side.  I loved her for that!  I remember when she used to play her records in class and had us (her students) pick out nouns, verbs, adverbs, pronouns, etc.  Her teaching was unique, memorable and effective.  I love her for believing in me when I didn't believe in myself.  She saw something in me before I did.  
I love you Mrs. Nealy-Clarke.  Rest on.  

Andrea Snow-Wilkinson

Barb Sharits Hennessey

Posted at 05:48pm
I was fortunate to work with Martha in the DPS system. We taught together at several schools. She was one of the most gifted teachers I have ever
Known. She was a wonderful woman and I am blessed to have known her. My husband was on parish councils with her and he shares my feeling of joy to have known her. She was amazing. We are so sorry for your loss.

Mike and Barbara Hennessey.

Pat (Walters) Matthews

Posted at 11:43am
I had the privilege of working with Martha at Fairview Elem. School in the 1970's. A dedicated teacher who had high standards for her students. A brilliant woman who challenged her students to achieve more and value education. Martha was "tough as nails" on the outside, but had so much love and compassion for the students - and they knew it! The birth of her son brought great joy to her life - and we adored him! Knowing Martha enriched my life and I carry great memories in my heart of time spent with her.


Posted at 09:42am
Darren and family, our heartfelt prayers go out to you on the passing of your mother, Martha. What a beautiful spirit she had. I remember most fondly working on Vacation Bible School with her at Assumption Church. As a lector, she was able to convey the message of the scripture with clear understanding. We all loved it when she was the lector. Beautiful in her demeanor as well as her style, she will always be remembered. May God Bless You and Heaven Smile on you and the family and give you Peace.
Sincerely, Marco and Leona Marmolejo

Camille J. Cooper

Posted at 08:57am
I am heartbroken to hear of Martha's passing, but know she is now relieved of pain and suffering. Martha was a beautiful spirit who touched many lives as an outstanding educator. She truely lived a life of giving of herself. Work hard but play hard and enjoy the gift of life was Martha. On the lighter side, I wish had been more successful at getting her use technology.
I count our friendship as a blessing.

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