Jean Weston Lark
DAWSON - Mrs. Jean Weston Lark, 76, of Dawson, Georgia, died August 28, 2013 at her home in the Graves Community where she and her husband moved as newlyweds in 1960. Her memorial service will be held on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Dawson United Methodist Church. Reverend Eddie Braswell will officiate.
Mrs. Lark was born August 10, 1937 in Clay County, Georgia to the late Sheriff Albert Chester Weston and Avis Spooner Weston. She graduated from Clay County High School and after attending North Georgia College in Dahlonega and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics from Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, Georgia. She obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work from Atlanta University.
She began her career in social work with the Dougherty County Department of Family and Children’s Services. In November of 1959, she married William “Billy” Hodnett Lark, Jr. of Dawson. She helped her husband and his family in their mercantile business, Lark’s Department Store, throughout her married life. Mrs. Lark worked as Home Economist for the Terrell County Extension Service and as a Home Economics teacher at Terrell County High School. She returned to work in the social work field at Terrell County DFCS where she retired as County Director with 34 years of service. During her years with Terrell County DFCS, she received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Atlanta University. After retirement she worked for DFCS as a state consultant in the area of planning and was a member of the Georgia State Retirees Association.
Mrs. Lark was instrumental in the opening of T & L Service Center and establishing Terrell County Family Connection. She served on the State Family Connection Financial Board and was a member of the Terrell Co. Family Connection Board as well as a member of the Georgia County Welfare Association. She served on the Council on Aging Board, American Cancer Society Board, and Main Street Theater Board.
Mrs. Lark was a member of Dawson United Methodist Church. She taught Sunday School thirty plus years and served on the Administrative Board chairing a number of different committees. She was volunteer counselor for the Dawson United Methodist Youth for over fourteen years.
As a Master Gardener, Mrs. Lark spent many hours in her yard enjoying the birds, flowers, and butterflies. She volunteered with afterschool programs to teach young children to love and to make plants grow. She was also a member of two bridge clubs and enjoyed opening her home to friends.
Survivors include a daughter, Mavis Lark Moore (Tom Jennings); one sister, Aldene Weston Lee and her husband Eddie; two nephews, Chester Robert Lee and Weston Cecil Lee; and two special family members, Jakyn Jennings Tyson (Chris) and Alison Jennings. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Lark; her son-in-law, Wayne Moore; her maternal grandparents, Rufus Franklin Spooner and Mary Ellen Thomas Spooner of Donalsonville, Georgia; and her paternal grandparents, James Crawford Weston, Dovie Belisle Weston Goodman, and Sam Goodman of Fort Gaines and Bluffton, Georgia; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, William “Will” Hodnett Lark, Sr. and Mary Bartlett Lark of Dawson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Albany Area Community Hospice, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, GA 31707; the Methodist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 2525, Macon, GA 31203; or the Dawson United Methodist Church Youth, P.O. Box 167, Dawson, GA 39842. Those wishing to sign the online registry may do so at www.harveyfuneralhome.com.
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