Clare Darcy

KENNEBEC COUNTY – Clare Darcy entered this world at home on April 16, 1951 in Seattle, Wash.; delivered by her mother Victoria Blanche (Letson) Thuline and her father, Dr. Horace C. Thuline, then a medical student. Clare was the fifth of nine children.

The Thulines moved to Lakewood, Wash. when Clare was five, where the children were raised in the Christian Faith. Clare was a talented solo pianist and enjoyed singing in the church choir. She was educated in the Lakes School District. Clare’s artistic talents were evident at an early age and cherished for their realism and wit. She designed and constructed elaborate sets and decorations for school concerts. After graduating high school in 1969, she attended Seattle Pacific College.

With her parents’ blessing, Clare married, left Washington, and moved to Maine in 1971. She worked for the Maine Parks Service, Western Maine Community Action, Youth and Family Services Inc., and for Inland Hospital’s Wellness Program as a talented Spiritualist Energy Healer.

Clare loved to laugh, but not at the expense of others. She loved dancing, playing mini-golf, and watching comedic films. Clare cherished the tranquility of the ocean, floating in lakes, and camping in the forest.

Clare loved to experiment in all creative mediums. She made beautiful toys and board games. Her chocolates were divine. Her skincare concoction kept her age undefinable. She was a poet and seamstress. Clare’s art ranged from realistic pen and ink, through oils and pastels, to colorful abstracts. She was a talented sculptor, working in wire, wood, clay, and steel. Clare’s genius as a pianist and composer was not widely known, having been a content introvert. She created dozens of unique pieces for those she loved and played them in intimate settings. Clare was a bright light, happy to shine in her own space.

Clare succeeded in the goals that she set for herself, spending her later years as an open-minded spiritualist on a long journey of self-healing. In her last weeks, she was content in her departure and grateful to say her goodbyes. Clare’s time as a beautiful earthly being was completed during a summer storm July 16, 2021. A recurrence of breast cancer limited her life to 70 years.

Clare is survived by her three children, Jerrod Pratt, Julie Bartlett (Nathan), Gabrielle Pillsbury; grandchildren, Grace and Joshua Pratt and Abigail and Elias Bartlett; her siblings, Lynn (Ron), Wade (Sheryl), Keith (Sheila), Faye, and Bren (Christine); sister-in-law, Marcia; and stepmother Janice Thuline; numerous delightful nieces, nephews, cousins, and aunts; longtime friends, Doug Davis, Carol Chase, Wanda Bovine, Dolly Moody, Pamela Chase, and Bertie Robbins.

Clare was predeceased by her parents, Blanche and Horace; her siblings, Carole Joye (Gail), Dale, Mark, and by her friend Jonathan.

The family will have private ceremonies in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and of Western Maine.

In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting the hospice team who expertly enabled Clare to remain comfortably in her home:

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