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In Loving Memory
Vanessa Clark, a remarkable woman who dedicated her life to hard work and perseverance. She worked tirelessly until her last day, embodying resilience and determination. Her relentless spirit, kindness, and empathy touched the lives of everyone she encountered, making her a beacon of light in any room.
Vanessa Clark was a loving and devoted wife and went above and beyond for her daughter, grandchildren, and great-granddaughter, leaving an enduring legacy of love and selflessness. She will be remembered as more than a hard worker; she was the heart and soul of those fortunate enough to know her. (Isha Golden)
Vanessa was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 6, 1959 to the late Homer and Pocahontas Ghee. She was the third of four siblings, fondly called by her Mom as “Nessa”. Raised in Brooklyn she received her elementary education graduating from P.S. 147 in 1971. It was in the summer of that year, the family moved to Jamesville, North Carolina, where she continued her education graduating from Jamesville High School in 1977, followed by a semester at Martin Community College.
As a child, Vanessa learned from the Bible about God’s Kingdom. Her love for Jehovah and his promise to restore the earth to a paradise, removing sickness and death, moved her to symbolize her dedication as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was baptized on October 15, 1975. She took great pleasure in sharing her beliefs with others regularly in the door to door ministry and occasionally auxiliary pioneering during the memorial season, circuit overseer visits and assembly campaigns throughout her life.
Upon finishing her education in North Carolina, Vanessa moved to Washington, DC where she pursued a career with Aerospace Corporation.
She soon met and married Stephen Golden and from this union of 13 years, the love of her life, Isha was born. Vanessa would take frequent trips to North Carolina to spend time with the family. She enjoyed spending time with Isha and travel with her cousin Denise and her two girls to Kings Dominion and Myrtle Beach for vacation.
Being the industrious person that she was, Vanessa soon started a job with the Federal Government in the Executive office of the White House; and continued to hold positions in various agencies such as, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); and lastly with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA); as a member of the finance team.
Vanessa’s love for family was evident in the way she lived. As a grandmother she was fondly called grandma, nanna and nannie, spending time with them regularly celebrating their accomplishments and achievements.
In 2003, Vanessa was reacquainted with a teenage friend, Mark Clark. Their love blossomed and on November 22, 2004 they were united in marriage. As a family they worshiped together, vacationed and enjoyed numerous outings and family events spending much time with their grand’s and great-grand. You rarely saw them without one of their grandchildren.
In the words of Mark, Vanessa was his Love, his best friend, his whole world, his wife. She was loved by everyone.
During NHTSA’s internal All-Hands meeting held January 23, 2024, her colleague, Jon Gatti, Acting Chief Financial Officer, led a tribute to her, remembering her as being a dedicated member of the finance team, known by her colleagues as the travel guru. She was the one who made sure you got to where you were going, and from where you needed to return, whether it was after hours, on a weekend to keep them out of trouble from a travel perspective. When they heard of her passing, they talked as much about Vanessa as a person as they did about how she helped them with their travel. She was funny, caring, friendly, family oriented, a fighter but willing to compromise. Reserved but warm. Her laughter and amazing sense of humor touched everyone she met. Vanessa will be truly missed by all.
The simplest pleasures in life brought joy to Vanessa, starting her mornings off with her cup of coffee, the morning news and watching tennis. She enjoyed football and basketball as well.
Vanessa leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 19 years, Mark Clark, her daughter, Isha, two granddaughters, Alexis and Te’ona one grandson, Ken and a great-granddaughter, Rae’lynn; three siblings Simonetta Thorne (Bruce), Rickey Ghee (Lorraine) and Larry Ghee; two sister-in-laws, Kim Wiggins (Raphael), Tonya Fonville (Sylvester) and one brother-in-law Caleb Clark; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
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