In Loving

Erin Theresa O’Neill Clarke

March 3, 1938 – March 19, 2024

Erin O’Neill Clarke, who came to be known as “Oma” by her family, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at the age of 86.

Erin was preceded in death by her parents, Grace and Paul O’Neill; husband Rex Clarke; son Grant Clarke; and sisters Polly Wriston and Sandy Nickerson.

Erin was born in Wheeling, WV making her a spirited lifelong Mountaineer fan. She attended St. Joseph’s Academy in Wheeling, WV, and cherished her lifelong friendships from her childhood. She graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in education and began her teaching career in Woodbridge, VA. In Woodbridge, she was reintroduced to her husband of 57 years, Rex, who was fulfilling his Marine Corps Officers Training commitment in Quantico, VA. Erin taught at various schools before ending her teaching career in Richmond at Stony Point School.

Erin enjoyed an adventurous life. She was a wife, mother of four boys Doug Clarke (Alison), Grant Clarke (Kathy), Jim Clarke, Allen Clarke (Katie); and grandmother to six grandsons Sean, Jamison, Sammy, Davis, Grady, Dylan, and a little granddaughter Lillian.  She enjoyed years of traveling associated with her husband’s long career at Dupont. She bravely moved her four boys to Northern Ireland at the height of the country’s political ‘Troubles’, followed by an assignment in the Netherlands. Erin embraced those opportunities for world travel.

Rex’s final Dupont assignment was in Waynesboro, VA, where they moved in 1994. He and Erin enjoyed easy living in the Shenandoah Valley, often reflecting on their eventful days by enjoying a cocktail and poolside sunsets. She enjoyed the beach, mountains, brewery trips, watching sports (particularly the Mountaineers), playing golf, and was an avid reader. During her many years in Waynesboro, she remained active in her book and bridge clubs, charity work, and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. What Erin loved most was family time. She loved an all-day Mountaineer Tailgate, annual family Thanksgivings in Waynesboro, summer weekends in Moorefield, WV, and annual family Holden Beach vacations.

Everyone who knew Erin loved her and was drawn to her infectious, fun-loving spirit. She did not complain about life’s challenges that arose and served as a role model for keeping a family connected. If you knew this little Irish lady, You Were Lucky Enough.

A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Sheltering Arms Foundation Club Rec Fund at or checks can be mailed to PO Box 91758 Richmond, VA 23291-1758.