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Date published: 11/24/2013

Suzanne Clarke

Suzanne Carroll Hill Clarke, 97, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Green Brook, N.J., at the home of her daughter Cornelia Tucker, where she was lovingly cared for over the past eight years.

Family and friends attended a funeral Mass, followed by a joyous celebration of her life.

She was the daughter of General John Philip Hill, U.S. congressman from Maryland, and Suzanne Howell Carroll; her stepfather was Hiram Bingham, senator and governor from Connecticut; and she was a direct descendant of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence from Maryland. She attended the Holton-Arms School, and made her debut at the Monday German in Baltimore and was presented in Washington and at the Court of St. James in London. In 1936, she married Phillips Huntington Clarke, a real estate developer, and resided for many years at their home, "Woodlawn," in King George County. He preceded her in death in 1979.

She was a member of the Colonial Dames of America and the Virginia Garden Club and an honorary member of the King & Queen Rod and Gun Club in Stevensville, which her husband founded.

She is survived by her sister, Catherine Hill Stewart of Rhode Island; and her children, Suzanne Clarke of Aspen, Colo., Cornelia Clarke Tucker of Green Brook, N.J., Phillips Huntington Clarke III and John Philip Hill Clarke, both of New York City, and Catherine Clarke Fox of Herndon. She was also much beloved by her children's spouses; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.