SALISBURY, Mass. – Joanne L. (Roberts) Clarke, 73, of Salisbury, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007, at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and her daughter and grandson were by her side. She was born in Haverhill, Mass., in 1934, daughter of the late David and Arlene (Thibodeau) Metzgar. Joanne was a graduate of Haverhill High School, Class of 1951 and as a young women, her passion was roller-skating, her friends and the beach. For those friends that are still around from the good old days at Salisbury Beach, thank you for sharing some wonderful times and memories! Through-out Joanne’s life, she was always doing things for others and putting others first. She had the biggest heart and always wore her heart on her sleeve. If you ever needed something, anything, she was there or gave it to you. Joanne’s heart was at the beach and you could never get her to leave. She was the most caring, loving and simplest person you could ever meet, and with a great sense of humor. She worked hard raising a family on her own and was a wonderful mother and grandmother, whose love and dedication to her family was endless. While her daughter was growing up, she was active in Girl Scouts and known as the “”Cookie Lady,”” because during annual cookie sales, she could sell and the house was wall to wall with boxes of cookies. She was a bartender well over 30 years at the many clubs in Salisbury, Edward’s, Shaffee’s, Tic-Toc, Kon-Tiki, Clover Club and American Legion, to name a few. During the holidays, she would get out her old Westinghouse oven and spend hours cooking meals for those that showed up at the club that had no family or did not want to be alone for the holidays, and offered a good hot meal and conversation. After bartending for many years, she started working for the Town of Salisbury in 1985 as a police dispatcher, building department clerk, board of registrars, election worker, parking clerk, assistant town clerk and retired from the Town of Salisbury in 2005. For those that knew Joanne, she was old school, she still enjoyed using the manual typewriter. Joanne adored her grandson and he adored her, and the love and bond they had was priceless. Her son, John, they were always there for each other. Also she loved to spend time with her son-in-law watching Boston Red Sox games, as they were both avid fans, and their monthly Saturday night take-out of Chinese food and a good movie. Her daughter, there was nothing she would not do for her mom and Joanne was always there for her. She is survived by and will be dearly missed by her daughter, Janet (Clarke) Bazile-Bajkowski and her husband, Gary Bajkowski, of Dedham; her son, John Clarke of Salisbury Beach, Mass.; her grandson, Eugene J. Bazile II of Ded-ham, who she cherished dear-ly; her beloved sister, Marilyn (Roberts) Burt of California; and her many dear friends. Mom, “”Grams,”” you were our world, our best friend and num-ber one mom and grandmother in this whole world. Life without you is empty and the void we feel is endless. We love you and miss you so much, and may you rest in peace with your mom; and dad, Dave; and dear friends, Dick, Aggie, Chickie, Sally and Marie. No words can express how much we love and miss you – love Janet, John and EJ “”Freddy!”” Friends are invited to attend a local gathering in Joanne’s memory 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Marie’s Restaurant, 85 Beach Road, Salisbury, Mass. A graveside service of burial will be held at a later date at Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor. Memorial contributions may be made to Santa’s Helpers, care of Salisbury Elementary School, Lafayette Road, Salisbury, MA 01952. Condolences to her family may be sent to 47 Balsam Road, Ded-ham, ME 04429. Paul C. Rogers & Sons Family Funeral Homes, 2 Hillside Ave., Amesbury, Mass.”