|Petronilla Clark Archer and Vondalyn Clark's graves next to their parents and grandparents at the|
The story of the Clark sisters is one that leaves a great impression on all caretakers of the Pinehurst and San Sebastian Cemeteries.
The West Augustine Improvement Association helped out at the Pinehurst and San Sebastian Cemeteries long before they took ownership as they joined other community organizations in trying to maintain them, a monumental task for any one organization.
When the weeds were chest high, WAIA president Willie Cooper, Sr. remembers how there was a path from the entrance through the weeds over to the gravesites of their parents.
The sisters put a small white fence around the gravesites and kept them clean for years until they suddenly stopped. None of the WAIA volunteers knew what had happened at that point other than that the sisters had stopped coming.
After Mr. Cooper cleared the cemeteries before the first Pinehurst and San Sebastian Restoration Day in the fall of 2021, it was discovered that the two sisters were buried side by side next to their parents' and grandparents' graves.
Obituaries from the St. Augustine Record for Pearl and Theodore's daughters Petronilla Clark Archer and Vondalyn Clark show that the sisters passed away in 2011 just four months apart at the ages of 82 and 77.
Read more about the Clark Sisters at the Pinehurst and San Sebastian Cemeteries in this feature piece from 2021.
The graves of the Clark sisters's grandparents are only identified by a scratched in name on their graves.
If you would like to help us get granite gravestones for graves like these, so they can be identified for years to come, please consider donating to the Pinehurst and San Sebastian Cemeteries GoFundMe or the Sponsor-a-Grave campaign.