Beloved friends, as many of you are already aware, Paulette died peacefully at her Bethany, CT home on Tuesday, September 5. Family and friends from around the globe will gather today and tomorrow (September 15 and 16, 2017) to celebrate her beautiful life. Through her music, her faith, her generous spirit, and her ministry of teaching and preaching, she inspired us. Paulette's earthly journey might be over, but her spiritual journey will never end. She is still on the journey. Thanks be to God! Please read Paulette's obituary below.
On September 5, 2017, Paulette passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family. September 20, 1967, Alicia Paulette Thompson-Clinton was the first of two children born to the Rev. Dr. Paul F. and Sybrnee J. Thompson in Providence, Rhode Island. After growing up in Syracuse and Buffalo, New York she received her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 1989 where she studied music and French. In 1998 she received a master of Education degree from the University of Buffalo, and in 2006 received a Master of Divinity degree summa cum laude from Drew Theological School in Madison, New Jersey. As a cellist, she was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and she worked for the Chicago Symphony's music enrichment programs in the local schools. Later, as a chorister, she would sing with the Marble Gospel Choir in New York, and the Heritage Chorale in New Haven. As an educator, Paulette held teaching positions at Buffalo State College, the University of Buffalo's English Language Institute, and Niagara University and later worked in Benin, West Africa training teachers for three years, establishing lifelong bonds. As a minister, Paulette had appointments at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City and at Community Baptist Church in New Haven. In the last four years, she was an active guest preacher in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey, while also founding her own ministry "The Spirituality of Living Well" and her own internet blog "Still on the Journey." She leaves behind to cherish her memory her beloved husband Marc R. Clinton, her son, Amari Clinton, her mother, Sybrnee, her brother, Derrick Thompson and a host of cherished family and friends across the globe. Her spirit remains with us always.
Two services: Friday, September 15, 2017: 5:30-8:30 pm. "Tribute Service" of personal remembrances and song at Community Baptist Church (CBC), 143 Shelton Avenue, New Haven. Saturday, September 16, 2017: 11 am-1 pm. "Homegoing and Celebration of Life Service" at Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green in New Haven (corner of Chapel and Temple streets) For more info: Call (203) 562-7060 (CBC) (203) 624-3101 (Trinity). In lieu of flowers please visit gofundme.com/marc-amari