7651 S. Jeffery Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60649


Fax: 773.721.9106

Mrs. Ivory Louise Latham

Born Into Time: April 16, 1925
Born Into Eternity: April 18, 2017

Ivory Louise Latham departed this life for greener pastures on April 18th, 2017 at Autumnwood of Livonia Nursing Home. She willingly surrendered her soul to the Lord after multiple health challenges.

Ivory was born on April 16th, 1925, the 5th daughter of the late Buck and Belle Clark of Brinkley, Arkansas. She is the last of six Clark sisters and a brother. At an early age, she joined Brown Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Brinkley, Arkansas.

Ivory graduated from Fargo Agricultural High School in Fargo, Arkansas then proceeded to A.M. & N. College (now University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) to attain her B.A. and Indiana University for her M.A. She completed her degrees in education and worked as an elementary Physical Education instructor until her retirement from the Board of Education of Gary, Indiana.

Ivory Louise moved to Chicago to be near her older sisters, Florida Lee and Mabel Sawyer who preceded her in death. She will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband, Steve Latham who passed in 1996. They were married for twenty-three years.

In Chicago, she was committed to family, friends and her church community. Ivory was active in several clubs, namely Bridge and more Bridge. She was a longstanding and participating member of Southlawn United Methodist Church serving with the Usher Board and Youth Ministries since joining in 1969. In 2009, she moved to Detroit, Michigan prompted by her declining health and desire to be near her youngest sister, Hiawatha Knight (deceased), her niece, Allison Knight and nephew, Henry Lomax who all cared and comforted her until her death. Ivory’s competitive spirit earned her athletic scholarships in both basketball and track and field to A.M. & N College. Her passion for competition was demonstrated with her love of all professional & collegiate sports including basketball, football, and baseball and of course, bridge or any other card game.

Aunt Louise or “Lou” leaves to cherish her memory: Her niece, Allison Knight of Detroit, Michigan; four nephews, Carl (Evangeline) Clark of San Diego, California, Henry (Clara) Lomax of Flint, Michigan, Floyd (Maria) Lomax of Las Vegas, Nevada and Craig (Mary) Knight of Cincinnati, Ohio; and a host of great & great-great nieces &nephews, cousins and friends.

Public Viewing:

Monday, April 24, 2017
12:00PM - 5:00PM
Cage Memorial Chapel
7651 S. Jeffery Blvd
Chicago, IL 60649

Service Information:

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Visitation / Family Hour:
10:00 AM
Service Time:
11:00 AM
Southlawn United Methodist Church
8605 S. Cregeir Ave
Chicago, IL 60617


Oak Woods Cemetery
1035 East 67th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

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