Artilla P. Clarkson

07/23/1909 — 10/28/2007

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Hermann, Missouri

Artilla P. Clarkson

Artilla Pearl Clarkson, born July 23, 1909 to William Simon and Martha Adelheid Eberlin Huxol of Hermann, MO, died October 28, 2007, at the Eagle Assisted Living Facility in Richland, WA.

She and her husband, Lee Clarkson, joined the educational staff of the Richland, WA school district August 1945; he as principal of Lewis and Clark Elementary and she as a teacher at Jefferson Elementary.

When Artilla was ten years old, the family moved to Kansas where she graduated from high school in 1927 as class valedictorian. She was awarded a scholarship to Fort Hays State College where, after two years, she obtained a life teaching certificate and taught ten years in Kansas before enrolling at the University of Northern Colorado Greeley where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree.

Artilla and Lee loved to travel extensively. After retirement, their adventures took them to five continents, all 50 U.S. States, and every province in Canada. Artilla's hobbies, besides traveling, included flower gardening, genealogy, golfing, and baking. She had been a member of Southside United Protestant Church in Richland since 1947 where she enjoyed helping with youth activities including the Vacation Bible Program and baking for special church functions.

Artilla had been a charter member of the American Association of University Women, Richland branch, and also a charter member of Alpha Epsilon chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, honorary society for women teachers.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Lee William Clarkson in 1979, her brothers Virgil W. Huxol and Harvey W. Huxol, and her stepson Bill L. Clarkson. She is survived by her stepdaughter Shirley Blackburn of Holcomb, KS, nephew Harvey Walker Huxol of Springfield, MO, and nieces Jean Ann Nichols of Springfield, MO, Carol Kay Blahnik of Richland, WA, and Marvee Ann Mink of Littleton, CO. Also surviving her are grand nieces and nephews, great grand nieces, a great grand nephew, several step grandchildren, step great grandchildren, and her dear friend, Louise Fellows.

Artilla will be remembered with love by all who knew her. Special thanks to Dr. Ryan, Dr. Seda, Dr. Khawandi, and all the staff at Eagle Assisted Living for the love and care they gave to our Aunt Artilla. We love you dearly, Aunt Artilla, and we miss you.

At Artilla's request, graveside services only will be held Friday, November 2, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Jim Amend of Southside United Protestant Church officiating. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Richland, WA.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to the youth fund, Southside United Protestant Church, 517 Jadwin Ave., Richland, W A, 99352.

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  • Always was there for my Grandma. They were best of friends. She would always be with a pan of lemon squares for me, choc. chip cookies for Butch, displayed every picture of the girls so proudly. Just a wonderful lady. We were a very lucky family to be able to get to know Artilla on a more personal level. God Bless her.

    William, Mary, Michelle & Mandy Machinal
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Mrs Clarkson was my second grade teacher at Jefferson grade school. She was a wonderful teacher. She always looked so pretty with beautiful hair and clothes but most of all I remember her wonderful, friendly smile as she encouraged us in our studies. She made the world a better place.

    Nadine Reynolds Cochran
    November 4, 2014
    Sahuarita, AZ, US
  • Mrs Clarkson was my second grade teacher at Jefferson School. I remember her as patient and gentle with the chatty, distracted little girl I was…and years later in my own classroom I employed some of the methods she used with me on my students! She was a wonderful teacher and a true inspiration.

    Kandie Holmberg

    Kandice Grubb Holmberg
    November 4, 2014
    US
  • Mrs. Clarkson was our landloard when we lived in the “B” house on Hunt Street. She was a wonderful and friendly woman, and I remember her like it was yesterday..We lived there in 1959 to l962

    God Bless you Mrs. Clarkson…

    Jeanie Walsh
    November 4, 2014
    Simi, Valley, CA, US
  • Mrs. Clarkson was my second grade teacher at Jefferson. I remember her kindness and how she encouraged every one of her students. Mrs. Clarkston was one of the teachers who inspired me to enter the teaching profession. I love my work and have been teaching for almost forty years. She was a wonderful role model for all of us.

    Kathy Childs
    November 4, 2014
    Los, Altos, CA, US
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