D. Marie Clark

08/27/1919 — 04/02/2011

From Kennewick, WA, US | Born in Genoa, NE

D. Marie Clark

Marie Ingalls Clark

Marie Clark, 91, of Kennewick, WA died peacefully Saturday April 2, 2011 at her Canyon Lakes Restorative and Rehabilitation Center residence.

Marie was born August 27, 1919 at home near Genoa, Nebraska to John and Nellie McMeekin Ingalls. She was the ninth of eleven children. As an honor student, Marie graduated from Shelby High School in 1937 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics from the University of Nebraska in 1942. While at the University of Nebraska, she met Wilford H. Bill Clark. Bill and Marie were married August 8, 1942 in Grand Island, Nebraska. After living a number of places for short periods Bill in the Army Air Corp, Bill and Marie settled in Richland, WA in 1947.

Mom’s home economic background translated to a love of cooking, gardening, raising kids hers and some of the neighbors’ at times and yes, even cleaning. She also loved fishing, a little gambling, reading, dancing and any kind of pet we brought home to her. She was active in 4-H both as a member during her childhood and leader later in life patiently teaching many to cook and sew.

Mom approached life with her own independent style, humor, and spirit. A combination of her Irish heritage, being one of eleven children living on a family farm during the Great Depression, working her way through college, and moving to a dusty, windy Eastern Washington community following World War II lent a hand in forming these qualities. She will be fondly remembered for her style and spirit.

Marie is survived by her four children, Jake Clark Pam of West Richland, WA, Jo Clark Donahoo Ken of Yakima, WA, Janet Clark Gunter Bob of Richland, WA and Janell Clark Stover Phil of Fountain Hills, AZ., four grandchildren, Dana Clark, Michelle Clark Acquavella, and Aaron and Elliott Stover, and two great-grandchildren, Amelia and Libby Acquavella, and a host of pet “grandchildren”. Marie is greatly missed by all of us.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband Wilford H. Clark in 1983, brothers Glen, Jack, Homer, Harold and Bob Ingalls and sisters Blanche Brigham, Grace Antonelli, Dorothea Clifton, Helen Schlesinger and Virginia Riblett.

The family wishes to extend their heart-felt gratitude to the staff at Canyon Lakes Restorative and Rehabilitation Center for their compassionate and attentive care.

Graveside service will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Richland, WA Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM. The family would like to invite you to a reception following the graveside service at Memories at Sunset Event Center.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Marie’s name to a charity of your choice.

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  • Dear Jo,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Nancy

    Nancy Van't Hul
    November 4, 2014
    Olympia, WA, US
  • Marie came from a long line of honest, hard working, fun loving people. As the last living sibling she represented them well. Now they are all together again. Sending my best to her children Jake, Jo, Janet and Janell and their families.

    Zoe – Great Niece

    Zoe Ingalls Bolton
    November 4, 2014
    Hope, ID, US
  • Although I did not know Marie Clark personally I do know her daughter, Janet Clark Gunter, and do remember the wonderful stories that she told me about her Mother and it was clear that Marie was a very special woman & very much loved by her family, may they all now be comforted by all the fond memories of their Mother & may I say to Marie’s spirit up above, “Job well done, Marie!”.

    Sincerely, Mary Irwin

    Mary Irwin
    November 4, 2014
    MT, US
  • Dearest Jake, Jo, Janet & Janell,

    I bet there is a party going on in heaven.

    My deepest sympathy. What a beautiful tribute to your mom.

    Connie Hopwood
    November 4, 2014
    Las, Vegas, NV, US
  • Sure will miss hearing about Aunt Marie. She was a special aunt. Enjoyed reading her obituary. Hope you will get it in the Polk County News, a weekly newspaper printed at Stromsburg, Nebraska

    Dorothy DeTurk
    November 4, 2014
    Shelby,, NE, US