Marian Clark

Friday, October 14, 2011

Funeral services for Marian Clark will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at United Methodist Church in Estherville. Rev. Lynn Elrod will officiate.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville.

Interment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Estherville.

Marian Louise (Stanton) Clark of Estherville, Ia., passed away peacefully at home on Oct. 8, 2011. Marian was born Nov. 2, 1923, in Alhambra, Calif., to Myron and Clara (Paddock) Stanton. She spent her childhood years learning trick riding on her pony, swimming, and playing with her little sister Helen (Stanton) Dean in Spencer, Ia. She graduated from Spencer High in 1941 and studied Home Economics at ISU. She married Merrill Chilton Clark of Terrill, Ia. on Sept 9, 1943, in Kansas City, Mo. Merrill was a Lt. Navigator in the Army Air Corps during WWII; after the war, Merrill and Marian moved to Florida where he attended U. of Miami Law School and enjoyed exploring the Keys. They then returned to Iowa, where Merrill practiced Law for 30 years. Marian and Merrill had three children: one son and two daughters.

Marian was known for her generous spirit, her sense of adventure and her love of traveling and sports. She was on a water skiing team in Florida, an avid golfer, snow skier, hiker, and bird watcher - and rode a motorcycles with Merrill when they were in their late 50's. She visited all 50 states, including most of the Western National Parks, multiple art museums, as well as various trips to Scotland, England, France (esp. Paris), Italy, Hong Kong and Egypt. She loved the lakes and worked as a lifeguard for Fillenwarth's Beach in Arnolds Park. She loved following politics and worked for the election board. She was an avid reader and a regular patron of the library. She was a member of several bridge groups and supper clubs and she enjoyed hosting and attending coffees with her friends and neighbors. She was known for her quilting, gourmet cooking, baking and Christmas candies. She regularly attended the United Methodist Church in Estherville.

Marian was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Merrill; daughter, Yvonne; and granddaughter, Brenda Pilgram.

She is survived by sister, Helen (Stanton) Dean; son, Merrill and daughter-in-law, Irene (Rose) Clark of Yuma, Ariz. and Cheyenne, Wyo.; and daughter, Suzanne Clark and son-in-law, Clifford Harbour of Laramie, Wyo.; four grandchildren: Michael M. Clark of Palm Springs, Calif., Jeffery D. and Annie Clark of Weston, Fla., Stacy C. Pilgram of Denver, Colo., and Tina L. Pilgram and Tucker Shaw of Houston, Texas; four great-granddaughters: Samantha and Kimberly Clark, and Isabella and Angelina Clark; beloved nieces and nephews including: Rick, Barb and Bob Dean of Spencer, Ia. and Omaha, Neb.

Thanks to her many friends and neighbors, Marian was able to live at home until the end - in the house that she and Merrill built on the edge of the woods. Special thanks to those who helped her live at home the past two years, including Gladys and Keith Godfrey, of Westwood Drive, who brought her mail and newspapers every day, Marjean Kaltved who helped her at home, Madonna Johnson, a regular visitor, and Jim Doyle, for Hy-Vee grocery deliveries.