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Ruby “Jean” Clark, 89, of McPherson, KS, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, surrounded by family at The Cedars, McPherson. She was the co-owner of A-C Rentals and worked as a bookkeeper at the Red Coach Restaurant.
Jean was born on September 20, 1931, in Rockwall, TX, the daughter of Charlie Oscar and Pearl Lena (Mooney) Howell. She graduated from Central Academy and Central College. On May 2, 1967, Jean was united in marriage to Laurence “Larry” A. Clark in McPherson, KS. He preceded her in death on June 30, 2009.
She was a member of the McPherson Free Methodist Church, Red Hat Society, Pylettes, and T.O.P.S. Club.
Survivors include: her daughter, Pam Clark (Tracy Schmidt) of McPherson, KS; step-children, Randy Clark (Dana) of McPherson, KS, Cathy Stockham (Quentin) of Springfield, MO, and Sandy Clark of McPherson, KS; grandchildren, Chaz Clark (Lance Bean), Shawn Stockham (Olivia), Nikki Stockham, Christy Randa (Brennon), Danny Clark (Jordyn), Katie Church (Trevor), Kim Ladd (Rick), Brian Weber (Shelia), and Joshua Ballenger; several great-grandchildren including Collier Bean; a brother, Charles Howell (Rachel) of Mansfield, TX; a sister, Margie Peoples (Dosville) of Rockwall, TX; and several nieces & nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a son, Freddie Taylor.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sunday, April 18, 2021, at Stockham Family Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM, Monday, April 19, at McPherson Free Methodist Church. Burial will follow at McPherson Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be given to McPherson Area Habitat for Humanity in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.
Ruby “Jean” Clark, has departed for her Heavenly Home. She never did like the name Ruby and told anybody who called her by that name that she preferred the name Jean. There is a huge emptiness in our hearts, but we know she is in a much better place with no sickness or pain. Her brother Charles had the following memories of her:
She was beautiful, both inside and out, and was such a classy lady who was always well groomed and dressed. She had to have her hair done and lipstick on right up to the end.
Jean was very talented. She could sing with her beautiful soprano voice, and she would keep Charles and younger sister, Margie, in line as they sang in a children’s trio for their church. Jean also sang a solo at Charles’ wedding. She later taught herself how to play the piano and continued to enjoy singing!
Jean was also incredibly smart. Going to college after she was married with a family was not easy, but she did it. She was a hard worker who took great pride in her work and was a big part of the family business.
Jean had quite an artistic side to her as well. She could write poetry, make ceramics and pottery, and do pencil sketches, as well as decorate to make things look special. She was also a great cook and loved to try new recipes. She cooked and baked mouth-watering dishes for the whole family to enjoy. Her Sunday dinners were always special and she welcomed any of the family to join her and Larry.
Jean was warm, friendly, giving, compassionate, and would go out of her way to help others. She dearly loved her parents, her siblings and their families, her extended family, and most of all, her husband Larry, son Freddie, daughter Pam, granddaughter Chaz, and namesake, great-granddaughter, Collier Ruby Ann.
Most of all, Jean loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and was looking forward to her Heavenly Home, where the cobwebs of dementia are swept away, and she could raise her voices and sing again in that Heavenly choir. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Ruby Jean Clark please visit our Sympathy Store.
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