Virginia B. Clark, 96, passed away on Friday, November 27, 2015 at OSF St. Francis Hospital.
She was born in Comstock, MI on July 20, 1919, daughter of John E. and Jennie B. (Wheeler) Gregg.
Virginia married Richard (Dick) Clark in 1945.
Their first home was in Beaufort, SC, while Dick was stationed at Parris Island as USMC drill instructor. The Clarks returned to their home town, Kalamazoo, MI, where their first son, Rich, was born. They moved to Flint for Dick’s teaching/coaching career and where their second son, Dan, was born. Virginia went to every football and basketball game Dick coached and every athletic event of her sons. When Dick died, Virginia moved to Escanaba where she lived the rest of her life.
During her 13 years in Escanaba she became an avid Packers fan. In addition to athletics, Virginia loved music and playing ragtime on her keyboard into her 90s. Described by her family as the most active 90 plus year old they have ever seen, Virginia could be seen walking several miles a week or at a local sports bar with her son Rich on Sunday’s eating nachos and watching the Packers.
Virginia moved to Bishop Noa Assisted living in February 2015. She felt that Bishop Noa was her home and was particularly fond of the staff who were very attentive and made her feel valued and appreciated.
Virginia’s family will miss her and are grateful to the staff at St Francis Hospital who made her transition dignified and comfortable.
Virginia’s last night at the hospital was Thanksgiving and the TV was tuned to the Packer game. Her grandson Matt was there and said, “She got to spend Thanksgiving no better way than with her family and watch her favorite NFL football team, the Packers, play. She will be missed dearly, she will always be remembered for all of her positive energy and never say quit attitude…hats off to a great 96 years… ”
Above all else, Virginia was deeply committed to family consisting of her sons, Rich (Jo-Ann) and Dan (Fran); and particularly her grandchildren, Katie Clark, Tommy Clark, Tara Clark, Richie Clark, and Matt Clark. Her humor, her spirit and her ability to listen and provide support will be long remembered. She was affectionately known as “GiGi” by her grandchildren.
Visitation will be on Monday, November 30, 2015 from 10 to 11:30 am at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12 pm at St. Thomas the Apostle Church with Rev. Rick Courier officiating. A meal will follow in the church hall.
Burial will be in Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Virginia’s name to Tri-County Safe Harbor, 905 1st Ave S, Escanaba, MI, 49829, http://www.safe3c.com/.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Clark Family.