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Elizabeth "Jeanne" Clark

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Elizabeth "Jeanne" Clark Obituary
Elizabeth "Jeanne" Clark, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away in Houston, on the morning of Tuesday, the 10th of December 2013, after a valiant battle with cancer. She was born on the 19th of May 1942, in Fayette County, Texas, in the town of Freyburg. She was preceded in death by her parents, Julius A. Knesek and Victoria Jurek Knesek; and her brother Jack Knesek, Jr.
When Jeanne was only six years old, both of her parents passed away, and she and her brother Jack were raised on a farm in Jeddo, Texas, by their maternal grandfather, John J. Jurek. Growing up on a farm, Jeanne learned the value of hard work, even teaching herself how to sew and make her own clothes. She later graduated from Welder High School where she excelled both in academics and athletics.
While attending The University of Texas, she met the love of her life, Andrew Jackson Clark, III, and in 1968 they were married in Austin. After a few years in Midland, they made a home in Houston where they raised their three children, Andrew, Amy and Ashley.
Without question, Jeanne's greatest joy was her family. She had a special bond with each of her children, and each considered her their best friend, advisor, confidant, and co-conspirator in all things creative. In all things Jeanne was a "doer," she was the consummate mother to all who was the first to nurture both her own children as well as their friends. Everyone was always welcome at the Clark home where Jeanne was always ready in the kitchen to prepare a meal for hungry children, showing her love through cooking. Jeanne was a true engineer who could take an idea from sketch to reality. From the Halloween costumes and beautiful dresses that she would make from scratch, to the creative and amazing party decorations, Jeanne would give even Martha Stewart a run for her money. When she and Jack became empty nesters she began working at Calico Corners where she enjoyed sharing her talents with many others.
In the last ten years, Jeanne reached the pinnacle of her life and became "Nana" to her six grandchildren. For each of her grandchildren, she rarely missed a ballgame and was always present in their many adventures and life events. She started the tradition where each and every Sunday night, she and Jack would host their children and grandchildren for dinner at their home, and created memories for all that will last a lifetime.
She is survived by her husband Andrew Jackson Clark III; and her three children, son, Andrew J. Clark, IV and his wife Natalie, her daughters, Amy Walton and her husband Michael, of Houston, and Ashley Clark of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. She is also survived by her six precious grandchildren, Clark Michael Walton, Cullen Hughes Walton, Catherine Douglas Clark, Caroline Colley Clark, William Carlton Walton and Andrew "Jackson" Clark, V.
The stories everyone has of Jeanne's love and selflessness could take years to tell. She will be remembered forever and loved always.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six until eight o'clock this evening, Thursday, the 12th of December, in the library and grand foyer of Geo H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
A memorial service and celebration of life is to be conducted at one o'clock in the afternoon on Friday, the 13th of December, in the sanctuary of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 11612 Memorial Drive in Houston, where Rev. Dave Steane, Executive Pastor, is to officiate.
Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent sanctuary lobby.
In lieu of customary remembrances, and for those desiring, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Jeanne's name be directed to The Rise School of Houston, 5618 H. Mark Crosswell Jr. St., Houston, TX, 77021 (www.riseschool.org).


Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec. 12, 2013
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