Ann Haertel Morton Clark, born March 13, 1925, passed away on October 30, 2013. She was predeceased by her husband of fifty years, Ralph Thomas Clark, in 2001. Born in Evanston, Illinois, and raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Ann obtained her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was extremely proud of her membership in the American Association of University Women. She met her husband while both were teaching at Carroll College in Waukesha and, after a splendid courtship, they wed in 1952. They moved to Chicago's North Shore, and where their two children, Alexander and Marie Caroline (Carrie), were born in 1955 and 1960, respectively. Upon moving to Fort Lauderdale in 1960, Ann became a stay-at-home mom while Ralph taught history for 30 years at Broward College. She was active in the Friends of the Library and worked part-time at the Galleria's Jordan Marsh. Her station was a popular meeting point for friends. The Clarks retired to Berkeley Springs, West Virginia in 1988. After her husband passed, she spent her last years in Chicago near her beloved daughter, Carrie. Ann was composure and grace personified and made everyone she met feel supremely important and worthwhile. Ann radiated a serenity that was almost tangible and was intellectually formidable in an understated and quietly confident way. She was a true joy to be with and a wonderful listener. She spent her last years in Florida and finally in Chicago, where she passed peacefully. She is survived by her daughter Carrie Clark and her husband Jay Sebastian, her son Alex Clark and his wife Susan York Clark, and her grandchildren, Sean and Christopher Clark, her granddaughter, Sara Caroline Clark, and her niece, Margaret Wheeler of Indianapolis.
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Published in Sun-Sentinel on Nov. 11, 2013