Marlene Monier Clark (Maggie), who lived in Laborcita Canyon, N.M., passed away on Feb. 24, 2014, following a lengthy illness.
Marlene was born Sept. 10, 1954, on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., to Gerard and Eileen Monier.
Maggie's family had Louisiana roots and friends would later attest to her excellent Cajun cuisine. Her father was an Air Force navigator and Marlene grew up on bases in Germany, New Mexico, Maine and California, returning to Louisiana when her father retired.
She earned her Bachelor of Science – Nursing degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and was a registered nurse in Louisiana, Maryland and New Mexico.
Marlene was a respected professional dedicated to the care of her patients and their families. From 1979 through 1982, she served in the Air Force as a nurse in several areas, including an air transportable hospital. She responded to several multiple trauma accidents and air crew rescues. For example, within days of starting basic training in Wichita Falls, Texas, Marlene answered a call for volunteers after a tornado collapsed the roof of a mall injuring scores of victims. She worked for over 72 hours straight and was awarded the Air Force Humanitarian Medal.
While stationed in England, she met and married George in 1981.
Marlene loved German Sheperds and her canine friends traveled the world with her. The family lived in Louisiana, Germany, Maryland, Oklahoma, Virginia and New Mexico. During their assignment to Germany, she responded once again to a call for medical volunteers after the Ramstein Air Show disaster in 1988.
Marlene served her country for decades as an Air Force daughter, officer, wife and civilian employee. Marlene loved her profession and practiced many different areas of nursing including the emergency room, critical care, hospice and pediatrics. The last several years she worked were in many ways the most rewarding, administering the Family Advocacy Program on Holloman Air Force Base. On several occasions she was named civilian employee of the quarter and the year.
Marlene is survived by her husband and beloved pets.
There will be a memorial service at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5,
at Our Lady of The Light Catholic Church, in La Luz.
Instead of flowers, please consider donations to children's charities.