Rosalie Lucile (Smith) Clark, daughter of Orie Ralph and Lucile Merle (Hooker) Smith, was born on April 12, 1925 in a hospital in Omaha, Neb., back when it was not common to be born in a hospital. She grew up on a farm near Macedonia, where cattle tanks became swimming pools in the heat of the summer and walks to and from school was always an adventure. Rosalie graduated from high school and continued her schooling at Drake University for a year. Her mother encouraged her to enroll in dance and voice lessons, which began her career in music. Rosalie attended the University of Iowa where she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. She finished with a Masters in music from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Ill. While in Chicago, she helped raise money for the war effort by doing charitable work, hosting dances, and showing of war films. She performed at Paramount Theater in Omaha where the movie "Wake Island" premiered and sang prior to the showing. Rosalie was also in a program with "Hopalong Cassidy," which also contributed to the war effort. After the war, Rosalie studied in Switzerland and volunteered to help rehabilitate the orphaned children in France. (When asked if spoke French, she said she did since she had one year of French in high school). After several months, her group was replaced with new volunteers and they returned home by traveling on an old troop ship.
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On that ship, Rosalie met her future husband, Frederick Winslow Clark, a former WWII bomber pilot, from Pennsylvania. They were united in marriage on Jan. 24, 1950 in Omaha, Neb., and were blessed with two sons, Lowell and Neil. They lived in Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, New Jersey, and Florida. Fred retired in 1986 and he and Rosalie returned to her family farm near Macedonia in 1994.
Rosalie worked as a choir director for 10 years. She was a member of the Macedonia United Methodist Church; the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (Council Bluffs Chapter NSDAR and Palm Beach Chapter NSDAR), the National Society United States Daughters of 1812, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (Isaac Allerton), The National Society Daughters of American Colonists, the National Society of the Dames of the Court of Honor (Honorary National Trustee for Life), Ruby Smith Post #648 American Legion Auxiliary in Macedonia, Order of Eastern Star, Sigma Gamma Club in Macedonia, and the Macedonia Library Club. Rosalie enjoyed reading the Wall Street Journal, watching the stock market, and going out to eat. She had a great love for music, traveling, and embraced each day as a new adventure. Her family and grandchildren were her pride and joy.
Rosalie and Fred were married 55 wonderful years when Fred passed away on April 30, 2005. Rosalie continued to live on the farm until health setbacks and some close calls caused her to move to the Heritage House in Atlantic. She readjusted her life style, but as in the past, it was the adventure of each day that she looked forward to.
Rosalie passed away on Feb. 11, 2014 at the Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, at the age of 88 years, 9 months, and 29 days. In addition to her beloved husband Fred, she was preceded in death by her parents; and brother Lowell Smith and wife Lavonne.
Rosalie is survived by her sons, Dr. Lowell Clark and wife Elizabeth of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., and Neil Clark and wife Melia of Atlantic; grandchildren Christina Wheatly and husband Nick, Katherine Clark, Edward Clark, all of Leesburg, Fla., Molly Clark of Ames, and Katlyn Clark of Iowa City; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 17, at the United Methodist Church in Macedonia with burial at the Macedonia Cemetery. Memorials directed to the Heritage House in Atlantic.
Loess Hills Funeral Home, of Carson, was in charge of arrangements.
Published in Atlantic News Telegraph on Feb. 17, 2014
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