S. Virginia "Peggy" Clark

11/30/1919 - 06/28/2014 Obituary
S. Virginia "Peggy" Clark Obituary
S. Virginia Clark, or "Peggy" as close friends in Taft called her, passed away early Saturday morning on the 28th of June, 2014 in the home of her only child, Cheryl Adams, of Sanger, CA. Peggy was fortunate to have experienced a long fulfilling life having passed at the age of 94 years.
She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Adams; two grandchildren, Jon P. Adams and Julia L. Richardson; and four great-grandchildren, Jon Bradley Adams, Garrett, Mia and Madison Richardson.
Peggy's life began November 30, 1919 in Victorville. Her mother was part of the Trabucco family from Bear Valley in Mariposa and was an R.N. Her father moved the family to Taft to work in the Standard oilfields Peggy's family settled in an area owned by her well established "Grandmother Dustin" which was later named "Dustin Acres."
Peggy knew the importance of education and graduated from Fresno State College in 1942. She had been an active member of the sorority, Phi Mu. After college, she taught grades K - 6 and became a reading specialist over her 37 year career. During this time WW II was in full swing and her only brother, Bobby, introduced her to his Master Sergeant in the Marine Corps, Richard T. Clark. Sadly, Bobby perished at Iwo Jima before he could learn the news that his sister, Peggy, had married Richard (formerly known in Taft as Assistant Chief of Police and District Administrator of Parks and Recreation, Dick Clark.)
Peggy had many hobbies and interests. She traveled extensively around the world, visited all 50 states in the U.S. and most of the Canadian Provinces. After her husband passed away she met Wayne D. Smith of Maricopa. She and Wayne spent many happy hours flying together in the planes he built himself. Peggy was a philanthropist and donated money to various charities, usually to places that had a significant historical impact, as she loved to read any true stories about the history of England or the United States. She was a member of the Taft Photography Club and donated antique family memorabilia to the West Kern Oil Museum. She became an accomplished artist in China painting. She was a devout Episcopalian and donated her time and energy teaching Bible school to children, giving financial support generously and helping out wherever she was needed, even if it meant watering and planting more flowers in the courtyard. She was later honored by the Taft Episcopal church as St. Andrew's "Woman of the Year."
Private graveside funeral services were held on July 3, 2014. In lieu of flowers, Peggy wanted people to honor her memory by supporting with donations to Taft's West Kern Oil Museum. Thank you. The arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To express online condolences please visit www.EricksonandBrown.com.
Erickson & Brown Funeral Home
Published in Bakersfield Californian on July 8, 2014
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