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ANDREA RUTH CLARK


1939 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
ANDREA RUTH CLARK Obituary
CLARK, Andrea Ruth It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Andrea Ruth Clark (Stone), 76, in the early morning of March 26. She is survived by her husband William Clark, her daughter Suzahne Riendeau, her son Michael Riendeau, her brother Norman Stone, her sister Beth Stone and several nieces and nephews. Andrea was born on September 23, 1939 in Lynn, MA. She was raised in Swampscott. She earned her Bachelor's Degree at Emmanuel College. When she was 22, she married Maurice Riendeau and had two children, Suzahne and Michael. For 12 years she taught art and special education in several schools, moving frequently. She subsequently divorced but maintained a supportive relationship with Maurice. On April 30, 1977, she married Bill Clark and they enjoyed that rarest of gifts, a deep and wonderful relationship until her passing. After her second marriage, she earned a Master's Degree in Nutritional Counseling at Leslie University. In 1988 she and Bill moved to Maine. She and Bill lived in Machias, where he was superintendent of schools. She resumed teaching art to gifted and talented students in Washington County, traveling to as many as seven schools per week to help foster student creativity. Then they lived in Perry in a house designed by Andrea and her brother Norman. After a short time living in nearby Eastport they moved to Homosassa, FL in 1988, where both she and Bill worked as administrators at Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine in Gainesville. In May of 2011 they moved back to Andover, MA in order to be near her son and daughter. Throughout her life Andrea was actively engaged in creative projects. She painted beautiful seascapes and was an accomplished portrait artist. She published two novels and a nonfiction book on healing practices. She was an ordained minister with a license to perform marriage. She organized and led women's groups, including a 40-member "Spirit Circle" in Florida and a "Croning Ceremony" in Maine when she turned sixty. She had the ability to create a beautiful harmonious home wherever she lived and her home often served as a haven for those who needed it. She always threw a good party. She was open-minded, determined, resilient and embraced changes of all kinds. She enjoyed Robert Parker mysteries, TV detective and game shows, buying new earrings, and Kendal Jackson wine (until she gave it up). She loved the beach. She spoke her mind, she made a mean spaghetti sauce, and she was not afraid of technology. She was a loving and supportive friend, forming warm and lasting friendships in all the many places she lived. She always had animals by her side. She shared everything she had and put thought and heart into the many gifts she gave. Throughout her life she remained committed to both learning and to teaching. Arrangements: Family and friends are invited to pay their respects from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2nd at the Dracut Funeral Home, 2159 Lakeview Ave., DRACUT. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family. For directions, or to leave an online condolence, story, or message, please visit www.dracutfuneralhome.com or find us on Facebook under "Dracut Funeral Home."
Published in The Boston Globe on Mar. 31, 2016
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