A memorial service for Bozeman native, Carolyn Louise Clark, 86, will be at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, in the Bozeman Lodge Chapel, 1547 North Hunters Way, with Pastor Bryan Hughes of Grace Bible Church presiding. Carolyn died on Sunday, Oct. 16, secure in the promise of her faith. Born on Sept. 22, 1930, to Robert E. and Rheta C. Hoffman, Carolyn had the good fortune to live next door to her grandparents, Goldie and Charles Henry. When the war years took the family to Seattle, she learned to love the big city. On returning to Montana, she met her husband, Donald E. Clark, who had already fallen in love with the photograph of her that Goldie kept on her piano. Married in the month of her high school graduation on May 27, 1948, Carolyn kept the home fires burning as her husband traveled in sales. The young couple moved so often in their early years that Carolyn began noting the floorplan of each of their homes; eventually she began to design a series of houses, some of which the couple lived in and others of which they sold.
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Both Carolyn and Don developed a strong interest in collecting antiques, opening their first antique store in Bismarck, North Dakota, the home-base of Don's work as a Hesston Farm Machinery factory representative starting in 1968. Because of Don's work, Carolyn took the major responsibility for managing the shop. In 1977 they moved back to Bozeman, where Don became an auctioneer and Carolyn clerked for their partners in Action Auction. In 1987, the couple opened Antiques Etc. in downtown Bozeman. They retired in 1991 and went to Mesa, Arizona, every winter for twelve years. In Arizona, Carolyn took the opportunity to pursue her long-held interest in drama, acting in several theatrical productions.
A constant in Carolyn's long and active life was her faith. When her two daughters became old enough for Sunday School, Carolyn became active in planning and directing her Great Falls church's memorable Christmas pageants. Carolyn also sang in her church choirs and was often featured in duets and as a soloist. She always considered Grace Bible Church her spiritual home even during the years she lived far from Bozeman. Despite her many interests, Carolyn was an old-fashioned mother who baked bread and took joy in difficult cross-stitch and embroidery work. A skilled seamstress, she made nearly all of her own clothes and those of her daughters for all their growing up years.
After Carolyn's husband died in 2006, she eventually moved into the Bozeman Lodge, where she enjoyed her many friends and took a major role in keeping the library organized. She is survived by her daughters, Julie Simon of Cedar City, Utah, and Becca Hubbell of Lafayette, Colorado; her granddaughters, Anna Hubbell of Lafayette, Colorado, and Kate (A.J.) Hermann of Brighton, Colorado; and by her grandson, Porter Hermann. Other survivors are Rod (Glenda) Clark and Duane (Janet) Clark of Wilsall, Phil Clark of Bozeman; sister-in-law, Laura Bristol and niece, Helen (Dan) Walker of Billings; nephew, Joe (Gina) Hupka of Bozeman, and Myles Hupka (Barb) of Huntley. Many great-nephews and nieces also survive. Carolyn's parents and her brothers, Gary and Gerald, pre-deceased her.
The family expresses deep gratitude to Dr. Heather Wheeler for her years of compassionate care and also sincere appreciation to the Bozeman Lodge staff, who helped make Carolyn's last years happy ones. We would also like to recognize Rocky Mountain Hospice's "beyond the call of duty" care.
Private family interment will take place in Sunset Memorial Park.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made in Carolyn's name to Grace Bible Church, 3625 S. 19th, Bozeman, MT 59718.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
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Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 21, 2016