Helen Elsie Clark formally of Lewistown, Montana, died March 9, 2015, in Santa Rosa, California, while under the loving supervision of her daughter Dee Rued. Helen was born Dec. 17, 1921, to William A. and Elsie (Fulton) Fraser. Her husband George died in Bozeman, Montana, in Feb. 2010.
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Helen was born and raised in Lewistown, Montana, and graduated from Fergus County High School in 1939. Helen then attended the Eastern Montana State Normal School in Billings and taught school at both the Chippewa and Glengary, Montana, rural schools. It was while teaching at Chippewa that she met her future husband George Clark.
Helen and her husband could usually be spotted on Lewistown's Main Street as they both routinely walked the distance from 13th avenue south to First Street and back. She loved cooking and sewing and family legend holds that the annual cake baking contests held at the Civic Center were suspended because of her long run of winning first prize.
She is survived by her daughter, Dee (Richard) Rued of Healdsburg, California, son Dale (Juliet Marshall) Clark of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and son Dave (Roxanne Waltz) Clark of Austin, Texas, along with four grandchildren, Chad (Amy) Clark of Bend, Oregon, Craig (Heather) Clark of Bozeman, Montana, Steve (Sonia) Rued and Tom Rued of Healdsburg, California, and six great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters Betty Munson of Great Falls, Montana, and Wanda Reynolds of Las Vegas, Nevada, and by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband George, her parents, her brother Everett Fraser and sisters Alice Freeman and Willa Parks.
Although both Helen and George spent most of their lives in Lewistown, travel held a special place in both their lives as they camped with their children over much of the United States and later during retirement saw many foreign countries. She was devoted to her immediate and extended family.
There will be a memorial service for Helen on July 25 in Lewistown.
Anyone who wishes to may make a donation may do so in her name to the First Presbyterian Church of Lewistown.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 17, 2015