Dorothy Clark (1921 - 2018)

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Dorothy "Dolly" E. Erickson Clark, 97, of Columbia, Mo., formerly of Berva Drive, Bradford, passed away Tuesday (Oct. 2, 2018) at the South Hampton Place, Columbia, Mo.
Dolly was born June 17, 1921, at Change Islands, Newfoundland, now a part of a province of Canada, but at the time Newfoundland was a dominion of Great Britain. She was the eldest child of William Robert Butler and Gertrude Emily English Butler. Known by all her friends as "Dolly," Dorothy's siblings included Margaret "Peg" Mulock Hollett (deceased), William Robert English Butler (deceased), and Reginald Hearder Butler. Her father was a minister and her mother a nurse, so Dolly's earliest memories were of the challenges of shepherding her rambunctious younger siblings when Dad and Mom were pursuing duties away from home. Frequent reassignments for her father meant life on the move, often in the remote outposts of Newfoundland.
Dolly studied at Memorial University College in St. John's, Newfoundland, where she earned a teaching certificate in June 1940. While teaching at Park Street Public School in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, she met Guy William "Bill" Erickson (deceased), an American soldier stationed in Newfoundland during World War II. The couple fell in love, and Dorothy moved to Warren, Pa., where she and Bill were married Aug. 13, 1946 in Pleasantville. They had two children, Cheryl Margaret Holzwarth (deceased), and David William Erickson. The family relocated to Bradford, Pa., in 1954.
Shortly after the death of her first husband on Feb. 2, 1988, Dolly moved to Columbia, Mo. to be near her son and his family. Several years thereafter, and to everyone's delight and surprise, Dolly fell in love and married the Rev. Charles C. Clark (deceased) of Columbia on New Year's Eve, 1994. Rev. Clark passed away Sept. 7, 1997.
She was a member of the Community United Methodist Church in Columbia, and, while in Bradford, was a longtime member of the West Branch United Methodist Church. She was an avid bowler, reader and student, and enjoyed knitting and crocheting through much of her life.
Surviving are a brother, Reginald Hearder (Louise) Butler of Corner Brook, of Newfoundland and Labrador; a son, David W. (Janice) Erickson of Columbia; three grandchildren, Todd (Karen) Holzwarth of Simpsonville, S.C., Lindsey Erickson (Brian) Mahoney of Overland Park, Kan., and Lori Erickson of Los Angeles, Calif.; five great-grandchildren, Campbell and Kelsea Holzwarth, and Kieran, James and Dillon Mahoney; son-in-law, Roy Holzwarth of Wilmington, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews in both the U.S. and Canada.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; one brother; a sister; her grandson, Eric; and her daughter, Cheryl.
Family will be receiving friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., 33 South Ave.; at 11 a.m. funeral services will be held with the Rev. Matt Blake, pastor of the West Branch United Methodist Church, officiating. Committal services and burial will follow in Willow Dale Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are welcomed for the Capital Improvements Fund, West Branch United Methodist Church, 605 W. Washington St., Bradford, PA 16701.
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Published in The Bradford Era from Oct. 8 to Oct. 15, 2018