Margaret Elizabeth Hoss Clark, 92, formerly of Laurel, died Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson.
Margaret was born July 15, 1920 in Eugene, Florida. Shortly after her birth, the Hoss family moved to South Georgia to the small sawmill hamlet of Hickox. Her mother passed away when she was eleven. After that, she and fifteen-year-old, Rubye, six-year-old, Betty, and one-year-old, Roger, lived with various relatives before moving to Kissimmee, Florida and back with their father. Unable to cope with the responsibility of caring for his young family, he doled the children out to live with relatives. Margaret was sent to Laurel to live with older brother, Bill Hoss and his wife.
With a warm smile and captivating personality that never met a stranger, Margaret found her "place" in Laurel. It was there, at a hot dog cookout in the Pettibone area of Laurel, she met the handsome, charming, and talented Kimble Clark whom she wed on August 15, 1941. In time, the young couple built a home in the Springhill community where Kimble went into the insurance business and Margaret became a full-time mother and homemaker. The marriage lasted 68 years until his death in 2008 and produced two children, Bill and Sissy (Martha). Both Kimble and Margaret were devoted members of Springhill Baptist Church where Kimble was the volunteer song director for over 50 years.
Margaret was the family chronicler; keeping detailed, hand-written notes of births, deaths, marriages, random events and articles of interest. She was the go-to person for family and acquaintance history. She looked for any and every opportunity to share her wealth of information with others. She read the newspaper cover-to-cover every day and clipped hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, poetry, and cartoons … always making sure they were shared with family and friends. She kept her son, Bill, a singer and piano player, in fresh material. She was his #1 fan.
Both sets of grand-kids always looked forward to "Ma and Pa" coming to their house - especially during Christmas time. Margaret lived for family get-togethers. She loved the company of others and enjoyed sharing stories and laughter. She was an exemplary wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Her kind, accepting nature, zest for life and carefree spirit caused people to gravitate to her. Just being around her felt like "home."
Margaret's famous phrase after the opening of gifts on Christmas day was "Aren't We Blessed." Those who were close to her consider themselves truly blessed to have had Margaret Elizabeth Hoss Clark in their lives for so many wonderful years. Thank you, Margaret. Our lives will be forever touched by you.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Kimble Clark; father, John Henry Hoss; mother, Martha Nora Hoss; brothers Bill Hoss (Dollie), Roger Hoss, and Harold Hoss (Ruth); and sisters Rubye Moody (Howard) and Betty Hunter.
Survivors include her son, Bill Clark (Jean) of Flowood; daughter, Martha "Sissy" Clark Carr (James) of Madison; Grandchildren, Mike and David Carr, Richard Carr, Angel Carr Leach, Christi Clark Gardner, Kimberly Clark Smith, Julie Clark, and twelve great grandchildren. Also, a terrific sister-in-law, Juanita "Boots" Clark Husbands of Bay Springs.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 P. M. Friday, November 23 at Memory Chapel of Laurel. Funeral Services will be held at 2 P. M. Saturday, November 24 at Springhill Baptist Church in Jones County with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The body will be placed in the church at 1 P. M. Saturday. Additionally, there will be a memorial service at Midway Baptist Church at 5609 Clinton Blvd. in Jackson Sunday, November 24 at 5 P. M.
To view and sign the family guest-book, visit www.memorychapellaurel.com