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Shelby Kathleen Clark Obituary
Shelby Kathleen Clark Feb. 16, 2007 - June 9, 2011 Resident of Walnut Creek Shelby Kathleen Clark, age 4, was born in Walnut Creek and passed away unexpectedly in Oakland, CA on June 9, 2011. In her short life, Shelby set a shining example for all to follow. From day one, undeterred by any challenge, she lived life without complaints, striving to learn every bit along the way. Petite in size, immense in spirit, Shelby exhibited a love for life, whether listening to her favorite songs, chasing after the dog, giggling with her friends and siblings, learning new things at school, running around the neighborhood or park, snuggling with her mom, dancing to her dad's guitar music, or reading treasured books with her nana. Her smile could light up a room; her darling wave beckoned. Her gentle pats, hugs and kisses made everyone feel special. Shelby is predeceased by her paternal grandmother, Joyce Smith. She is survived by her mother and father, Karen and Randall Clark; siblings Ross and Madeline Dautel; grandparents, Kathleen and Napoleon Castro, all of Walnut Creek, CA; grandfathers Jim Clark of Phoenix, AZ and Ed Smith of Kokomo, IN; aunts and uncles, Craig and Molly Newgard of Portland, OR; Scott and Dyna Clark, of Phoenix, AZ; David and Nancy Clark of St. Louis, MO; and cousins Harrison and Josie Newgard; Sylvia, Virginia, Nancy and Joyce Clark. She is also survived by a large group of devastated extended family and friends. Our hearts are forever broken, and we will strive to go on in Shelby's honor, with ever-present thoughts and memories of our dearest angel. A memorial to celebrate Shelby's life will take place on Monday, June 27 at 11am, at the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. The family asks that any donations be made to The Shelby Clark Memorial Fund for Special Education c/o Randall or Karen Clark at any Wells Fargo branch.
Published in Contra Costa Times on June 23, 2011
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