Margaret Clark passed away on March 28th in Seattle following a short illness. Margaret was born in Sherwood, West Virginia in 1914. Her mother was Elizabeth Pope and her father Clifford Heaton. She moved to Oklahoma in 1920. Her father worked in the oil fields and her mother ran boarding houses; they moved frequently but ended up in the Texas panhandle where her father had a job in the Skelly plant. There she attended West Texas State Normal College at Canyon, earned her degrees just before turning 20 and started teaching. She also met John Monte Clark who was working at the Phillips refinery in Borger. Before they married in June of 1939, she sailed to prewar Europe in 1937 and attended Columbia University for a semester, big adventures for an impecunious country girl.
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Margaret and Monte had two children, Elizabeth Ann and John before leaving Texas for Bartlesville Oklahoma in 1950. There they stayed for 45 years. Margaret continued teaching at Jane Phillips Elementary. She was an active member of the First Christian Church in Bartlesville. After Monte died in 1994, she moved to Seattle. She taught, wrote and painted and was engaged in these activities until her death. She is survived by her son John and his wife Patricia in Seattle, by Ann's son Erik in Phoenix and by John's son Andrew in Los Angeles.
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Apr. 14 to May 13, 2013