Vivian Maxwell Clark passed away peacefully on Saturday, the 19th of January 2013, while surrounded by family members. She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on the 28th of August 1923, to Dr. Thomas A. Maxwell and Vivian Grace Maxwell. She grew up in New Orleans, and graduated from McMain High School in 1939. Her family then briefly resided in Shreveport, Louisiana, where she met her husband to be, the late Bernard Francis "Budd" Clark, who was serving as a captain in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. The couple married in New Orleans, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, and after the war, moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where Vivian worked as a legal secretary and Budd attended Harvard Business School. They subsequently lived briefly in Easton, Pennsylvania, where their first child was born. They then returned to New Orleans, Louisiana, where three more daughters were born. In 1956, the family moved to Houston, where the family welcomed the birth of its only son and first native Texan. |
Mother was devoted to her husband and five children. Throughout the years, she encouraged us all, emphasizing the importance of education, nutrition, health, and the importance of looking out for one another. She believed very strongly in cooperation, encouraging each of us to celebrate the accomplishments of the others, and as result, her five children have grown up to be lifelong friends. Mother loved music, enjoyed playing tennis and bridge, and loved walking in Memorial Park.
Vivian was predeceased by her parents, her beloved husband, and her brothers, Thomas, Henry and Matthew Maxwell of New Orleans, Louisiana.
She is survived by her beloved sister, Virginia Maxwell, of Metairie, Louisiana; her daughters, Janet Frances Clark and Virginia Ann Clark; Barbara Adele Clark, and husband, Edgar Bering; and grandchildren, Janet and Edgar Bering; her son, Bernard Francis "Buddy" Clark, Jr., and wife, Jena W. Clark; and grandchildren, Bernard "Key" Francis, Kristin Nicole and Emma Louise Clark, all of Houston; her daughter, Vivian Elizabeth Clark, and husband, Bryan Gilliam; and granddaughters, Stephanie and Grace Claire Gilliam of North Carolina.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o'clock in the afternoon until seven o'clock in the evening on Tuesday, the 22nd of January, in the drawing room of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
The funeral service is to be conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning on Wednesday, the 23rd of January, in the Jasek Chapel, also at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons.
Immediately following the funeral, the family is to gather for a private interment at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family kindly suggests contributions be directed to the Memorial Park Conservancy, 6501 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX, 77007; or to Trees for Houston, 10401 Stella Link Rd., Houston, TX, 77025.
Published in Houston Chronicle from Jan. 21 to Jan. 22, 2013