GALLIPOLIS — Alice Marie "Clark" Gothard, 91, of Gallipolis, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at Mount Carmel St. Ann's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She was a very loving and compassionate wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother who always put family first. She reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning, and that laughter is life's sweetest creation.
Alice was born Jan. 2, 1923, to the late Oscar Sanford and Mabel Mae "Houser" Clark, of Patriot. She and her husband lived in Mudsoc for part of their married life before purchasing a farm in Gallipolis.
She is also preceded in death by her husband, Herman Harold Gothard Sr.; an infant daughter, Linda Lou Gothard; daughter Dorothy Mae "Gothard" Fraley and her husband, Wallace Eugene; two sons, Roger Lee Gothard and Herman Harold Gothard Jr., along with his wife, Nancy "Wamsley" Gothard; one great-grandson, Noah Fraley; three brothers, Donald David Clark, David Eugene Clark and Arthur Clark, along with his wife Fern; three sisters, Ethel Mae "Clark" Thievener, Bernice Clark and Gladys Ola "Clark" Mooney.
Her very special friend Bert Edward McGuire preceded her in death in July 2012.
She leaves to cherish her memory three daughters, Mary Hazel Thompson and her husband, Richard, of Pataskala, Ohio, Eva Dawn Chapman and her husband, Timothy, of Columbus, Ohio, and Garnet Faye Chapman and her husband, William, of Gallipolis; daughter-in-law Janet Lee "Callahan" Gothard, of Newark, Ohio; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Doris Ruth Guinn and her husband, Earl, of Grove City, Ohio; and one brother, Randall Clark and his wife, Nancy, of Dayton, Ohio; and special friends Mike Hutchins, Gene and Helen McGuire, and Chester and Judy McGuire.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at the Willis Funeral Home, 12 Garfield Ave., in Gallipolis. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Walnut Township. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, and from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, prior to the funeral.
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