Catherine L. Clark

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Catherine Lambert Clark of Hopewell, died on Sept. 4, 2013, at the age of 62. She was born in Lawrence, Mass., the daughter of Paul Louis Lambert and Shirley Donohoe Lambert. She graduated from Hopewell High School and was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the College of William and Mary.

Cathy spent her professional career in public service, with the Supreme Court of Virginia and the state departments of information technology, planning and budget, and education.

She concluded her career with Chesterfield County public schools, serving as an executive assistant to the superintendent. She served under four different governors and three superintendents.

For her dedication and commitment to the greater public good, she was awarded the certificate of recognition for public service by her alma mater in 1993.

Cathy was the oldest of 12 children and was predeceased by: her mother; father; and brother, Douglas Lambert.

Cathy is survived by: the love of her life and husband of 40 years, Bruce Clark Jr. She was the very proud mother of Andrew Clark (Samantha) of Hopewell, David Clark (Diana) of Richmond, and Caryn Clark of Richmond. Her first grandchild, Daphne, is a constant source of joy for the Clark family from the moment of her birth in May 2012.

Cathy also is survived by: her beloved siblings and their spouses, Christine Lambert Wilkinson (Guyton) of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; Stephen Lambert (Deborah) of Monterey; Matthew Lambert (Virginia) of Richmond; Elaine Lambert of Chesterfield; Gregory Lambert (Kathy) of Hammond, Ind.; Robert Lambert (Rodacelle) of Charlotte, N.C.; Mitchell Lambert (Rose) of Cincinnati, Ohio; Charles Lambert (Heather) of Garden Grove, Calif.; Brian Lambert (Elizabeth) of Monticello, Minn.; and Paula Lambert (fiancé, Ebb Cross) of Beaverton, Oregon. She also is survived by her sister-in-law, Carole Clark of Hopewell. She will be missed by nieces and nephews too numerous to mention but very much loved by their Aunt Cathy.

Cathy was grateful for having many wonderful friends and colleagues. Several close friends were very special to her and they know who they are. The family appreciates the excellent care provided by the staff of the Virginia Cancer Institute.

When first diagnosed with advanced breast cancer in May 2007, Cathy prayed for the "small" miracle of time to spend with family and friends. Thanks to the prayers of many, excellent medical care, and a strong will, the gift of time was granted and gratefully received. To paraphrase a quote cited in "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch, Cathy wanted all those who grieve her death to know that "I am not alone – a small part of each of you goes with me and a small part of me will be with you always."

Her family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at St. James Catholic Church, 510 W. Poythress St., Hopewell, VA 23860. A Mass of Christian burial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, also at the church. Interment will follow in Appomattox Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hopewell Food Pantry, 212 E. Broadway St., Hopewell, VA 23860, James House, 1016 Maplewood Ave., Hopewell, VA 23860, or a . Condolences may be registered at www.jtmorriss.com.
Published in The Progress-Index on Sept. 5, 2013
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