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Karen Chandler Clark passed away on May 10, 2013, her 64th birthday. The San Antonio native graduated with honors from Texas Tech University in 1971 with a degree in secondary education. She earned her master's degree at Troy University in Alabama in 1982. Karen met her future husband, Robert T. Clark of San Antonio, while attending Texas Tech. They were married on Jan. 9, 1971. She gave birth to a daughter, Anne, in March 1972, and a son, Robert Jr., in November 1973. Karen was a gifted educator, and taught at every level from preschool to college. She was especially gratified to teach English as a second language to foreign-born wives of soldiers, so that they could write letters to their husbands who were deployed during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. She was a dedicated Army wife. As her husband rose through the ranks from second lieutenant to lieutenant general, Karen was by his side with support and grace. She gave birth to Anne while Lt. Clark was in Vietnam, and she led a family support group for the wives of 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division while he served in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. She was heavily involved in these support groups throughout her service as an Army spouse, and greatly enjoyed "the sisterhood" - the camaraderie of her fellow Army wives. The Army took the Clarks across the globe. Karen particularly enjoyed her time at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii; Fairfax and Fort Myer, Virginia; Fort Benning, Georgia; and Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Gen. Clark had four tours in the fabled 101st Airborne Division from 1987 to 2000. He and Karen developed dear friendships along the way that continue to this day. The Clarks returned home to San Antonio in 2000, when Gen. Clark was deputy commander of 5th Army at Fort Sam Houston, and then commander of U.S. Army, North (ARNORTH). Karen loved being back in her hometown with her father, James Burton Chandler Jr. Retirement from the military didn't end her service; she participated in the Military Civilian Club, a ladies' community organization. She enjoyed the San Antonio Rodeo and performances at the Majestic Theatre, and she rooted for the Spurs. She also enjoyed going back to Lubbock for football games at her beloved alma mater. Karen was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She cherished her time with her six grandchildren: three grandsons from Anne and three granddaughters from Robert Jr. and his wife, Kristie. Her life affected so many others, including all the students she taught and the countless Army wives she loved and supported. Though her family is devastated, we are blessed for the time we had together. Karen is preceded in death by her grandmother, Zella Maude Chandler; her uncle, Jack Chandler; her aunt, Billie Nelson; and her in-laws, Col. H.A. and Frances Clark. She is survived by her father, James Burton Chandler Jr. and his wife, Letha; her husband, Lt. Gen. (retired) Robert T. Clark; her daughter, Anne Clark; her son, Robert T. Clark Jr. and his wife, Kristie; grandsons Ethan, Bailey and Sam Jordan; granddaughters Grace, Merritt and Caroline Clark; and brothers Kyle and Kellis Chandler.
MAY 17, 2013
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1605 WILSON WAY
In lieu of flowers, the Clark family has requested that those who wish to do so may make donations to The National Military Family Association, 2500 N. Van Dorn St., Suite 102, Alexandria, VA 22302-1601 (militaryfamily.org); or the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, 3033 Wilson Blvd., Suite 630, Arlington, VA 22201 (taps.org). Interment in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
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Published in Express-News on May 14, 2013