Lynda Ann Clark|
December 24, 1951 - September 14, 2013
Lynda Ann Clark passed away on Saturday, September 14th at the age of 61. She was born in Baker City, Oregon to Donald R. and Anjeletta Clark and lived there into early adulthood. In 1986, Lynda graduated from Eastern Oregon State College with a BA in English and moved to Salem, Oregon where she went on to receive her Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law in 1989.
After graduation, Lynda worked in several positions that allowed her to bring greater justice and equality to deserving populations. She was an adjunct professor at Willamette Law School and an attorney for Willamette Legal Clinics. She also worked as a deputy district attorney for Marion County, Oregon. Later, she taught life skills and workplace basics to disadvantaged members of the Salem community through her work with the New Workforce Program at Chemeketa Community College. Lynda continued her work with "at-risk" populations both as Director of the Salem Outreach Shelter and as the Director of Legal Aid Service of Oregon, where pro-bono legal services are provided to those who cannot other wise access them.
Lynda enjoyed acting from a very young age and was involved in numerous acting troupes, including the Pentacle Theatre in Salem. She also loved reading, traveling, gardening, and spending time with her family, especially her 3 grandchildren, who brought her endless amounts of joy as well as the perfect excuse to exercise her formidable skills as a seamstress and knitter. A devoted and active member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, she became involved with the Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network serving as the organization's Founding President, compassionately engaging in soul work by helping homeless families locate housing.
Through her work with the UCC and the Interfaith Hospitality Network, Lynda discovered a calling to the ministry. She completed classes at the Northwest House of Theological Studies in Salem in 2006 and went on to attend the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. In 2008 she graduated with a Master's of Divinity and was ordained as a minister in the United Church of Christ on February 1st, 2009. She was called to the Faith United Church of Christ in Indianapolis as their Pastor shortly thereafter. Her feminist and inclusive approaches offered new insights and dynamic liturgy.
Lynda is survived by her mother, Ann Clark; her brother, Wayne Clark and his wife, Laurie; three children: Jeremy Golar and his wife, Arisha, Ruth and Lucien Golar; and three grandchildren: Bailey, Riley, and Elsie Golar. She was preceded in death by her father, Don.
A celebration of her life is scheduled for The Fall Equinox, Sunday, September 22nd at 3 pm at the First Congregational United Church of Christ located at 700 Marion St. NE, Salem, Oregon. Memorial contributions are suggested to Willamette Valley Hospice, the First Congregational United Church of Christ of Salem or The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Sept. 20, 2013