Lilly Lorraine Clark Lilly Lorraine Clark passed away on Nov 9th at the age of 77. Lorraine was born in Jumbo Oklahoma in Nov. 1934, and later her family moved to California and settled in Tulare. Lorraine, while attending high school had to help in raising her (9) siblings and then met and married Elmer Clark at the age of 15. Lorraine and Elmer had moved many times up and down California highway 99 in pursuit of many job opportunities all the while taking along whatever children they had, and ended up residing in Tulare with (8) children. Lorraine was a home-maker and while raising her children, she picked cotton to help support the household until she decided to work for Bailey's sewing factory in Visalia, and then for many year's provided house-keeping and janitorial services in the Visalia and Tulare area. Lorraine and Elmer were married 59 years until her loss of Elmer. During these past few years when you visited Lorraine as long as you were willing to talk about any of her flowers and the hummingbirds she would always feed, and the newly arrived weeds popping up in her lawn you had a lengthy conversation. Her other passions were sewing and quilting and taking care of her cat Tiger, and dogs Mickey and Freckles. Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents Kelly and Mary Moore, and brother's Harold Moore, Charles Moore, Clyde Moore, Billy Moore, Ronnie Moore, Virgil Moore and sister Betty Moore Freeman, and her husband Elmer Clark and her daughter Debra Clark. Lorraine is survived by her brother Gene Moore of Fresno, and her sister Francis Moore Adams of Tulare, and her remaining (7) children, Velvadon Clark of Arkansas, Larry Clark of Washington, Don Clark and wife Donna of Kentucky, Mary Clark of Arkansas, Brenda Cook and husband Randy of Washington, Rick Clark of Washington, and Mark Clark and wife Denise of California, and (11) grandchildren and (18) great-grandchildren. Lorraine had been fighting cancer since December 2011 and with many discussion's, she continued to say she couldn't wait until she felt better again. Lorraine left this life with a sense of peace and calm with prayer and loved ones by her side and with the reminder of her hope of the resurrection. Jesus stated, "I am the resurrection and the life. He that exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life. A memorial service will be held on December 1st, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on 100 N Lovers Lane, Visalia CA at 1:30 p.m. Private burial. Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta on Nov. 20, 2012