Susan Shaw Clark of Ashfield, MA, daughter of the late William A. and Alexandra (Graham) Shaw, born July 4, 1951 died unexpectedly on December 22, 2013 at home. She will be dearly missed by her husband of 36 years Brian E. Clark and children Cameron Clark of Philadelphia, PA and MacKenzie Clark of East Boston, MA. Susan grew up in Middleton, MA and was a 1973 graduate of Clark University, Worcester, MA and received Montessori Training in Toronto Canada in 1973-4. She served as the directress of the Lost Nation Montessori school in Lancaster, NH from 1974-6. Susan and family lived in the Rochester, MN area from 1977-2007, with the exception of 1999-2001 when the family resided in the Heidelberg area of Germany. While residing in Germany she became fluent in German and traveled extensively with family and friends in Europe. After moving to Minnesota Susan founded and co-owned a Montessori school in Austin, MN for several years before becoming a social worker for Olmstead County in 1986 until 1999, doing day care licensing, foster home placement and related jobs. Susan and Brian located back to Massachusetts in 2007, to the Clark farm in Ashfield where she had been pursuing her lifelong passion for sewing, especially quilting. She was a talented and active member of the local Quilting Guild and a beautiful selection of her quilts were featured on the stage of the Town Hall during the 2013 Ashfield Fall Festival. She was a current member of the Ashfield Board of Health and of the Ashfield Fall Festival Committee, continuing a lifetime of child care, teaching, and public service for which she was highly regarded by all who knew and worked with her. She leaves a brother; David Shaw and his wife Sally of Marblehead, MA; two sisters, Jane Carpenter of East Greenwich, RI and Margot Nuissl of Uxbridge, MA; a cousin Sally Garrigan of Kenosha, WI and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her. A memorial service is planned for a future date, yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations instead be sent to the family of Susan's nephew, Isaac Clark who recently suffered severe injuries as the result of an accident. The Isaac Clark Fund at Greenfield Savings Bank, 400 Main St., PO Box 1537, Greenfield, MA 01302 Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home of Shelburne Falls is assisting the family. To send a message of condolence to Susan's family, please visit www.smithkelleherfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Tri-Town Transcript from Dec. 24 to Dec. 31, 2013