Berdena Elaine Clark was born on October 16, 1928 in Grinnell, Iowa to Edward and Minnie Lincoln. Elaine was cared for by Rebecca in her home in Del Norte, Colorado until the angels carried her to heaven March 5th. Growing up on a farm during The Depression gave Elaine the skills and drive to develop many amazing talents. Her music career bloomed early with singing in choirs and playing the french horn in high school and at Doane College. All her life she sang and whistled for various Christian and secular groups. High points in her musical career came in her early twenties singing in the Easter sunrise services at Red Rocks and later when she whistled in numerous international competitions. When in her 70's, she whistled a duet with Claudia, her daughter, on America's Got Talent, starred as Mother Superior in The Sound of Music production in Castle Rock and performed in nursing homes. Age did not prevent her from entering the Ms. Colorado Senior Competition or whistling the Battle Hymn of the Republic at Lake George Church to a standing ovation, when she was in her 80's! Another dream came true when she was able to sing in a seventy member choir at Littleton United Methodist Church in Litttleton, Colorado.
Elaine and her husband, Bradford J. Clark, were together in spirit and love for sixty-nine years before he stepped into eternity in 2016. Together they served the Lord in the azarene Church and Gideons International. They thrived in organic gardening together, raising chickens and building an earth-bermed house in Sterling, Colorado with the help of their sons. To build their dream house complete with free-flying finches, Elaine received her degree in construction from Northeastern Junior College. Elaine's imaginative spirit and love of color were evidenced in her Tole paintings, homemade soaps, beautiful sewing creations, and in opening her home to guests with luscious, hearty meals. She filled her table and home with fragrant flowers she grew in her garden. This creative and spiritual legacy lives on in her children, Rebecca Clark-Boll of Del Norte, Colorado, Bradford Jeffery Clark of Castle Rock, Colorado, Timothy Hunter Clark of Mission Bay, California, Debra Jean Mintener (deceased), Daniel Howard Clark (Marilyn) of Wilmore, Kentucky and Claudia Rae Hutcheon of Florence, Colorado. Elaine adored her eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation, 10:30AM-11:00AM, Funeral Service immediately following, 11:00AM, Friday, March 19, 2021, The Connection Church of the Nazarene, 1300 Park Street, Castle Rock, Colorado 80109. Interment, Bear Cañon Cemetery, 397 North Perry Park Road, Sedalia, Colorado 80135. Memorial contributions in Elaine's memory may be given to The Gideons International (gideons.org/donate
). Arrangements by The Springs Funeral Services, 3115 East Platte Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909 www.tsfs.co.