Fran Clark

It is with great sadness we announce that Fran passed peacefully to join the Lord on Dec. 3, 2013. She was preceded in death by parents John and Lorena King and sister Dorothy King Stuckey. She is survived by loving husband of 49 years, Dr. John R. Clark; sister-in-law Cynthia Corsi; brother-in-law Tracy Clark; nieces Susie Schmeda, Kitty Defreeuw, Shelley McManus, Julie Homyak, Missy McMinn, Kimberly Clark; nephews Reb Clark, David Corsi and Jim Nagle and canine companions Max and Laddy. Fran spent her early years in Indianapolis, Ind. She attended Butler University, where she received a bachelors and masters degree in psychology. She spent 26 years in Las Vegas, NM (1964-1992). While there, she founded a Community Crisis Center at Highlands University, where she worked. She and John spent two wonderful years in New Zealand (1970-1972) where she was a psychologist at Cherry Farm Hospital. They moved to Las Cruces in 1992, where she worked at the Community of Hope. She was active in a movement for accessible universal health care for southern NM and was proactive in obtaining services for the Native American population. Her wisdom, experience and devotion to St. Andrews Episcopal Church placed her in the highly honored Daughters of The King. She described herself as gifted in her ability to develop and maintain close friendships, of which she had many. She was a talented poet, attended a weekly poetry group and was published several times. She was active and had many friends in the High Hopes Garden Club, which she greatly enjoyed. She was also active in the League of Women Voters. Fran was a very spiritual person and spread love and caring to her many friends and family. She will be sorely missed. The memorial service for Fran will be at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Jan. 18, 2014 at 1 p.m. Below is one of her poems:
"Think it not Strange"
When I was younger, living was the focus and death appeared to be an unfamiliar type of interruption. We tried to live in such a way as not to die. Later, we know that death could come that night or some tomorrow. And yet, we still forgot as living's hurry caught us up slow and happy dancing. And now, and now, I wonder at the talk, all the conversations about ways to make certain that one could live a little longer.

Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Dec. 15, 2013