Janada Clark died peacefully in her home surrounded by friends and family in Menlo Park on April 26th after a courageous battle with cancer. Janada is survived by her devoted husband, Tom Clark; her children: David Hicks, his wife Bella and their two children, Lily and Gemma from Menlo Park; Stephen Hicks and his wife Samantha from San Diego; Tom Clark, his wife Julia and their children Drake, Ashley and Tommy from Vancouver, WA; and Kelly Clark and her partner Mr. Joan Fabrégot from Lyon, France; her brother, Jack Berghouse his wife Susan and their children Brittany and Marc from Redwood City; her cousins: Mark Berghouse from Australia and Edward and Jim Shilleto from Bakersfield; her first husband Bruce Hicks, his wife Sally, their daughter Mary and granddaughter Aiyana from Santa Cruz; and Bruce's sister Elaine and her son Matt from Stockton. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Jessie Berghouse, who were longtime Redwood City residents.
Janada was born on August 11, 1949, in South San Francisco. She graduated from El Camino High School and attended California State University, Hayward where she obtained a BS in Early Childhood Development and a Lifetime California Teaching Credential. She obtained her Master's Degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Azusa Pacific University.
Janada's first career was as an airline stewardess with Trans International Airlines. She next returned to the Bay Area to work with her mother, Jessie Berghouse, at Transfiguration Children's Day Care in San Mateo. After her mother retired Janada held various positions over the course of her career including becoming a Baby Care Specialist and Toddler Instructor with DayOne Baby in Palo Alto, teaching parenting classes at Stanford University, and acting as the director of Confident Kids/Confident Parents in Menlo Park. Janada was also a certified Life Coach and worked one on one with many parents in the Bay Area to resolve their child rearing challenges. Janada is also remembered by numerous local families for the after school day care program she held in her home for many years.
Janada was passionate about equipping parents to become more effective and successful in their parenting. She believed it was important for parents to create a loving, empathetic and positive environment in the home. Shortly before she became ill, Janada became inspired to reach out to a wider audience by writing a book about her experience with parent education. The result was the best seller parenting book entitled REIN IN YOUR RASCAL. In her book she shared knowledge gained from her many years of childhood education and her experience as a parent, step-parent, day care provider, teacher and life coach. She also included heartwarming and inspiring stories from parents who had benefited from her guidance.
Janada loved people and was always keen to find a way to get family and friends together. Thus, there were many happy gatherings at her home to celebrate holidays, birthdays, weddings, graduations and other special events. Janada was the social organizer for these events, calendaring dates around the needs of the various blended families. Christmas was a particularly busy time in the Clark household, with church events, day care Santa parties, white elephant parties, singing at the Veterans Hospital, Christmas Eve, the eve of Christmas Eve, and of course, Christmas Day itself. In addition to family gatherings Janada also enjoyed ballroom dancing, playing with her grandchildren Lily and Gemma, and helping Tom train their dog, Jessie.
Janada was a devout Christian who attended Menlo Presbyterian Church regularly for many years. She was also a frequent speaker about issues facing single parents such as divorce, co-parenting and blended families in the church's Divorce Recovery class. Janada made sure that her children, niece and nephew all participated in Menlo Presbyterian childhood ministries, and both she and her husband Tom volunteered to help out in youth classes and other activities at the church.
A celebration of Janada's life is planned for this summer. Those wishing to attend or to send condolences may send an e-mail to email@example.com. Family will respond with the celebration details once they are confirmed. The information will also be posted on Janada's Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The family would like to thank Stanford Hospital and in particular Dr. Gilbert Chu for his compassionate and exceptional care of Janada and the entire family. View the online memorial for Janada Clark