Marla Clark
1957 - 2020
Marla Denise Clark

Marla Denise Clark, 63, San Francisco, died peacefully 12/11/20, with her sister, Patrice L. Des Pois and brother-in-law, Jon Des Pois with her.
Born 10/16/57 in Glendale, CA, she attended the University of the Pacific, Stockton, and the Design School Academy of Art in S.F., and worked at Reel Grobman. But she was born to cater and entertain, and was owner of "Festivities" from 1990-2015. She proudly joined Heising Simon Foundation in 2015 as office manager. Her breast cancer was diagnosed that same year. Her life was still full of passion, loving, and giving, with an amazing network of worldwide friends she cherished, and who cherished her.
She was preceded in death by mother, Patricia L. Clark; father M. Marlin Clark; and "2nd mother", Donetta C. Clark. She is also survived by her loving nephew, Patrick Beau Des Pois.
The family requests donations be made to local food banks where the donor lives. Marla requested no service, but joyous memories.

Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Jan. 15 to Jan. 17, 2021.
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Oh, how sad! I hadn't been able to reach Marla by phone for the last few months and suspected she might have passed. In every call since she got sick she was cheerful and upbeat. Always interested in what I was doing and always grateful for her many friends and family. She was a little dynamo at work, loved Festivities and loved her clients. We'll all miss her!
Jim Biggs
February 19, 2021
Farewell, farewell my beautiful friend. Marla was my childhood best friend. She was such a sweet happy child and what fun we had toge
ther. How I miss those days and our families friendship. I am so sorry I did not keep in touch. I will always regret that. I know Marla was a Christian and I know we will meet again. I love you Marla. I love you too Patrice.
Cathleen Carter Lefevre
February 18, 2021
My sincerest condolences Patrice, John and Beau. Marla was an incredible woman and a loyal friend.
I have so many fond memories with her. I pray that the beautiful memories you have of her will bring you comfort and peace.
Shelby Young Hebert
February 15, 2021
I am deeply saddened by Marla's passing. I only just found out today. I met Marla doing chemotherapy because we both had triple negative breast cancer. She was always so positive and kind. After I was done with chemotherapy, we stayed in touch. The last time I saw her was on November 13, 2019. My husband and I brought her a burger (dry bun, cheddar cheese, with lettuce and tomato). We got the order correct. However, it was supposed to be from Buffalo Burgers on Geary Street, but we went to Native Burger by mistake. We had a quick visit that day which included a photoshoot. I have included one of the pictures we took.
Later that day, she texted, "Just was texting my sis about you and how my illness has brought me so many unexpected gifts. You and yours are two of them. Good night sweet gal." I don't think she felt that well when we visited, but you can tell from her text that she was always encouraging. She said she knew God and his angels were watching over us. She still stayed positive even though she had some really tough times. She was inspiring. The world has lost a gem, a beautiful gem, for sure. I will see you again, my sweet friend. I am ending by quoting her, "I love you more and I think you are a beauty inside and out."

Until we meet again, Lisa
Lisa Vargas
January 23, 2021
I think about her every day.
I helped her cater a few events and she was always like a big sister to me. I returned to Canada in 2009, but I called her every year, hoping I will get to hug her again eventually . I was planning to visit so she could meet my son, but with the Covid and all we were hoping for this year. Sadly, life decided otherwise, I am devastated.
She was such a pure and beautiful soul.
I want to give my deepest condolences to Patrice and the family, the friends, everyone.
I’d like to keep in touch, so she stays with among us through memories. I never got a chance to meet her close ones and I would be honored to.

Thank you for everything, Marla, you were and always be my big sister. I love you, safe travels ❤

(PS. If anyone could send me pictures of Marla for my remembrance book, please, I would love some. My email is [email protected]
I am the French Canadian that used to work for her at Festivities in 2007-2009)
Evie Morissette
January 19, 2021
My dear Marla was one of the most sweetest people I have ever known. That cherub face and biggest smile....would melt anyone that encountered her. We had many a good times in the 80's . She was a hard worker and never said no... I can't get this done. I have thought about her over the years and spoke to her early on after my departure from SF. My buddy asked me today, if this was my friend. Sadly I said yes. My condolences to the family
RIP our Beauty!
January 17, 2021
In loving memory of a dear friend. Will miss you always.
January 16, 2021
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