Jun. 13, 2002 Washington City District of Columbia District Of Columbia, USA
Preceded by husband Tom C. Clark, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice, died peacefully in her home in Washington, DC., on June 13, 2002. She was 100 years old. Born in Cleburne, Tx., on April 29, 1902, the daughter of William F. and Rowana Hill Ramsey. Her father served as a Judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, a Justice on the Texas Supreme court, and the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Mary met her husband while attending the University of Texas in Austin and they married in 1924. They first lived in Dallas where Mr. Clark established his law practice. They had three children: Tom C. Clark, Jr.; Ramsey Clark; and Mimi Clark. When Government service called, the Clarks went to Washington, DC and served in the Department of Justice. In 1937 Tom Clark was the first person to have worked his way up through the ranks of the Department of Justice and became U.S. Attorney General when President Harry Truman appointed him to the position in 1945. In 1949, Truman appointed him as Associate Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court. He served for eighteen years, resigning in 1967 when President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed their son Ramsey Clark U.S. Attorney General. Mary Clark was a lady whose charm and warmth were admired and appreciated by all who knew her. She was devoted to her family and was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Mrs. Clark was preceded by her husband Tom C. Clark on June 13, 1977. They were married for 53 years. Their son Tom died in 1932. Survivors include two children, Ramsey Clark and Mimi Clark Gronlund; daughter-in-law Georgia Clark; gandchildren Ronda Clark, Thomas C. Clark II, Gail Gronlund, Laurie Mortenson, Mary Gronlund, Julie Gronlund, Susie Baker and their spouses; and her great-grandchildren, who were the light of her life in recent years, Whitney, Taylor, and Paige Clark; Cory and Mary Ramsey Byrne; Jeanine and Kelly Ann Shea; and Noelle and Joshua Baker.