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Rozila Margaret Clark Austin
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Birth: Feb. 29, 1908
Forsyth
Rosebud County
Montana, USA
Death: Dec. 18, 1994
Ferndale
Whatcom County
Washington, USA

Rozila was the sixth child of John Thomas Clark and Johanna Magdelena Steinhilber.

In Rozila's words, her life story:

...I was quite young when losing my parents, ten when my mother, Lena, passed away during the first big flu epidemic in 1918, and then making our home with first Cora, our oldest sister, then Adina, at different times. Later my younger sister, Lena, and I tried to establish some kind of a home for my father, John Clark, and brother Ernest, and we were living temporarily in Big Horn, Wyoming, when my father passed away. I was then fifteen. When we again returned to Montana, we lived with our sisters at different times until I finished high school in Hardin, Montana. I eventually wound up in Great Falls at age twenty, where I met and married George Craig. He being an official of the Milwaukee Railroad, we soon found ourselves transferred to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where Marlin was born. Two years later we returned to Great Falls and the following year George passed away very unexpectedly.

It was then that Marlin and I joined George's mother and younger brother [Earl] in San Antonio, Texas. Two years later we were married and he being an attorney, he received an appointment to Washington, D.C., as attorney for the Dept. of Agriculture. It was during the three years there that my son Don was born. We later returned to Dallas and six months later my sons and I returned to Great Falls, where we were later divorced. This was in 1940.

During World War II, I met and married Dr. Kenneth Austin, a dentist and at that time Captain in the Air Force, stationed in Great Falls. When he was medically discharged from the service because of a heart condition, being from Oregon, we returned to Portland where he joined the staff of the Univ. of Oregon as head of the denture dept. From there he received an appointment as head of the Prosthetic Dept. at Loyola Univ. in Chicago where we spent the next five years. On the advice of his doctor, we found ourselves back on the Coast only in Seattle this time where he was on the staff of the Univ. of Washington. After two years there he felt it adviseable to retire from his dentistry so we returned to Portland. When he passed away in 1970 we were in the motel business.

Marlin, having worked for International Harvester for several years while in Chicago continued to follow his experience as parts and sales manager in heavy equipment repair. He was sales manager of a heavy equipment repair company here when he suddenly became ill and after only three weeks in the hospital, passed away on April 5th of cancer of the liver and lung involvement.

As for myself, I have spent most of my work-a-day life as an executive secretary in various fields but at the time Kenneth passed away, we had purchased a motel on the Coast to give him something to do as he had been retired some eight years. As a consequence I have followed in motel management of some form ever since, until recently. I am now among the retired but hope not for long. Expect to spend the next month doing just what I want to do, including a little traveling, and then hope in spite of my age, I can find someone that will still be willing to hire me. In the motel business, your age isn't as important as your experience.

My greatest hopes are that (son #2) may someday in the not too distant future, be able to return to the States. I do have my sister Adina not too far away but what I can visit her quite often and then too, Margaret, Marlin's wife, still remains very dear to me and doesn't live so very far away, so I'm actually not entirely alone...

Sincerely, Rozila 
 
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 Parents:
  John Thomas Clark (1863 - 1923)
  Johanna Magdelena Steinhilber Clark (1875 - 1918)
 
 Spouses:
  George Stewart Craig (1897 - 1934)
  Earl Burrell Craig (1905 - 1956)
  Kenneth P Austin (1904 - 1970)
 
 Children:
  Marlin Stewart Craig (1932 - 1980)*
  Donald Weston Craig (1937 - 2013)*
 
 Siblings:
  Cora May Clark Johnson (1893 - 1974)*
  John Adam Clark (1897 - 1906)*
  Adina Irene Clark Keithler (1901 - 1982)*
  Ernest Dilworth Clark (1903 - 1990)*
  Rozila Margaret Clark Austin (1908 - 1994)
  Lena Helen Pauline Clark Wolf (1910 - 1960)*
 
*Calculated relationship

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Burial:
Willamette National Cemetery
Portland
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
Plot: R, 0, 380
 
Maintained by: The Girls
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Feb 25, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 305305
Rozila Margaret <i>Clark</i> Austin
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Rozila Margaret <i>Clark</i> Austin
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Rozila Margaret <i>Clark</i> Austin
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Missing you Aunt Rose
- The Girls
 Added: Oct. 3, 2011
 
 
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