Jan 06, 2010 KARNAK, Ill. -- Millie K. Clark, 85, of Karnak, Ill., went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 3, 2010, at 1:56 p.m. in Southgate Nursing Center surrounded by her children, Marcia and Harvey, along with a group of family and friends singing to her as she crossed the finish line. II Timothy 4:7 -- "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith" is the scripture that best described Millie.
Before her health declined to the point she could no longer walk or stand, she loved to sew, cook, bake, make Christmas candy and cookies, and can vegetables and fruit for her family. She was noted for her delicious fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, and her children and grandchildren looked forward to her home canned apple butter that she made each year for them. She was a nurturer and counted it a privilege to be a mother. The love of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family, and friends was only paled by the greatest love of her life, her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She loved her church and took great joy in attending worship services. She loved gospel singing and rarely got together with family that they didn't end up around the piano enjoying her beautiful alto voice. When she began to suffer from dementia and could no longer remember where she was, she could sing every word to all her favorite hymns and choruses.
She retired from the State of Illinois Public Aid, where she started in the Homemaker department and was later promoted to Caseworker III. In 1972 she was awarded Homemaker of the Year by Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie for her "distinguished homemaker service to children."
She was born to Harve and Fonzie Crain on January 11, 1924, in Karnak, Ill., and was greeted by them in Heaven along with three brothers, Bobby, Lewis, and Charles Crain; two sisters, Edith Crain; and, most recently departed, her dearest sister, Mary Baccus. Left to cherish her memory are one brother, Frank Crain and wife, Floe, of Titusville, Fla.; two children, Marcia Schexnider and husband Mike of Lake Charles, La., and Harvey Clark and Julie of Paducah, Ky.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; along with a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2010, at the First Pentecostal Church in Karnak, Ill. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. at the Church with Rev. Ritch Goldizen officiating. Interment will be in the Anderson Cemetery at Boaz, Ill.