|Birth: ||Dec. 22, 1922|
|Death: ||Dec. 16, 2003|
Norma (Collins) Clark was born on December 22, 1922 in Massachusetts to Anna and James Damian Collins and died December 16, 2003 in Tacoma, Washington. Hers is a life to be celebrated.
Norma grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, part of a large, loving Irish family. Married to Cecil D. Clark on March 5, 1943 in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, they had three daughters, when the family moved to Tacoma, Washington in 1949 where they joined Visitation Parish and had five more children. Norma cooked in the lunchrooms of Meeker Junior High and Stadium High School; she later worked as a library assistant at Kobetich Public Library. Known for her green thumb, Norma was a Master Gardener and was known as well for her cinnamon rolls, which won a Blue Ribbon at the Puyallup County Fair in 2000. She and Cecil instilled in their children a great love for the Pacific Northwest and the outdoors, as well as a love of learning. Cecil and Norma were avid square dancers; Norma had a lifetime commitment to an Arlington School PTA group and to Brownies.
Norma was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 51 years, Cecil D. Clark. She is survived by her daughters Ann (Gary) Ficca, and their children Tom (Ilene), Mark (Lisa), and Julie (Cameron) Nicol; Kathy (John) Gehrt, and their daughters Jennifer Gehrt and Colleen (John) Moffitt; Jean (David) Stewart, and their daughter Trina (Alex) Cannon; Patricia (Stan Krohmer) Clark; and Christina (Vince Mazeika) Clark; and by her sons Daniel (Kathryn) Clark, and their daughters Danielle and Megan; by John (Shirley) Clark, and their children Emily, Jesse, Corianne; and by Michael (Staci) Clark, and their sons Ryan and Jack. Norma's seven great-grandchildren survive as well: Cameron, Taylor, and Shelby Ann Ficca; Rebecca Mullins, Cassie Nicol; and Sam and Kate Moffitt. Norma is also survived by nephew Dan (Cindy) Clark and their children Kilee and Adrianne; her sister Jean (Ralph) Fletcher of South Hadley, Massachusetts, and her brothers William Collins, Malden Massachusetts, and John (Jane) Collins, Ashton, Maryland, and sister-in-law Joan Collins; as well as by many beloved nieces and nephews of Massachusetts and the East Coast.
Her sisters Mary Collins and Ruth (Paul) McCullough and brothers James (Winnie) and Edward Collins preceded her in death and will welcome a reunion along with ‘Cec".
Her cat companion Gracie will miss her, as Norma grieved the death recently of cat George. As Norma honored us in her loving life, may we honor her by cherishing all children, by planting a garden or pruning a rose, by petting a cat, by cooking a savory meal (especially salmon), by reading a good book, by gathering on a birthday or a holiday with those you love. Peace be to her memory.
A celebration of her life will be held on her 81st birthday, Monday, December 22 at Church of the Visitation, 3314 South 58th Street, Tacoma, at 1 p.m. 253-473-4960. Internment at Oakwood Cemetery following the celebration of Norma's life. Arrangements by Piper-Morley-Mellinger Funeral Directors, 253-472-3353. Memorial gifts may be made to Humane Society or to Master Gardeners Program or Wright's Park.
Pub Date: 12/19/2003
Cecil Delaine Clark (1920 - 1995)*
Kathleen Ann Clark Gehrt (1946 - 2014)*
Note: Other name on marker is: Cecil D. Clark
Oakwood Hill Cemetery
Maintained by: Nancy Stout
Originally Created by: Robbyn
Record added: Jun 05, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14521122
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