Mary Linda Clark
August 28, 1936 – March 8, 2019
Clark, Mary “Linda” Willis, age 82, went home to be with Our Lord and Savior on Friday, March 8, 2019. Linda was born on August 28, 1936 in Arcadia, Florida while growing up in Boca Grande, Florida. Linda graduated from Boca Grande High school in 1954 where she met the love of her life Richard Clark. Richard and Linda were married in Boca Grande on September 5, 1953 and later moved to Tampa, Florida where she was a stay at home wife and mother raising their four children. In 1969 Linda went to work for Hillsborough County Schools with a passion for teaching and caring for all children. In addition Linda taught Sunday school, Vacation Bible School and taught at Palm River Baptist Church’s private school. During Linda’s years of teaching she also attended Hillsborough Community College and received her Certificate of Proficiency for Child Development in 1980. After Linda retired from the Hillsborough County School System she and Papa Richard continued to care for children in her licensed home daycare until 2012. Linda is best known as “Nana”. Linda had such a precious soul. She was a woman of God who diligently and faithfully served the Lord and was a prime example of a Christian, A Heart of Gold and loved unconditionally and gave unselfishly. She planted seeds in so many lives of those she touched and was a true blessing to so many.
Linda is survived by her son, Rick Clark (Sandy); daughters, Denise Coleman-Guthrie (Ron), Nancy Moser (Jack); grandchildren, Jeremy, Thomas, Jesse, Stephanie, Travis and Lindsay; ten great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and extended family. Linda was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Richard Wayne Clark, Sr. in which they shared 59 wonderful years of marriage; daughter, Linda Janice Lockamy; father, A.W. Willis; mother, Flora V. (nee Cunningham) Willis; sisters, Vernice Rodriguez, Ruby Scott; brother, Robert Willis.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, March 15, 2019 at Bell Shoals Baptist Church- Palm River Campus, 5415 Palm River Road Tampa, FL 33619, interment to follow in Hillsboro Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Friday from 10-11 a.m. at the church.
Flowers will be accepted or you can make a donation in Memory of Linda Clark to: Bell Shoals Baptist Church- Palm River Campus Children's Program.
- A.W. Willis, Father
- Flora V. Cunningham Willis, Mother
- Richard Wayne Clark Sr., Husband
- Linda Janice Lockamy, Daughter
- Vernice Rodriguez, Sister
- Ruby Scott, Sister
- Robert Willis, Brother
- Rick and wife, Sandy Clark, Son
- Denise Coleman-Guthrie and husband, Ron, Daughter
- Nancy Moser, Daughter
- Also surviving are her six grandchildren, Jeremy, Thomas, Jesse, Stephanie, Travis and Lindsay; ten great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and extended family. ;
- Bell Shoals Baptist Church- Palm River Campus Children's Program
- Visitation Friday, March 15, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, March 15, 2019
Mary Linda Clark
March 18, 2019
Today we try to start our new normal without you with us but we now that one day as God calls us home one by one we will see you again. We have been blessed to have had the Godly parents we had. You and Dad were a force to recon with you stayed strong as parents and always respected each other. We learned at an early age love, kindness and respect for everyone we met. I am so thankful for that. You taught us valuable lessons in life without saying a word. God was always a part of our daily life and home was a safe place to live and be who God intended us to be. Now you are pain free and rejoicing in heaven with your savior and all who have gone before you. Mom we will do as you asked stay close and love each other. Dee, Rick and Nancy........how could we not love each other you taught us well.
Your final words to us "Thy will be done."
March 17, 2019
I miss you so much. A week has passed and not sure how to somehow get back to living without your physical presence. I know you are looking down on me and have already left signs you are still with us in some ways. I miss your hugs, kisses and nightly prayers. You have taught me so much in life and gave me so much love. I am forever grateful for the Godly and Faithful parents I had. I know you are now onboard that train in Heaven with Nannie, Grandpa, Jan, your siblings and other Family. But most of all you are back with Dad. I know these last 7 years have been hard for you to go on without him but somehow you did and I am thankful for those years we had with you. Your strength and love for every generation of this Family is undeniable. We definitely feel a void. But I know I will see you again someday. I miss our prayers and discussions on what I was asking of God and what I should pray. Thy Will was done. He has healed you in his way not mine. But I am at peace knowing God showed us that morning you passed His love for us from dying on the cross and that is what matters.
You are with your Lord and Savior now.
Until we meet again
I love you and will miss you everyday
March 13, 2019
So sorry to hear Linda has passed. She was my wonderful "right-hand" as my Kindergarten para. We had many fun times together with "our kids". Rest in peace, dear Linda!
March 12, 2019
I can only imagine the joy you have in heaven right now. You are back with the love of your life and your family. My heart has peace knowing God called you home and has made you whole. A new and perfect body. I miss you and love you. I will hold our memories in my heart forever ❤️