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Mary A Clark

October 13, 1925May 14, 2020

Mary A. Clark, 94, of Columbus, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 14th 2020 at Four Seasons Health Care Center. She was born on October 13, 1925 in Galesburg, Illinois to George M. and Susie H Clark. She graduated from Oneida High School in 1943. She then attended and graduated from Monmouth College and later obtained her Master’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University. Mary was a school teacher for many years. She taught in Hamilton, IL, Eureka, IL, and Gary, IN for 25 years before beginning her teaching career in Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation for 39 years. She taught Music and Choir at Columbus East High School in Columbus, IN from 1967-2006 where she organized and directed various musical plays and productions. Mary was a dedicated and active supporter of the Musical Arts throughout her lifetime. She was an expert piano player, a member and director of the silver tones senior choir, and a teacher evaluator for Indiana University. Mary was the recipient of the Golden Baton Award, given by the Columbus, Indiana philharmonic in 2007, and was honored by the city of Columbus with the Proclamation for Mary Clark Day in 2018 for her dedication and service to the community. For decades, she was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Indiana and the adult choir. She was an avid world traveler, visiting many places, including England, Egypt, China, Antarctica, Africa, and many others. She led an active and fulfilled life and will be missed by many. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, and two brothers. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. At the request of the deceased cremation will occur and her ashes will be interred at First Presbyterian Church Columbarium in Columbus, Indiana. At a later date there will be a memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church.

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Brenda Dishinger

May 24, 2020

My sincere condolences to Mary's family. "Miss Clark" was my highschool choir instructor at CEHS! I have great memories of Mary directing concert, swing choirs and musical activities with myself and my siblings, then again watching her perform years later in the community! She has definitely touched this community!

Alicis Hitchcock

May 21, 2020

I still wear a hat in the winter because of Miss Clark. Very fond memories from CEHS and her. She is part of who I am today. God bless Miss Clark and rest peacefully.

Julie Tempest Das

May 20, 2020

Miss Clark was my music teacher in high school. She was one of my favorite teachers. She was a perfectionist for sure and always wanted us to do our best. I have many fond memories of her and will never forget her. She will be remembered and missed.

Beth Tempest-Fuller

May 20, 2020

Mary was my sisters and my music teacher for years at Columbus East High School.
She was an excellent teacher and my sisters and I played the piano for her at various times as needed. Mary also lived down the street from us and we attempted to be on good behavior in the neighborhood.
May the Lord bless Mary’s family and friends.

Pictured - Blake & Beth Fuller

Ashley Ryan

May 20, 2020

I got the privilege to meet Mary when I did clinicals at four seasons for CNA class. She was a pistol. She played music for me a couple of times, which I really enjoyed. Her favorite word to say to me was what-ever!!!!!! I will miss you Mary. RIP Mary. You will be missed by many people..

Cindy Merris-Smith

May 19, 2020

I was in Miss Clark's choirs at East for all three years and learned so much from her. I also was privileged to enjoy singing under her direction in a number of performances as an adult through Senior Center and Mill Race Players (even got used to calling her "Mary"!) None of us who had her as a teacher ever forgot to sit up straight with our feet on the floor, pencils at the ready and to raise our hand if we made a mistake! So many wonderful times enjoying music with Mary. God's blessings to her family.

Neil Kaplan

May 19, 2020

I remember Miss Clark as a great teacher with a great disposition
A sweet woman.
May she Rest In Peace

Rev. Derrick Anderson

May 19, 2020

Ms. Clark taught me so many things about music and singing that I continue to use and teach others to this date. I joined her Concert Music Class and Magical Swingers at Horace Mann HS in 1968. She knew and believed in me when my own parents had doubt. In 1971 right after graduation she needed a house sitter and someone to watch her dog Dominic. She asked my best friend and I if we would do it. We readily agreed but our parents weren’t on board. We all had a meeting and Ms Clark explained to our parents that she probably knew us better than they did. She went on to explain that for the past three years she had spent countless hours, days, mornings, evenings, weekends and month Working with us in preparation for concerts, musicals, community outreach singing, Christmas caroling, occasionally singing at her church on Sunday mornings. She was able to tell our parents things about us that they didn’t know , and she told them she knew we were mature and well rounded enough to house sit for two weeks, which actually ended up being 6 weeks. She will live on forever in the hearts and minds of the thousands of young people she was blessed to teach and mentor. My prayers are with the family, may God Bless and comfort you.

Shirley Phares

May 19, 2020

I was sad to hear of the passing of Mary.
I met Mary at the Mill Race Center when I participated in a talent contest fun raiser. She was very talented and we will all miss her.
Rest in peace Mary.

Maria Barraza-Gardner

May 19, 2020

I truly remember Ms. Clark.. . . .as my 8th grade choir teacher.. . .I learned several American beautiful songs. . . .I am not a singer (by any means) but she taught me how to sing and appreciate old American songs. I will always cherish those memories and may Ms. Clark rest in peace. A wonderful, sweet, music teacher.


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