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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Lynda Dosher

December 18, 2020

Miss Clark was my favorite teacher. She was tough in many ways and I love her still because of the self-discipline that she instilled in her students. When we became winners at so many music contests, we knew why! She taught us to be winners!! We gave our best to her choirs because she required our best. I became an educator and administrator because of her influence! Thank you, Miss Clark

Shirley Leuthold

August 24, 2020

Miss Clark was my choral director at Eureka High School in 1951, 52, and 53, and had a huge impact on my life. She had a number of requirements if you wanted to be in choir or of which was wearing a hat or scarf from the first frost until mother's day, if I remember correctly. She drove a Studebaker that she named "Shasta"......because Shasta have gas and Shasta have oil! Miss Clark had control over her students, and she did it with love. She was our teacher and friend. I'm blessed to have MANY precious memories of her.

Beth Bottorff

June 11, 2020

Ms. Clark was one of my favorite teachers of all time. I am so grateful to have been a student in her classes. She exposed her students to important cultural and spiritual lessons through music, a gift I have cherished since my time at Columbus East HS, 1983.
Condolences and light the family who loved her. She was a blessing.
Beth A. Bottorff, Pleasant Hill, CA

Linda Oliverio Holloman

June 4, 2020

Mrs. Clark was my music teacher for 4 years at Columbus East. I enjoyed being in small group choirs and large group choirs for all 4 years. Mrs. Clark was so good at picking out songs for us to sing. I treasure the moments that songs randomly come to my mind that she had us sing. "Blue Skies" was one of my favorites. Also, she picked many Christian songs.

I am so grateful for Mrs. Clark. She made a profound impact on my life. She will always hold a special place in my heart.

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.