Mary Emily (Bridenthal) Clark

August 28, 1937November 24, 2021

Mary Emily (Bridenthal) Clark, 84, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, wife of Marion Lewis Clark, died on Wednesday, November 24, 2021. She was born August 28, 1937, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the eldest daughter of Carl and Hazel Bridenthal. Mary is survived by her husband, Marion Clark; their four children, Michael (Shari) Clark of Jacksonville, Florida, Melissa (Thom Albright) Stout of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Robert (Lynn) Clark of Spring Hill, Tennessee, and James (Becky) Clark of Houston, Texas. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Kyle Clark, Brittany (Harrison) Stubbs, Alexa Clark, Trisha Clark, Hannah Clark and Emma Clark. In addition, she is survived by two sisters, Sara Sanders of St. Louis, Missouri and Robbie Riley of Little Rock, Arkansas.

After graduating from North Little Rock High School, North Little Rock, AR in 1955, she married Marion Clark on September 24, 1955, and they had four children. She was active in all school, church and community activities. After her youngest child entered school, she went back to college and received a BS in History from the University of Central Arkansas. She then received a Masters Degree in American History from the University of Memphis, as well as completing all course work except her dissertation to obtain her PhD in History from the same University. She was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, the Martha Circle of the same church, a member of the PEO Sisterhood Chapter CP, Angola Garden Club, Angola Historical Society, United Daughters of the Confederacy in Prairie Grove, AR and was a member of the Pokagon Chapter of DAR in Angola, IN. In addition, she was an avid reader, belonging to the Angola Book Review Club, was a lover of nature, interested in gardening, especially herbs, worked on her family genealogy, and kept up with local and national politics. She dearly loved her husband, all of her children and grandchildren.

Memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2417 Getz Rd, Fort Wayne (Indiana 46804) with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior. Additional visiting time will be from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 10, 2021 at D.O. McComb and Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, Fort Wayne.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Matthew 25 or Community Humane Shelter of Steuben County.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Mary Emily (Bridenthal) Clark

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Sherry Willeford

December 2, 2021

Mom and I were just reminiscing how our families met .. mom played cards , bridge she thinks at the club with Mary as we kids would swim ..I remember spending the night when y’all lived out in the country ..always so much going on with 4 kids and always so much fun .Glena worked at the children’s store for her. Our prayers are with all of you .. seems quite a few of us have lost a parent this year😢😇 love to Marion , Mike , Missy , Robert and Jimmy ( that’s how I remember you guys❤️)
Joann , Glena and Sherry

Kevin Clark

November 30, 2021

Aunt Mary was such a joy to be around. She loved good conversation and loved to laugh. She will be missed!

Robyn Adkisson

November 30, 2021

I think my favorite/funny memory of Aunt Mary was when I was maybe 10 and I spent a weekend with them in Cabot and tried to buy Nair at the store close by…they called and asked if it was okay and of course she said no! I laugh every time I think about that! She was sure good to me and I loved her! Fly high Aunt Mary and I’ll see you when I get there.

Debbie Middleton

November 28, 2021

She was a special aunt who always treated me just like a Clark even though I was a “step”.. .. I’ll never forget all the fun things our family did on the “hill” in Arkansas.. and all the memories I have over the years… she’ll be missed by so many ..

Ginny Stevens

November 27, 2021

I had the privilege to know Mary and Marion through the Angola United Methodist Church. What a solid-in-their-faith couple. Be rest assured Mary has reached Paradise! May God comfort those who knew and loved her.

Sherry Albright

November 26, 2021

I met Mary & Marion 4 years ago & wish I could have known them sooner. Mary was a joy to be with. I know she will be greatly missed by her family & many friends. I'm grateful to have gotten to know her even for such a brief time.