OBITUARY

Nancy Drury Clark

June 2, 1933June 10, 2019

Nancy Drury McCullough Clark, 86, died June 10, 2019, at UAMS Hospital, as a result of a fall. A resident of Little Rock, she was the daughter of Murray and Martha McCullough (both deceased). Nancy was the oldest of seven children and was born June 2, 1933, in South Bend, Indiana. Nancy grew up in Little Rock and graduated from Little Rock Senior High School (now Central) in 1951. She obtained a degree in elementary education from UAF in 1955 and taught in Sylvan Hills, Little Rock (Trinity Episcopal School), Tampa Florida, and Boston, Massachusetts .She gave up teaching with the birth of her first child, Murray, in Germany.

Nancy and Richard Clark married in 1957 and had four outstanding children, all now professionals. They are Murray (Rusty), Raymond (Debbie), Diana and Brett. She is survived by them, her husband of 61 years, five grandchildren, one sister and two brothers.

She was an outdoor person, a nature lover, and a self-professed tree hugger. She enjoyed swimming, canoeing, nature walks, and bird watching. Her greatest accomplishment (in addition to her children) was the halting of a major traffic corridor along the Arkansas River, displacing Rebsamen Park Road. This highway would have destroyed Murray Park and seriously damaged Rebsamen Golf course. One day in 1988, while walking her dog Snooky, she noticed some orange/red flags near the lock and dam. She inquired and - the flags had been placed there to mark the highway to downtown!! Nancy mobilized a campaign, and with enormous help from from other individuals and organizations, including the Audubon Society and League of Women Voters, she stopped the project. The struggle was presented in great detail in the Arkansas Times, October 18.2018. She was active in the League of Women Voters and the Gilbert Marshal Chapter of the DAR. Nancy and Richard joined the Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock in 1967 and found it congenial, supportive. Affectionate and rational.

Visitation will be held Friday evening, June 14, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth Funeral Home, 5800 W. 12th Street. Funeral Services will be at 2:00 PM, at UUCLR, 1818 Reservoir Road, Little Rock, Saturday, June 15 with Pastor Jan Nielsen officiating. Pallearers: Jeff Nash • Paul Nolte, Nathan Clark, David Clark. David McCullough, Bill Kimpel .Memorials may be made to UUCLR or the Audubon Society

Services

  • Visitation Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 15, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, June 15, 2019

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Vicky Kessel

June 17, 2019

So sorry that Nancy is gone. We met Nancy and Richard around the time we moved to Little Rock, 20 years ago, at the UU church. Nancy never “tooted her own horn” about her civic and environmental involvements, but what I learned from others sure was impressive. I will miss her.
Vicky Kessel
(Fellow UU and part-time member of the lunch bunch)

Valerie McNee

June 16, 2019

John and I were deeply saddened when we learned of Nancy's passing. We send our condolences to Richard and the rest of the family. I am sorry we could not attend the memorial service, but we were out of town.

Frances "Ruth' Landers (Day)

June 14, 2019

I am posting this for my mother. She wanted to call the family, but I didn't know what number to give her. She is in assisted living. If you are comfortable with giving her a number, she would appreciate it.
For Ruth

Kim and L.J. Brand

June 14, 2019

As friends (and cohorts) of Murray since high school, we will always remember Nancy’s graciousness and kindness. She was loving, encouraging, and supportive, and her fondness of our daughter Leah is appreciated to this day. Our deepest sympathy to you.

Susie Braucksieker

June 13, 2019

Nancy was a favorite friend from school days, and our friendship lasted through the years. I genuinely liked her and thought she was the perfect mate for Dick. Lee and I send heartfelt condolences to all of Nancy’s loved ones.

Nola Newton

June 13, 2019

Dear Dr. Clark, I wanted to say how sorry I am to hear about the loss of your mother. My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with you and your family. Nola

Douglas Young

June 13, 2019

Dear Richard,
I want to send you my sympathy & condolences in your loss of Nancy. She was a remarkable woman and very active in many good causes, as you well know. Would that we had many more of her!
Most sincerely,
Douglas Young
Conway, AR

Joe Martin

June 13, 2019

I remember Nancy as one of the special persons of our class. Although our lives took separate paths after high school, I always enjoyed seeing her and Dick at class reunions.

Don Castleberry

June 13, 2019

We were in 8th grade at West Side Jr. High, when I first met Nancy. She sat in front of me in, I believe, Latin class. The source of my rapt attention was her long, black, hair, in TWO 'pigtails' -the only girl in school with those. We then shared High School and College, graduating together at Fayetteville. Sharing her 'tree hugger' interests, I was immensely impresssed and proud of her accomplishments - Particularly the protection of our first class trails system.
Nancy's is a prime example of a life well lived. She and Richard were always favorites among our classmates at our reunions. My most sincere sympathy goes to Richard and the family. Don

thomas reinhart

June 13, 2019

I knew Nancy and Dick when I lived in Little Rock. She had a great sense of humor. I always enjoyed her company. She will be missed. Thomas T. Reinhart, Eureka Springs

FROM THE FAMILY