Shirley Vickers Clark
May 4, 1939 – February 2, 2019
Shirley Catherine Vickers Clark, age 79, passed away at her home on February 2, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur C. “Charley” Clark; and a brother, Donald Vickers, Sr. A beloved mother and grandmother, Shirley is survived by her daughter, Sandra Holland; son-in-law, Ed Holland, Jr.; granddaughter, Emily Holland; grandson, Edward “Trey” Holland, III; brothers, Mike (Louise) Smith and Larry Vickers; and a sister, June Gilbertson. Shirley was a dedicated employee of Mobile County Circuit Court for 44 years until her retirement in 2009. She often claimed that she loved going to work every day of those 44 years. Fortunately, she discovered that retirement wasn’t so bad, either. She was an avid reader and could spend hours wrapped up in a good book. Another favorite activity was bragging about her grandchildren. She also discovered social media and enjoyed that she could keep up with distant friends and family. Shirley will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Visitation will be held from 12 – 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Pine Crest Funeral Home, with a chapel service immediately following. She will be laid to rest in Pine Crest Cemetery.
- Charley Clark, Husband
- Donald Vickers Sr., Brother
- Sandra and Ed Holland, Daughter and Son-in-law
- Emily Holland, Granddaughter
- Trey Holland, Grandson
- Mike and Louise Smith, Brother and Sister-in-law
- Larry Vickers, Brother
- June Gilbertson, Sister
- Visitation Thursday, February 7, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, February 7, 2019
- Committal Service Thursday, February 7, 2019
Shirley Vickers Clark
February 7, 2019
Shirley was always a very special Aunt! I remember well, several wonderful visits in her home with Uncle Charlie and cousin Sandra. We always felt welcome, loved and cared for by Shirley and her family. Even though we lived far from one another the Clark’s visited us in Florida and Bloomington, IN. several times. We always had the best time just sitting and chatting, but that was never all we did....
Some of the best vacations I remember in Childhood included the 3 of them. I remember going to New Orleans with them when I was very small. Later, when I was 8 or 9 years old we had my favorite vacation traveling & discovering Florida. We went to the beach, Cyprus Gardens, Sea Word and many other great places for a kid. It was so much more fun for all of us with the Gilbertson’s and Clark’s traveling together! That trip seemed like paradise for me and I can’t remember a bad moment the entire week!
Sandra, about my age, was a great companion and I loved her dearly. Compared to our strick, at that time military family, it appeared that Sandra’s parents “spoiled” her...at least on vacation. It seemed that anytime my parents said “no” to brother Ken & I , Sandra’s parents said “yes” to all three of us! That was a nice surprise and allowed my parents to relax, during the Vietnam war that was a needed gift.
Charlie knew how to have a good time and he made sure all the rest of us did too! Shirley had a special skill at keeping him tethered without spoiling any fun! I thought she was amazing at that! What a talent!
Charlie, by the way, took me deer hunting for the first time - that is a story in itself! Both he and Shirely came to wife Jana & my wedding in Indiana in 1986. Charlie was great for me and long suffering patient. He worked all day on my car with me so Jana and I could honeymoon in Chicago. He kept me so occupied before the wedding I didn’t have a chance to get nervous. Of course I still did, but Shirley & Charlie really helped!