Obituary: Mrs S. M. Clark

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Mrs Sheila Mary Clark, of Park Road, Allington, has died at home. She was 65.

Mrs Clark was born in Accra, on Africa’s Gold Coast, in April 1948.

When she was six months old her family returned to the UK, settling in Glastonbury, Somerset.

She grew up in the town with her younger sister, Julia, and attended both St Benedict’s Primary School and St Dunstan’s Secondary School.

After leaving school she went to Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, to complete a three-year pre-nursing course in preparation for her SRN training. It was during her pre-nurse training that she met John Clark and they were married in September 1968, after John completed his University course reading Chemical Engineering. The couple were married for 45 years.

After their wedding the couple settled in Glastonbury, where Mrs Clark raised their three children, Paul, Juliet and Stuart, during the early years of her marriage.

Later she took a part-time post as a school meals supervisor at St Benedict’s, until joining the shoe firm C. and J. Clarks, as a part-time punch card operator. She continued in these part-time posts until moving to Allington in 1984.

When her children attended schools in Grantham, she took on full time jobs. She joined the Department of Trade and Industry to work on the Enterprise Initiative in the late 1980s. Four years later she went to work for South Kesteven District Council in the housing benefits department, where she stayed for 13 years until illness forced an early retirement.

Mrs Clark’s main interest was the welfare, health and career progress of her three children. Four years ago she was presented with two grandchildren, and she visited them as often as she could.

She was keen on animal welfare, supporting several charities, and adopted many rescue dogs over the years. Her other interest was collecting ceramic dolls.

In her latter years, suffering disabilities, she was keen on watching detective programmes on television.

The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by Robert Holland.

Family mourners included: John Clark, Paul Clark, Juliet Clark, Stuart Clark, Julia Tincknell, Robert Clark, Lizzie Clark, Christina and Mark Hutchings, Susan Tincknell, Grace Lilly, Nollie Clark, Effie Clark, Amy Chandler and Les Chandler.

Other mourners included: Kerry Brazil, Rob and Karen Smalley, Chris Bray, Linda Thompson, Betty Hooper, Alison Russell, Barbara Hutton-Mills, Andrew Davis, Charlene Pilgrim, Benand Lucia Taylor, Chris Stephens, Mary McKinley, Trish Marshall, Jan Fox and Terry, Barbara and Louise Carney.

Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.

Donations were received for The Dogs Trust and the RSPCA.