January 17, 2013


The Oskaloosa Herald

OMAHA, Neb. — Mildred Clark, 95, of Omaha, Neb., passed away, Monday afternoon, Dec. 3, 2012, at the Life Care Center in Omaha, Neb. Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Garland-Van Arkel-Langkamp Funeral Chapel with Pastor Alvern Boetsma of the Good News Chapel officiating. Her body has been cremated and burial of her ashes will be in Forest Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Mildred Clark, daughter of Rennie and Daisy Washington Nelson, was born July 3, 1917, in Oskaloosa. She was a graduate of Oskaloosa High School and then studied business at William Penn College. She married Reilly Clark, April 13, 1935. They later divorced. Mildred moved to Chicago in 1944. She started working for the then startup company, Johnson Publishing Company, which eventually published Ebony and Jet Magazine and Fashion Fair Cosmetics. She began as a receptionist, but eventually through hard work and determination gained the position of vice president comptroller. Mildred eventually retired after 43 years with the company. In her retirement years, Mildred enjoyed spending time with her family, she loved all of her sisters and brothers and nieces and nephews. Mildred’s big passion was fishing. She always had a story or a joke for any occasion. She was a master of the anecdote; she had a quick wit, some wise words, and some good cooking on the stove. In her later years, Mildred suffered from illness and moved to the Omaha, Neb., area to be near her sister. Mildred touched the lives of many many people. She will be truly missed by all of those who had the privilege of knowing her.

Mildred’s remaining family includes a sister, Ollie Potter of Tampa, Fla., and many many nieces and nephews spread across the USA.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers: Edward, Robert and Fred Nelson; and three sisters: Irene Hopkins, Virginia Tibbs and Deveta Irvin.

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