Mary Clark

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Daily Press
January 26, 2001


Mary Todd Clark, 99, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001.

A lifelong resident of Hampton, she was a member of Central United Methodist Church where she had been a Sunday school teacher 25 years and a member of the Administrative Board. She was a member of the Lois Lane Circle and the Comrade Sunday School Class.

After the Vietnam War, Mrs. Clark was active in the Vietnamese relocation ministry of Central United Methodist Church, using her teaching expertise to teach refugees who moved to Hampton from their native land. She also loved to work in her yard and garden.

Many on the Peninsula will remember her from their school days at Wythe Elementary School where she taught 4th or 5th grade 42 years until retiring in 1967. Mary Todd started the first grade during the days when a covered wagon brought her the five miles to elementary school, but she loved it so much her mother once said if there were a bed at school, she would never come home. She graduated from Hampton High School in 1920. While at Mary Washington University, she was a varsity member of the basketball and baseball teams until graduating with a teacher’s certificate in 1922.

She was a life patron of Virginia Women’s Christian Temperance Union and also a member of Hampton Teacher’s Association.

She leaves to cherish her memory her son, Dr. E. Todd Clark and his wife, Aulene, of Hampton; her sister, Elvira Todd Garrett of Hampton; two granddaughters, Deborah Ann Roseman and her husband, Darwin, and Mary Todd Glisson; and three great-grandchildren, Christopher Roseman and his wife, Stacy, Jeff Roseman and Crystal Glisson.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Central United Methodist Church by the Rev. John E. Conner and the Rev. Garry Shelton. Burial will follow in Clark Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Memorial Fund of Central United Methodist Church, 225 Chapel St., Hampton, 23669.

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