Lillian Clark passed away on October 31, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a short illness. She was born on June 19, 1923, in Oklahoma City, a daughter of John and Lillian (Eckroat) King.
At age 16, Mrs. Clark began college at the University of Oklahoma, majoring in Music. There she met her future husband, Louis Clark, and interrupted her college career to marry in 1942 and raise 11 children. She moved to Lawrence in 1977 and finished her degree at the University of Kansas in 1981 with a degree in music education and music therapy. She taught piano for most of her life. She attended St John Catholic Church in Lawrence. She celebrated her 90th birthday in June with a surprise party planned by her daughter, Mary.
Lillian Clark is survived by 10 of her children. These are daughters Ramona Hanrahan, Rosaleen Salvo of Gainesville FL, Teresa Dutton of Hutchinson KS, Mary Giles of Norcross GA, and Jenny Clark of Lawrence, and sons Philip of Santa Fe NM, Vincent of Asheville NC, Victor of Lawrence, John of Morrisville NC and Patrick of Burnsville NC. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, and by one sister, Joan Horn of Crystal River, FL.
One daughter Julianne Stephens passed away in 2008 and Louis Clark died in Tela, Honduras in 2006. Five siblings preceded her in death. They were brothers A. B., Paul, Ed, and Wilfred King, and sister, Mary Royston.
A Parish Rosary will be said at 6 p.m. Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence with visitation to follow until 8 p.m.
Mrs. Clark will be remembered with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 4, 2013 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, November 4, 2013 with her parents at St Martin’s Catholic Cemetery in Piqua, KS.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the ASPCA or the American Cancer Society and may be sent in care of the mortuary.