Evalee E. Clark
Evalee E. Clark of Opdyke parted this world 
on July 21, 2005. 

She was born March 4, 1912, the eldest child 
of Claude and Irene (Prince) Martin in Hamilton 
County. On June 23, 1928, she married Charles A. 
Clark in Hamilton County. They were married for 
74 years and four months. He preceded her in death 
Oct. 26, 2002. 

Mrs. Clark started her first job at the age of nine. 
She worked in various restaurants, hospitals and 
factories over the course of her life until she retired 
in 1972. She was a hard-working woman even in retirement. 
She was an avid gardener. She enjoyed quilting and traveling. 
She was an excellent cook; her specialty was her pies. When 
she did relax, she could be found sitting on her porch 
swing. she will be greatly missed by all who loved her. 

Mrs. Clark is survived by six children, Maxine Brake of 
McLeansboro, Richard Clark and wife Joyce of Mt. Vernon, 
Nadine Tucker and husband Gene of Benton, Earnest Clark and 
wife Shirley of Essex, Mo., Alma Lowery and husband James Sr.
of Opdyke and Phyllis Hollingsworth and husband Tom of Opdyke; 
31 grandchildren; 70 great-grandchildren; 37 great-great-
grandchildren; a brother, Harley Martin and wife Wilma of 
Fairbury; a sister, Alice Taylor of Rochelle; and several 
nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an 
infant son, Bobby; a son-in-law, Robert Brake; two grandchildren, 
Calvin Clark and Lori Lowery; seven brothers, Gilbert, Ancel, 
Robert, Dallas, Harold, Donald and Eugene; and two sisters, 
Eathel Thompson and Wilma Bowers. 

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Sunday at Gholson Funeral 
Home in McLeansboro. The Rev. Robert Sefried will officiate. 
Burial will be at Hopewell Cemetery near McLeansboro. 
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Gholson Funeral 
Home in McLeansboro. For more information, you may contact Gholson 
Funeral Home at 643-2321.

Date: 24 Jul 2005  
Source: Register-News, Mt Vernon IL
Submitted by: Robert W. Loman 

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