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Obituary ~ Emma G. (McClelland) Clark
November 20, 1863 ~ April 10, 1924

Leon Reporter
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, April 17, 1924

MRS. EMMA McCLELLAND CLARK was a daughter of DR. J.R. and AMANDA McCLELLAND. She was born in Decatur City, Iowa, November 20, 1863, and died at her home in Elgin, Ill., April 10, 1924, aged 60 years, 4 months and 20 days.

DR. McCLELLAND and his family moved to Leon, Iowa, in 1865, where the family resided for many years. The deceased grew to womanhood in this community, attending the public schools for ten or twelve years. On the 27th of January, 1878, she was received into the Christian Church, being baptized by A.B. Cornell during his Pastorate in that church. In that faith she lived and died, though for the last few years she was associated with her daughter in the Espiscopal Church. During her early life in the church, she was especially active in the Bible School and Young Ladies work.

She was married to W.P. CLARK, May 27, 1886. To them was born one daughter, ETTA G. CLARK, who was her mother's companion and caretaker for years. Though teaching in the Elgin High Schools, she never in any way neglected to give the mother due filial attention.

MRS. CLARK and daughter moved to Denver, Colorado, in 1904, remaining there until 1918; from Denver they went to Elgin, Ill., where MISS ETTA had a position in the High School; it was in that city after months of intense suffering, though with greatest of patience and Christian trust, that the end came. Out of the tenement of clay into the house not made with hands! "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."

MRS. CLARK was one universally loved and honored by all.

The funeral services were conducted in the Christian Church in Leon, A.B. Cornwell, of New Sharon, Iowa, officiating on the 12th of April, 1924. MISS EMMA ELLIS, a fellow teacher in the Elgin Schools, accompanied MISS ETTA to Leon. She was indeed a cheerful and happy companion for the sad and weary daughter. The body was laid to rest in the Leon Cemetery.

Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
"With permission from the Leon Journal Reporter"
September 4, 2002