Mary Helen Clark, age 91

Mary Helen Clark

Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Helen Clark, age 91, of Bison, South Dakota, was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Bison, SD.  Fr. Arnold Kari officiated, burial followed in the Bison Cemetery.

Visitation was from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. followed by a rosary/vigil service at 7:00 all on Friday, March 4, 2016 at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Bison, SD.

Mary Helen passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at the David M. Dorsett Healthcare Center in Spearfish, SD. 

Mary Helen Kari was born on September 12, 1924 in Bixby, SD, to John and Lily (Davison) Kari.  She was raised on the family farm and attended country school.  She graduated from Bison High School.
On January 10, 1942 she was united in marriage to Francis Myron Clark, in Baker, MT.  To this union six children were born, Ernest, Don, John, Patrick, Paul and Mary Ann.  She helped on the farm in Brushy Township alongside her husband, until moving into Bison, SD in 1969.

Mary Helen was active in TOPS, the Blessed Sacrament Church and Altar Society, the Legion Auxiliary and also sang in the church choir.  She was a wonderful cook and baker, and prepared meals to serve everybody she knew.  No one ever left her table hungry.

Mary Helen is survived by her five sons, Ernie (Bev) Clark, Spearfish, SD, Don (Monni) Clark, Libby, MT, John (Danusia) Clark, Cordova, TN, Patrick Clark, Bison, SD, and Paul (Andrea) Clark, Cypress, TX; one daughter, Mary Ann (Scott) Hendricks, Rapid City, SD; 14 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; one brother, Ernest (Arlene) Kari, Bison, SD; one sister, Dorothy Seidel, Bison, SD; one sister-in-law, Bernice Kari, Meadow, SD; and numerous, nieces nephews and other relatives.

 She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Francis; and one brother, Pete C. Kari.

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