March 22, 1929-July 11, 2019
We lost Nancy Clark on July 11, 2019. A great sense of humor and a kind and loving heart served her well in her 90 years on this planet, and boy are her kids sorry to see her go. Tom, Andy, Charlie and Sue feel lucky to have her as their mom. Born on March 22, 1929, in Wisconsin, she and her brother, Urb, lost their dad in a tragic accident when they were babies, but her mother, Mabelle Schreiner, remarried a wonderful man, Joe Becker, who adored them. So, Nancy Clark: She lived in Fort Atkinson, WI, Lake Bluff, Illinois, and attended Radford School for Girls in El Paso, Texas. She rode horses there and got so golden brown she looked like a Native American, which she loved, and wore silver and turquoise and braided feathers in her hair for further effect. She attended Northwestern and Occidental College and earned her BS in teaching. A GREAT teacher, her former 5th grade students visited her with their kids. Bombshell gorgeous, but didn’t know it. A green thumb, her homes were bursting with fuchsias and roses. You’d feel comfortable with her instantly. (She got Christmas cards from people she’d sat next to on airplanes!) She was married 61 years to David Clark, Executive Editor of Sunset Books. Arriving for a blind date with her roommate, he took one look at 6’ tall beauty Nancy Schreiner and was a goner. They created a wonderful life on Cork Oak Way, and how Dad afforded the grocery bill feeding all the kids on the block is a mystery. Pancakes on the weekend was nearly an Olympic event! They loved their place at Northstar, their kids and tons of friends visiting often. She loved Stanford football, the Giants and the 49ers, and spent lots of time at Candlestick Park. She took her boys and their friends to the ‘Stick to see Willie Mays break a batting record. He didn’t do it, so she took them back the next day for the momentous occasion. She went to all her boys’ Little League games, rooting and hollering right up to the chain link fence. “Go! Run! Run! RUN! Atta boy!” She was so thoughtful, and would surprise us with things she knew we liked. Christmas was an absolute ZOO! And you know that age where you’re always, “Look! Mommy! Look!”? Well she always looked, and let out a hardy, “GOOD for you!” Cook for her and she’d make you feel like a Cordon Bleu chef. Beautiful views brought her to tears. Her signature “cripes!” entered the lexicon of her kids and their friends. When a baby was born, she’d be on the first plane. Death in the family? She was there helping, listening. Her home was open to her kids’ friends when life got scary. She championed The Florence Crittendon Home for Unwed Mothers, chaired a scholarship fund on Maui, and was a Girl Scout leader - until she was “fired” for letting the girls get away with murder. A great driver, she and Sue had countless road trips, laughing and listening to music. Frank Sinatra was her favorite, but she liked Boz Scaggs and The Doobie Brothers, too. Her humor and wholehearted laugh, love of animals, dependability, generosity, integrity and kindness, well, Nancy Clark was born a true lady. She was adored by her whole family, including Andy’s wife, Janey, and Charlie’s wife, Tina, (like daughters), and sister-in-law Marty Brewer. She moved with Dave to Maui in 1989 where she was a grandma (“Hey you little squirts!”) to David, Tim and Bill; and later Charlie’s boys, Ben and Andrew, then great grandmother to David and Rhoda’s Jaidah, Joseph and Jessa. She was loved by countless people, and we want you to know she loved you right back! Rest in peace, you spectacular woman. You did it all just right, and we’ll honor your memory for the rest of our lives. Donations: Hospice Maui 400 Mahalani St. Wailuku, HI 96793 808-244-5555. Service is September 14th at The Smith’s residence, 2131 Sharon Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025 from 1-4 pm. There was nothing she enjoyed more than being with all of us, so we hope you can make it.