Helen Mar Hickman Clark
1918 ~ 1998
Helen Mar Hickman Clark, age 79, died Friday February 6, 1998 in St. George, Utah.
She was born June 27, 1918 in St. Thomas, Nevada, to Othello and Mary Helen Bunker Hickman. Married Merlin Clark, September 27, 1946 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple by President Joseph Fielding Smith. Mrs. Clark was born in St. Thomas, Nevada and raised in Logan, Utah. She attended Utah State University and worked in Washington DC as a secretary to US Senator Berkley Bunker from Nevada, and later in the Justice Dept. During World War II she joined the military and served as an Ensign in the US Navy.Shortly after the war, Helen moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where she met and married Merlin Clark. The first 14 years of married life was spent in Salt Lake, where she worked in Primary, Junior Sunday School teacher and coordinator in the Relief Society. Helen also served in the Grant Stake MIA presidency. In 1960 the Clark family moved to Spokane, Washington. Helen served as Spokane Stake Relief Society president for 12 years and also was a ward Relief Society president twice. Helen served on the Governors Committee for Human Services, and has been a board member and supervisor for home nursing for the Spokane Red Cross. Helen worked with the priesthood to help them understand womens problems and has helped organize events to meet their needs. She has worked with the General Relief Society Board and General Presidency to bring about needed changes in the Relief Society's role in meeting the needs of women. She promoted and organized night Relief Society and helped set up a young adult Relief Society in the Spokane Stake.
Helen Mar Clark is the epitome of `A Lady' who has great love and empathy for all women, young, aged, married, widowed and single. The great creeds and standards of Relief Society were practiced in her daily life as a wife, mother and grandmother. Helen and her husband Merlin served as full time, couple missionaries, from Jan. 1985 to Aug. 1986, (19 months) in the Phillippines Davao Mission. Brother Clark served as first counselor in the Davao Mission presidency, and Sister Clark supervised the Primary, Relief Society and Young Women for the four northern provinces on Mindinao. Brother and Sister Clark served as ordinance workers in the Seattle LDS Temple. Mr. and Mrs. Clark have lived in Salt Lake City, Spokane, Washington and moved to St. George, Utah in 1992. Together they have spent their lives serving the Lord and raising their family in righteousness.
Survivors: husband, Merlin Clark, St. George, Utah; three children: Kim Bryce (Sue) Clark, Boston, Mass.; Marcia (Douglas) Romney, Spokane, Washington; Robert Merlin Clark, Seattle, Washington; 11 grandchildren one great-granddaughter; sister: Mrs. Don C. (Shirley) Hale, Salt Lake City, Utah; brother: Robert O. (Lucy) Hickman, Seattle, Washington; sister-in-law: JoAnn Hickman, Provo, Utah.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday February 11, 1998 at 11 a.m. in the Spilsbury and Beards Desert Rose Memorial Chapel. Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to services. Graveside services will be held Thursday February 12, 1998 at 1 p.m. in the Logan City Cemetery under the direction of the Spilsbury and Beard Mortuary-St. George, Utah.