Laura Clark

laura-clark-photoLaura Lovene Clark, 81, fierce debater, compassionate, kind and generous mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother died December 16, 2016.  Born on April 11, 1935 in Centerville, Texas, Laura would likely remind you that you ought not “mess with Texas.” The proud daughter of Richard and Janette Parker, who in humble times plowed extra fields for weeks and saved to make a “shiny new red bike” possible for Laura.  She was surrounded in love as the baby sister to Jack, Docie, Lucille, Henry, and Lawrence and remained so all the days of their lives.

Her parents relocated to Troy, Idaho seeking healthcare for her mother, who passed when Laura was in high school. Laura grieved her mother the rest of her life and would readily share stories about “Dickey” Parker and her mother Janette.

A young Patrick Earl Clark spotted Laura walking down Main Street and called out from his Chevy asking for a date.  As both were with friends she asked, as only Laura could, “who gets whom?” in which he replied, “you’re with me” and that’s how they remained for 45 years of devoted marriage.  They shared those years raising their three children, Kathy, Patsy, and David, attending mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, enjoying Sunday drives, and attending local events until Patrick’s death in 2000.

For her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she was “a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend.” For Jacob, Jessica (Ryan), Sam (Katie), Taylor and Henry she was an ally, protector, and their biggest fan. Laura treasured her relationships with each of her grandchildren and especially enjoyed Taylor’s company as she struggled with her health the last month. Her great-grandchildren Sloane and Bodhi brought her joyfulness and she took pleasure in the conversations between the “Great Gam-Gam” and her littlest fans.

Laura will be missed beyond measure. Laura was infinitely loving and generous, she was powerful and intelligent, an unmatched work ethic and she might have said and while insisting on no interruptions “come on baby, let’s do the twist.”

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Friday, December 30, 2016, at 11:00 am. All are welcome to attend and join for a luncheon directly following the service.

Her family asks in lieu of flowers to please donate to the Moscow Food Bank at St. Mary’s Catholic Church or the Humane Society of the Palouse.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel of Moscow and condolences may be left at



5 Responses to Laura Clark

  1. Beverly and Wilber Tanner says:

    Laura was a treasured friend we worked together at the nursing home for many years, then at W.S.U. we rode to work at both jobs. with me doing the driving. we lived a few houses apart and always had the cup of sugar the other one needed. after selling our and becoming snowbirds and spending winters in Yuma az. we always kept in touch. I love you and will miss you our deepest sympathy to the family
    Beverly and Wilber tanner

  2. Jim Zatarack and Dolores Parker Zatarack says:

    Aunt Laura was one of a kind! If it was a fun time you were after, Aunt Laura was your gal. My best memories of her was around 1951 when I was in first grade there in Troy. Dad was in Korea, Mom, Andy and I lived up the hill from Granny and Grandpa Parker and Aunt Laura. She spent most of her time with us, sledding down this giant hill in Troy, playing with Andy and me, Mom and her cooking some great food and being the best Aunt ever!!! I can only imagine what a great mother she was! Love to you Kathy, Patsy and David on your loss. Know, your Mom was loved by us all!! God Bless…..

  3. Frances Welch Thornton says:

    My Aunt Laura definitely was one of a kind and I will really miss her and the many long conversations we had especially after my Mother passed away.She and my Uncle Lawrence were all I had left of my Mom and the many memories we could talk about. Mother,myself and my sister Nancy went to Troy to visit Grandma and I went to school there for a month,visited with Aunt Kathryn.I guess I must have been around six or eight years of age.Grandma,Grandpa lived next to us before moving to Idaho,and Aunt Laura would tell me stories about how I used to get into all her things.I have lots of good memories I will treasure,and as Delores said,know, your Mom was loved by all of us,and I love all of you very much.May God’s blessings be with all….

  4. Maggie and Ed Tubb says:

    From the entire L.C. Tubb family: we are sorry for your loss. Prayers and remembrances sent.

  5. Tom Fletcher says:

    Laura was, indeed, a kind, compassionate, caring, person – – charitable almost to a fault – – she never passed up the opportunity to befriend anyone in need of a friend; or to say a kind word of encouragement to inspire those pursuing their life’s objectives. I will always be grateful to Laura, Pat, Uncle Bill and the Clark children for the friendship, love, and family-fellowship they gave me when I was a student at the University over 50 years ago – – a friendship that continues to this day. Finally, let me say that through her liberal, outspoken – yet always helpful and kind words and ideas – – in life Laura reached for the stars and would settle for nothing less than the moon; now in death may she rest in that heavenly galaxy of eternal peace.

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