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Shirley Ann Clark

Sep. 18, 1931 - Jul. 23, 2022

Date of Service: Aug. 1, 2022

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ALBION – Shirley Ann Clark, a 90-year-old Albion resident, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2022, at Pomerelle Place in Burley.

Shirley was born September 18, 1931, in Olney, Texas, to Albert Sherwood Ratliff and Atha Ann Spence. She moved many places, but settled in Hansen, Idaho, where she graduated as Valedictorian in 1949. She moved to Albion to attend Albion State Normal College to become a teacher. Her plans were interrupted when the college closed and she married Richard Glenn Clark on June 2, 1951. They had six children: Linda Moore, Margaret (Scott) Miller, Grant (Denise), Gene (Debbie), Kenneth (Shirley), and Nancy.

After Glenn developed serious back issues, Shirley knew she needed to finish her education. She started teaching school at Dworshak Elementary in Burley in 1965, and later became head teacher at Albion Elementary until retirement. She earned her master’s degree and was awarded teacher of the year.

Shirley was a member of many clubs and organizations including a 4-H leader for ten years, AAUW, Delta Kappa Gamma, Albion 4-Leaf Clover Club, American Legion Auxiliary, and the Mental Health Policy Board appointed by the governor. She served in many leadership positions.

Shirley’s favorite activities included bowling, playing Pinochle, rock collecting, reading, trips to Jackpot and Reno, and she loved socializing with friends over good food.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and brother, Edmund Spiers.

She is survived by her six children; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Barbara Homan Bruu.

The funeral will be held at 12 Noon, Monday, August 1, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, located at 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley. Interment will follow at Albion Mormon Cemetery.

A live webcast of the Funeral Service will be available and maintained at the following link: https://youtu.be/isx-6IhY2dc.

Condolences for Shirley Ann Clark

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From Lesa Fox:
My sincere sympathy to all of the Clark Family. Shirley will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She was a great lady with a strong presence and contagious laugh :) Lesa Smyer Fox

From Kris J. Keller:
Mrs. Clark was my 1st grade teacher. She was a very good teacher and will be missed by many.
From George & Gwen :
Shirley was a terrific friend neighbor and teacher to our children. Shirley was always in control, she was not easy to impress. I think I impressed her three times that I recall. She was amazed I shot the dastardly woodpecker that was pecking holes and keeping her awake. The time I drove her off the grade in a snowstorm no one else was crazy enough to drive in so she could go to a meeting, and the fact we ere able to get the Albion fountain going again and planted a tree in her and Glens memory next to it. Rest easy friend. You were a good friend. Today’s education system needs more like you.
From Barbara Ratliff Homan Bruu:
My Sister, my confidant and my fierce protector always, from the day I was born.
From Jean Hamblen:
I enjoyed working with Shirley in the Cassia County Teacher's Association, Delta Kappa Gamma, and the Mini-Cassia Retired Teachers Association. Shirley was a great leader, and knew how to get things done. My sympathy to her family at this sad time.
From Ruben Saldana:
Mrs. Clark was my 2nd grade teacher and I will be forever grateful for the time and effort she spent tutoring me after school, in reading and English comprehension. I know that I could have been one of those kids that fell through the cracks had it not been for Mrs. Clark!
Blessings of Peace and Comfort to the Clark family, your mother made a difference in my life.

From Jason dimond:
She was my first grade teacher in Albion. Sorry to hear of her passing.
From Jamie Ray:
Mrs. Clark taught me in grade school, although she was a tough teacher she taught me many things that I have carried through my life! She always held a special place in my heart. My best memory of her is when our whole class got into trouble and she made us walk in a circle while she spanked us.
From Shanna Yarbrough:
So sad to her of the loss of Shirley she taught all 3 of my children in Albion. I always appreciated her kindness and love for my kids. I know she impacted the lives of many, many people. My thoughts and prayers for all family and those grieving her loss.
From Cheri Walker Brown:
I had her as my 4th grade teacher at dworshak, she was one of my favorite teachers. We made donuts in her class and I never forgot that. She always had good fun things to do in her class room. So sorry for your loss and cherish her wonderful memories.
From Amber Glover:
I knew her from her grandkids Jeremy & Ty Clark!! She was a wonderful woman!
From Kathy Eklund:
So sorry to hear of your loss. It's hard to loose a mother. Cherish your memories. Prayers for the family.
From Maggie Parke:
My deepest sympathies. Shirley was such an lovely person, and she will be missed
From Dan Bristol :
She was my first grade teacher and I was part of her first class she taught as a teacher. Mrs Clark was a special lady and will be missed.
From Lottie Hurst:
I always admired Shirley and her spirit to do things
From Sarah (Miller) Allen, granddaughter :
To the best grandma in the world: You are missed every single day. Your spunk and fire will live on through your family, especially your granddaughters and great grandchildren. We love you. Give Grandpa a big hug for us.
From Lisa Taylor:
My condolences to the family she was full of fire and spunk. Always dress to the nines. Great lady I was blessed to know til we meet again my friend
From Charlotte (Yarbrough) Knowles:
Mrs. Clark was my 2nd grade teacher when my family moved to Albion. She was steadfast, kind and fair. She was a wonderful example of a strong and substantive woman. I remember her fondly and she will be missed.
From Sheila Adams:
A good mentor for me as a beginning teacher Shirley was such a dedicated educator and Albion supporter. Always fun to visit her home n hear a story. My sympathy to her family
From Sheila Adams:
A good mentor for me as a beginning teacher Shirley was such a dedicated educator and Albion supporter. Always fun to visit her home n hear a story. My sympathy to her family
From Mary Kay Alkire:
Shirley, what a beautiful name she had. Shirley was my grade school teacher I had back in the 80's, she taught me many thing's . She was a great person I haven't seen her for awhile but I'm going g to miss her bunches. She had the smallest hands I know. May my Condolences, thoughts, and prayers be with her family at this time.

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