Elsie Ethelda Clark, age 95, passed away on Friday, February 15, 2019 at the Rosebud County Nursing Home.
Ethelda was born to Daniel and Belle Winnop on November 30, 1923 in Sun City, Kansas, where she grew up with her 2 sisters and one brother. She met Walter Clark in Pratt, Kansas, and they were married on May 18, 1941 in Sun City.
Walter’s passion to be a rancher led Ethelda and him to Forsyth, Montana, where they bought the ranch on Rosebud Creek in the summer of 1946. There they raised quarter horses, cattle and their two children, Constance (Connie) and Clinton. They celebrated 65 years of marriage together before Walter passed away in June of 2006.
Ethelda and Walter were both charter members of the First Baptist Church and were very instrumental in helping the church get established. Ethelda played the piano and organ there for many years and loved her church family. She was a very generous and giving woman who loved doing things for others. In later years she enjoyed going to the ladies sewing group at the church and cut out many quilt blocks for them.
Ethelda’s life was centered around her family and her church. She had the gift of hospitality. She thoroughly enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and supported them in all their endeavors and loved having big family get-togethers during the holidays.
In 2012 she moved to live with her son, Clinton, when it became too hard for her to live alone. After over five years she had to move into the nursing home in October 2017 because of health issues. There she entertained the nurses and aides with her sense of humor and quick comebacks.
Ethelda is survived by her daughter, Connie (Lance) Moreland of Ingomar; son, Clinton (Janice) Clark of Rosebud Creek; her five grandchildren Brenda Birky, Karrie (Doug) Fisher, Jason (Robyn) Wolfe, Brandon (Annelise) Clark, and Graham Clark; her seven great-grandchildren Jesse Jo and Harlee Rae Johnson, Mike Fisher, Carin and Ross Wolfe, Shelbie and Makaila Wolfe; several nieces and nephews; and one cousin Lois Schoonover. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Walter, and her sisters and brother, Dora Mae Moore, Mary Belle Bolejack and Arther Dale Winnop.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church in Forsyth. Stevenson and Sons have been entrusted with the arrangements. To leave condolences for the family, visit our website at www.stevensonandsons.com. In Lieu of flowers, you may donate to Rosebud Health Care Center designated to nursing home beds.