Eldora C. Clark
Eldora C. Clark
They say love is endless our hearts have been kissed
By the waltz of the angels and far beyond this*
After 103+ years of life, filled with struggle, success, love, sorrow and joy, Eldora was met by Jesus, her husband Lawrence, Staffanson family led by mother Christine, father Ole, younger brother Ray and sister Beatrice. She was also welcomed by son-in-law Jay Berg, grandson Jason Kulp, extended family and dear friends.
Born November 12, 1913 at home near Kensington, Eldora learned about sorrow, when her mother died in February 1923. She gained necessary homemaking skills to care for her siblings and in homes of extended family where she grew up. She demonstrated the importance of faith, using those abilities with a family where she could walk to the country church for confirmation instruction. Home and child care experience made it possible for her to find work in order to attend high school in Alexandria, graduating in 1931.
Eldora married Lawrence Clark on August 3, 1931 and her ability to work hard suited her as a farmer's wife. They lived, worked and began raising daughter Ardis north of Nelson. They bought their first farm west of Alexandria. Later they owned a farm south of Lake Darling; daughter Gail was born while living there. In 1951 they moved to Alexandria, and Eldora worked as a waitress and sales clerk. Lawrence died in 1991, and in 1995 she moved to The Senator which was a good fit. Eldora lived at Bethany Home for six and a half years, receiving conscientious, loving care with additional hospice support until her death August 5.
Eldora discovered her niche selling women's clothing at Bon-Jos. She enjoyed cooking and baking, gardening and raising houseplantsknown as a good cook, definitely for her potato salad. She bowled for many years, learned to play golf at Crestwood Hills and was a loyal MN Twins fan. Playing Bridge was challenging and fun for her. And Eldora loved dancing with Lawrence, especially to Waltz of the Angels.*
She demonstrated her faith with strength, prudence and humility while fiercely valuing her privacy. Survivors include Ardis Berg, Gail (Jay) Kulp, grandchildren Denise and Larry (Jackie) Berg and Kristina Kulp. Memorial service will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church, 11 a.m., August 18, with visitation one hour prior. Memorials suggested to Calvary's Elder Outreach, Hospice of Douglas County or any food shelf.
Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home of Alexandria. www.andersonfuneral.net