Miss Ruth Clark, 89, was born in Greenwood, SC, and remained a resident her whole life.
She was the youngest child born to the late Dacus Frank and Thelma Eakin Clark. Attending Greenwood High School through 11th grade, Ruth then spent three years at “Opportunity School” to finish her formal education. Although she never worked outside the home, Ruth kept busy and informed with current events. She particularly enjoyed going to movies, reading — especially Louis Lamour books, and extensively researching the family genealogy. Her sense of humor kept all the grandchildren (her nieces and nephews) entertained during the summers when we visited for extended vacations. Ruth learned to drive in her fifties which scared her sister, Edna, witless. If no car was available to drive, she would walk to the library for reading and genealogy research or to the theater for a movie.
Ruth and Edna moved into a nursing facility in 2006. After Edna passed away in 2009, Ruth blossomed. She enjoyed bingo and movies and other activities. She voted for the first time in the last election. In recent years she was introduced to red wine and enjoyed a nightly glass after checking with us if it was okay. Her favorite birthday treat was lemon meringue pie. Fried chicken livers from KFC was a must have treat whenever anyone visited. She was quite disappointed when they stopped offering them at the local one. Her favorite snack: Cheez-its. Ruth had a good no nonsense soul that was so refreshing. She is now reunited with all her siblings. We know they are proud of all she has accomplished alone.
Surviving are three nieces, two nephews, and a sister-in-law. Dianne Barber of Georgia, Debbie Ward (Chuck) of Washington, Dana Goodman (Chip) of South Carolina, Dacus Clark, Jr. (Marcia) of Florida, Robert Clark of Florida, and sister-in-law, JoeAnn Clark of Florida. Also surviving are many great-nieces and nephews, several great-great nephews and nieces and even great-great-great nieces. She was blessed with many descendants.
Ruth was predeceased by her parents; a sister, Edna Clark; and two brothers, Dacus E. Clark, Sr. and Ray F. Clark.
Burial has taken place at the Tranquil United Methodist Church cemetery under the direction of Blyth Funeral Home. A memorial will take place at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Greenwood Public Library in honor of her unquenchable thirst for reading or the charity of your choice.
In gratitude many thanks to NHC of Greenwood for 13 years of care, to Caris Hospice and to The Rev. Dr. Shawn Armstrong at Tranquil United Methodist Church in Greenwood.
Blyth Funeral Home & Cremation Services assisted the Clark family.