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Elizabeth Magdalena Clark

December 6, 1928 February 6, 2018
Elizabeth Magdalena Clark
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Elizabeth Magdena Clark – Biography


Elizabeth Clark was born to Madeline VonDonbulki and Abraham VanAmeyde on December 6, 1928 in Detroit Michigan. Elizabeth’s parents were both immigrants to the United States from Belgium and Holland.
Elizabeth had eight siblings that she loved intensely, Alida, Madeline, Geraldine, Ruth, Leona, Mary, Abraham, Joe. Elizabeth is the last of her family to leave this world and that was lonely and painful for her. She missed talking to her sisters, some almost daily. It was extremely hard for her to lose them one by one.
Elizabeth’s early family years were challenging. Raised during the great depression and WWII, she left high school only finishing the ninth grade. Elizabeth started working at J.L. Hudson’s to supplement her families’ income. It certainly was a short childhood for her.
Shortly after WWII, Burdette Clark returned from the European front line of the war and met Elizabeth. Elizabeth and Burt married on May 31, 1947 in Bowling Green, Ohio. It was a very small ceremony. They were married 33 years which was not nearly long enough. Elizabeth lost Burt in 1980 to colon cancer, a loss she felt every day of her remaining life. During their years together they raised five daughters, Pauline, Katherine, Carrol, Debbie and Lynn. They also had a son, Andrew Burdette, born in 1958 who died shortly after birth. Their daughter, Lynn Marie “Lynnie”, died at the age of 22 in 1991. Lynnie’s laugh was contagious and Elizabeth, and all of her daughters, always missed that.
Burt and Elizabeth lived most of the marriage in a house in Detroit and moved to Commerce Township in 1972. This is the home she remained in as she would choose to never leave it even at the end. This home represented the last place she lived with Burt and Lynn and was where she found comfort.
Elizabeth has been a wonderful mother and grandmother. Giving of herself and loving those around her quietly but fiercely. The grandkids, many of whom were like her own children, will miss her immensely. Elizabeth was Blessed to have them all, Raymond, Amy, Brian, Wendy, Steve, Tracey, Kelley, Jennifer, Jonathon, Sarah, Steven, Jason and Justin “her buddy as she called him.” Elizabeth also had the chance to enjoy many great grandchildren and remarkably, great great grandchildren. Elizabeth attended every one of the grandkids events whenever possible. She was hauled to baseball diamonds, hockey and skating rinks, soccer fields, band concerts, parades, graduations from preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school and college graduations, even one graduation from dental school. Actually, she was not happy if she was ever left out of the activities.
Elizabeth was very frugal and was able to live independently for her remaining years after losing Burt. This was certainly not the retirement that was planned for them. Elizabeth was on her own for 38 years, longer that her marriage of 33 years. Elizabeth did not have an easy life; however, she was very Blessed. During these 38 years she was able to travel to many wonderful places with her family. She was able to visit places she never dreamed would happen, Toronto, Niagara Falls, New York, Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, cruise around the Caribbean twice, Disney and Epcot with the grandkids, and some I am sure I missed. Certainly a favorite place for her was visiting her niece and nephew, Theresa and Tom, on Sanibel. They treated her like and queen and she loved being with them. A second favorite place was Harbor Springs to be with her loved sister and brother-in-law, Harold and Alida.
Later years became hard for Elizabeth. Losing her ability to do all she wanted was not easy. Don’t get me started and not letting her drive anymore. Elizabeth loved the freedom of those wheels because they took her to all the grocery stores and she just loved grocery shopping. Being raised in the depression, buying food was just pure fun for her…every single aisle was to be visited, including the alcohol aisle and health food area, never once did she buy a thing in those areas. It was just a simple joy.
Elizabeth also had a love of baking and had recipes from her mom and mother-in-law that she was still using. She taught and passed down her baking and cooking skills to her daughters and granddaughter, Amy. She cooked and baked with love and this was a precious gift to her family.
Elizabeth was a caretaker of her flock until the very end. She was constantly reminding us to drive safe, turn on the porch light, don’t fall on ice, be careful… literally until she could not speak any longer. Her niece Jenny visited on Saturday before she passed and she was still the hostess asking her if she wanted pop or chips. Always thinking of others.
Elizabeth survived her husband, daughter, and all her siblings and sibling-in-laws. It was not easy to be the last. Elizabeth never really got over loss of her beloved family. Even at the end she was still angry not to have them with her. We assured her she was going to be with all of them again and that they all were waiting for her.
Elizabeth never wanted to be a bother or trouble and daily told her family, “I’m okay, I’m okay.” Even when we all knew she was no longer okay. We all find great peace in knowing, now she is truly okay.

Funeral from Lynch & Sons Funeral Home 340 N. Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake (3 Blks. S. of Maple Rd.) Friday 10:30 AM. Interment Oakland Hills, Memorial Gardens, Novi. Friends may visit Thursday 3-9 PM and Friday 9 AM until time of service. Memorials to the American Cancer Society appreciated.

Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

8

Feb

3:00 PM 2/8/2018 3:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 2/8/2018 9:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake

340 North Pontiac Trail
Walled Lake, MI 48390

Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake
340 North Pontiac Trail Walled Lake 48390 MI
United States

Visitation

Friday

9

Feb

9:00 AM 2/9/2018 9:00:00 AM - 10:30 AM 2/9/2018 10:30:00 AM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake

340 North Pontiac Trail
Walled Lake, MI 48390

Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake
340 North Pontiac Trail Walled Lake 48390 MI
United States

Service

Friday

9

Feb

10:30 AM 2/9/2018 10:30:00 AM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake

340 North Pontiac Trail
Walled Lake, MI 48390

Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake
340 North Pontiac Trail Walled Lake 48390 MI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

43300 Twelve Mile Rd
Novi, MI 48377

43300 Twelve Mile Rd Novi 48377 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

American Cancer Society

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