MAPLEWOOD — Kate Clark, of Maplewood, will be celebrating her 100th birthday on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021.
Despite turning 100, when sharing about her everyday living, Clark was assertive in directing what she required to talk about, and quickly recalled several vivid reminiscences from her earlier. When requested what is the key to living to 100, she explained she thinks it is in her genes.
“I had aunts and uncles that lived to a fantastic old age. Consider it’s in my genes,” Clark declared. “And I get up every single early morning and have anything to search forward to.”
Nell Bodenmiller describes her mother Kate as the matriarch of their family.
“(Mother) has usually been independent and a sturdy girl for our loved ones,” Bodenmiller said about her mom turning 100. “We are all truly very pleased of her. She is a fighter she has experienced some setbacks but is carrying out improved.”
Clark was born on Sept. 4, 1921, to Vivian and Nellie Stewart in Massilon. Her family moved to Maplewood when she was 8 several years old. She has resided in Maplewood at any time given that.
“My moms and dads had 4 young ones and they handmade anything. For Xmas I would get an orange, a piece of candy and a person handmade point, most likely dresses, but it experienced to be beneficial,” Clark said of her childhood.
Clark knew given that she was a minor lady she needed to be a nurse. She fulfilled that dream after significant college when she finished nursing faculty at Christ Healthcare facility in Cincinnati in 1942. At that time, Clark recalled tuition price $75 for every yr. When she begun nursing college in 1939, college students wore blue uniforms and later improved to white right after graduation. She then extra a black ribbon onto her white cap, which signified she completed school.
Her first nursing position was at Wilson Overall health, previously identified as Wilson Memorial Hospital, in the OB division getting care of mothers and their toddlers. Clark stated how much health care has adjusted more than the decades from when she began functioning at the hospital, emergency room and nursing household. She also labored at Ohio Dwelling Dorothy Enjoy in Sidney.
In 1945, Kate married Frank Clark, also of Maplewood. They worked on a farm jointly and experienced five young children jointly, Ginny (Tom) Lochard, Mike (Gail) Clark, Walt (Kim) Clark, Bonnie (Vic) Klingelhofer and Nell (Scott) Bodenmiller. She has 13 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren, and two great-terrific-grandchildren.
“When I started off out as a bride, through wartime, my spouse arrived home and we had almost nothing. No plumbing. 1 bulb of electric power, practically nothing we had used electricity. We lived in the place,” Clark explained. “Nowadays absolutely everyone thinks (in the beginning) they bought to have a new dwelling and all this new things. We had a wood stove that we used for cooking and it also warmed the residence. We experienced no inside plumbing experienced to use an outhouse. — And I was Ok with that.”
She went on to explain that immediately after a tragic accident in 1948 when her father and brother had been killed in a tractor/coach crash, she and her spouse and their initially youngster moved to her mother and father old farmhouse. She has lived in that exact farmhouse near Maplewood for 73 decades.
“I believed I was in heaven with a furnace within. But there was milking of cows to do, and there was pigs,” Clark recalled.
She remembered how engineering progressed from using horses as a girl to farm to the fashionable farm machines of nowadays. She also recalled the alter in interaction, when as a lady she mentioned they utilised hand-cranked phones and get together traces, that inevitably reworked more than the yrs into cellphones.
Clark invested her years as a spouse, mother, registered nurse, group nurse, homemaker and active member of the Maplewood United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Maplewood Grange because she was 16, for a overall of 85 decades. She took great pleasure in nursing, raining her family, increasing bouquets, church and applied to appreciate to go through.
“At 13 I approved Jesus and never ever wavered from that,” Clark said, noting how critical God and church has been in her life. “One issue about individuals currently, they simply cannot commit these days. I commit to all issues: fully commited to nursing, and God. That is not a thing you discover any more.”
Bodenmiller claimed her mom has spent her life span giving to some others and in celebration of her 100th birthday, the spouse and children would like to have a card shower for her and have an open household in the course of her birthday weekend. The spouse and children welcomes limited visits from loved ones and close friends setting up Friday, Sept. 3, at 1 p.m. and into the evening all through the weekend. Playing cards may perhaps be sent to her deal with, 21580 LeFevre Road, Maplewood, OH 45340.
Kate Clark’s nursing photograph at age 21. She celebrates her 100th birthday on Saturday, Sept. 4. Her relatives welcomes quick visits through an open residence starting Friday and going all over the weekend.
Kate Clark, pictured close to age 24, celebrates her 100th birthday on Saturday, Sept. 4. Her family welcomes short visits during an open household starting off Friday and heading all over the weekend.
Kate Clark celebrates her 100th birthday on Saturday, Sept. 4. She is pictured in this article later on existence all over age 85. Her family members welcomes short visits for the duration of an open property starting off Friday and likely throughout the weekend.
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