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Obituary - Mardelle Arlene (Lind) Clarke


August 23, 2017

Rapid City, S.D. — Mardelle Arlene (Lind) Clarke, 86, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, at her home in Rapid City, South Dakota.  

She was born April 30, 1931, in Crosby-Ironton, Minnesota, to Hazel A. and Clifford W. Lind.  She grew up at the family’s home on Serpent Lake, played saxophone in the C-I High School band, and graduated nursing school at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

She married Gordon Fredrick Clarke of St. James, Minnesota, in Crosby Nov. 16, 1952.  As partners and parents, Mardy and Gordy lived in Minneapolis and Hopkins, Minnesota, Havre, Montana, and Elko, Minnesota.  Their lake cabin near Emily, Minnesota, was a frequent retreat, and they enjoyed domestic and international travel.

Mardy was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her sister, Janet Erickson.  

She is survived by son Scott and his wife Carmen Clarke of Florence, Oregon, son Ron and his wife Kristine Kennedy of Anchorage, Alaska, and their daughter Jessica Sullivan of Hollywood, California, daughter Cate Cork and her husband Roy of Rapid City, South, Dakota, brother-in-law Duff Erickson and his wife Bettie of Rapid City, South Dakota, Duff and Janet’s son Greg and his wife Janette Erickson of Salt Lake City, Utah, and their daughter Sheryl Dunne and her husband, Matt of Gulf Breeze, Forida, Ron’s former wife Lesley DeKrey of Concrete, Washington, and numerous friends and loved ones across the country, including those at South Canyon Lutheran Church and especially at Fountain Springs Health Care, both in Rapid City.

Mardy Clarke was gracious and gregarious, loved by many, and surrounded by family and loving friends in her final days.  She was at ease and free of pain, and left this world gently and gracefully.   

At Mardy’s request, there was no memorial service.  Remembrances may be made to her church or to donors’ favorite charities, especially those benefiting music and musicians, higher education — particularly Montana State University-Northern in Havre — pets and other animals in need of humane treatment or adoption, wildlife, and The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota.   

Funeral arrangements are  with Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home, Rapid City, South Dakota, and you may sign the guestbook at http://www.osheimschmidt.com.


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