Mary Clark

Obituary of Mary Jane Clark

Mary "Jane" Clark, 92, of the Port Douglas Road, Keeseville passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 14, 2021, at her home under the loving care of her family and High Peaks Hospice. She was born in Smithville, TX, on January 12, 1929, the daughter of Joseph and Annie (Rek) Novosad. "Jane" Novosad was a proud Texan who marched with her High School drill team in the Cotton Bowl parade and a stand out tennis player that brought pride to her small Texas hometown by twice making it to the state's championship quarterfinals. She worked her way through nursing school, graduating from the Scott & White School of Nursing in 1950 in Temple, Texas with her Associates Degree. While in Texas she was proud to say she met Lady Bird Johnson and that the then "future" First lady was truly gracious. Jane worked as a Registered Nurse at various VA and Civil Service hospitals from Texas to Oklahoma, to the Panama Canal Zone and finally in Plattsburgh's own Air Force Base Hospital where she eventually retired in 1985. She met her soul mate, Army Master Sergeant Avery "Lexie" Clark at a breakfast date arranged by her nursing supervisor. Six months later they were married and soon after she found herself following him to Germany on the first of two tours each of which resulted in the birth of a son (Michael and Robert) and various stateside postings, one of which resulted in the birth of her daughter (Debra). After a tumultuous tour in the Canal Zone marked by Jane helping to deliver babies while her hospital was under fire, the family decided Lexie should retire from the US Army. They would ultimately return to his hometown of Keeseville, New York where she worked to mentor several generations of Air Force nurses and medics on the obstetrics and medical floors at PAFB. She quickly became known for hosting many joyous celebrations that melded her medical world colleagues with Lexie's commercial insurance ones. Their guests were always guaranteed to be served something Jane had never cooked before "just to keep things interesting". After Jane retired from the Base Hospital in 1985 she became active in her church's parish council, prayer groups, bible study and began annual 4 month long coast to coast road trips to see family and friends. She was known to travel to Maryland to serve as an au pair for the children of a former PAFB doctor or when her own grandchildren needed her. As her grandkids grew, she gladly ran "Camp Grandma" each summer where each child came to Upstate New York and got 100% of her attention for several weeks at a time until they aged out of "camp". When she was no longer needed to entertain her grandkids, she helped to entertain many in the CVPH medical community with her cooking and her stories of growing up in Texas, living abroad, or raising kids as a working mother in New York. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Michael L. Clark, Robert J. and (Stacy) Clark, and Debra J. Clark; grandson, Ryan (Tessa) Clark; granddaughter, Amanda (Tony) Lang; step great grandchildren, Taylor, Brandon, Faith and Jack Campbell; great granddaughter, Elise Clark; great grandson, Patrick Lang; and a niece, Pam Beahm. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her spouse of 33 years, Avery C. "Lexie" Clark; step grand-daughter, Tanya Kristan Campbell; two elder brothers, Justin and Joseph Novosad; and her niece, Mary Jean Lopez. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 5 to 7 PM at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 124 Clinton Street, Keeseville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 19, 2021 at 11 AM at Immaculate Conception Church, Keeseville with the Rev. Kris C. Lauzon, celebrating. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery will be in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mary Jane (nee Novosad) Clark may be made to Scott and White School of Nursing, c/o University of Mary Hardin Baylor, Temple Texas or to the SUNY PLATTSBURGH Nursing program. Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 124 Clinton Street, Keeseville, 834-7667.
Thursday
18
March

Visitation at Funeral Home

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Hamilton Funeral Home Inc.
124 Clinton Street
Keeseville, New York, United States
Friday
19
March

Mass

11:00 am
Friday, March 19, 2021
Church Of The Immaculate Conception
1660 Spring Street
Keeseville, New York, United States

Final Resting Place

Evergreen Cemetery
Main St
Keeseville, New York, United States
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