Billie Y. Clark of Mineral Wells

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Billie Y. Clark, 78, of Mineral Wells, passed away Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at the House of Hope in Wichita Falls.

Billie Y. Clark

Funeral service will be Sunday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. at Clark Gardens. Burial will be at White Garden next to the chapel at Clark Gardens.

Mrs. Clark was born in Fieldton, Texas on June 15, 1934 to Vera and Jewel Buck. She married Max E. Clark on Sept. 17, 1950 in Woodward, Okla., at the age of 16 and after a whirlwind courtship of only six weeks. Billie and Max worked together to build a telecom construction company, C&B Associates. Billie’s strength in managing the office and financial aspects of the business complemented Max’s focus on construction. The company was sold in 2000. Billie turned her attention, along with Max, to the creation and development of Clark Gardens, a public garden located east of Mineral Wells in Parker County. Clark Gardens is a gardener’s dream exuding the beauty, order, and grace that reflect Billie’s creativity and influence.

Survivors include her husband, Max E. Clark; two daughters, Deborah Clark and husband Emry Birdwell of Henrietta, and Carol Clark and husband Mark Montgomery of Bryan; two sisters, Lou Eudy of Mineral Wells, and Brenda Young of Meridian, Idaho; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by a brother, J.W. Buck.

Memorials can be made to the Billie Y. Clark Education Fund in care of the Alzheimer’s Association at 2630 West Freeway, Suite 100, Fort Worth, Texas 76102; or a charity of choice.

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