Ruth Susanne Clark, 70, of Tilden, passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2023 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Eau Claire.
Ruth was born on March 23, 1952 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Cris and Agnes (Dancer) Trafford. The family moved to Grand Rapids, Mich. and later moved to Battle Creek, Mich. where she spent her school years and enjoyed summers at Gun Lake. The family moved to Arlington Heights, Ill. where Ruth graduated from John Hersey High School. She attended UW-Stout majoring in Early Childhood Education, graduating in 1974.
She met James Clark and they were married on Nov. 14, 1975 at Zion Lutheran Church in Chippewa Falls. They were a farm family in the Tilden-Eagle Point area. Ruth was also a creative preschool teacher and had a love of flowers and gardening. Her family was her greatest joy. Ruth was known as a kind, patient, and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend with a contagious smile and kind words for all.
Ruth is survived by her husband, James; daughters, Kathy (Geoff Lahn) Clark of Chippewa Falls and Becky (Chris Davis) Clark of La Crosse; son, Kevin (Mindy) Clark of Siren; grandchildren Cora and Teddy Clark; brother Ed (Michaelene Gorney) Trafford of Toledo, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews along with loving extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Cris and Agnes Trafford and parents-in-law Kenny and Betty Clark.
A time of visitation will take place from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 23 at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel at 44 East Columbia Street in Chippewa Falls, and one hour prior to services. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 24 at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at O'Neil Creek Cemetery in Eagle Point Township.