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Mary Clark

Mary Kristine "Kris" Clark died at home on Thursday, Sept. 11, after a long battle with melanoma, trusting in Jesus Christ and surrounded by her loving family.

Mary Kristine Bauer was born June 23, 1952 in San Francisco, the third child of seven to Dr. Edward and Mary Bauer of Fremont.

Kris met Richard "Dick" Clark in 1971 and they were married on May 13, 1972, the beginning of a lifelong partnership they both cherished. They eventually settled in Davis where they had first met. Kris applied tremendous creativity and energy to her roles as wife and mother.

In 1978, Kris met Rev. P.G. Mathew, who shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with her from the pages of Scripture. Kris believed the gospel and put her trust in Christ. She was a member of Grace Valley Christian Center for 30 years, and was known for her deep faith in God, her love for the Word of God, and her tireless acts of service in the church.

After raising her two children, James and Sarah, Kris attended Sacramento State, where she completed her bachelors degree in child development in 1998 and her multi-subject teaching credential in 1999. She graduated summa cum laude and was named "Student of the Year" by the Education Department at CSUS.

Kris was assistant director of Davis Parent Nursery School from 1993 to 1996, and director of the program from 2006 to 2008. She taught elementary school in the River Delta School District from 2000 to 2005, most of the time at Clarksburg Elementary School where her husband had attended school in his youth. Kris brought the same energy and devotion to her professional life with young children that she had applied to her own family.

Kris is survived by Richard, her loving husband of 36 years; her children, James Clark and Sarah Breitenbach; her brothers, Greg, Steve and David; and sisters Jane, Kate and Beth; her grandchildren, John Justin and Julia; her cousin Sue; and other beloved relatives. These and all who knew her will remember her with tenderest love and for her favorite and often-repeated statement, "Life is short live for Christ."

A memorial service is planned for Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at Grace Valley Christian Center, 27173 County Road 98 in Davis. A private graveside service will precede the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Yolo Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

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Dear Clark Family, I attended Kris's playgroup probably for at least a couple of years before starting kindergarten. My brother Kevin also attended playgroup with me. Sarah, I also believe that you were my babysitter for a while. I am deeply sorry for your loss of Kris. I will miss her greatly. I enjoyed knowing her and being apart of her playgroup. Again, I am very sorry for your loss. Kris was a great person and she will be missed by everyone in my family that knew her.

Ryan Mardesich Sep 22 2008 12:00 AM

Dick, It was truly a blessing for us to share in Kris' home going. You are in our prayers. In Christ's Love, Robie & Erica

Robie & Erica Corser Sep 18 2008 12:00 AM

Our hearts go out to Kris's family and dear friends at Grace Valley Christian Center. Don & Bobby Bartelt (Carole Buddingh's Mom and Dad)

M/M Donald Bartelt Sep 18 2008 12:00 AM

Dear Dick, James, & Sarah, I was deeply saddened to here about Kris. I had to think about all of the good times Debi & I shared with you so many years ago. Time flys by too fast. Bar B Q at the house on KROY, trips to Susanville, and the weekends I spent with you guys after Debi & I broke up. Be strong Dick, Kris is now in the care of someone she loves as much as you.

Jay McDonald Sep 18 2008 12:00 AM

Dear Clark Family, Kris was one of my students back in Fall 1995 at Sac State. I remember vividly which semester it was because I had a 1 1/2-year-old daughter and a 6-month-old son at home and I was attempting a return to work. One day I forgot some of my teaching materials at home in Davis and was just overwhelmed by all I had on me. Kris was such a comfort and support to me during that time. Being the experienced parent, she was more the teacher than the student. I was last in touch with Kris in January of this year when she had me as a guest speaker for the parent education class at DPNS. It was so rewarding to see her in that position. I knew Kris would share with others what she had shared with me years ago when I was parenting little ones. I cherish a photo Kris sent me at Christmas time last year. It is a photo of her and Dick holding two little grandchildren in front of a Christmas tree. I can see the PRIDE, the LOVE, and the FUN she enjoyed with her family. She has left such a permanent and positive mark on so many lives. She will not be forgotten. I am go glad I had the privilege to know her. My sympathy to all of you.

Ann Moylan Sep 18 2008 12:00 AM

My heart-felt sympathy to the family of Kris Clark. Kris was a kind and loving person who made me feel very much a part of the Clark family as John and Sarah's Aunt Carol. She always welcomed me with open arms, including me in many family get together's at her and Dick's home. I will look forward to seeing her again when Jesus returns for his church.

Carol Harrison Sep 17 2008 12:00 AM

Dear Clark Family - Please accept our sincerest condolences to you during this very painful time. We know how deeply you loved your wife/mom, and she will most certainly be missed. Our prayer is that through your sorrow will come years of happy and loving memories of her. May God hold you in his loving arms until you're together again. Love, Erik and Martha

Erik and Martha Knudsen Sep 17 2008 12:00 AM

Dear Dick, James & Sarah, It broke my heart today to read about Kris's passing. I don't know how time got away from us, but I want you to know that you never left my heart and the times we spent together were some of my happiest. I will forever remember Kris as the most awesome wife and mom. She was kind and loving and smart and so grounded in the happiness of loving her husband and children. Dick, I can't even find the right words to console you. You and Kris had the most wonderful love and deep commitment to each other. She loved you without question. Your marriage was truly a union of deepest respect and faith. You shared something that escapes so many couples. "You did good". James and Sarah, I know your mother's love for you will see you through this difficult time. She loved you even before you wre born. I know you meant everything to her. Jason sends his prayers to you also. He too was very saddened to hear about Kris. Dick, I asked him to make sure and call Jay, as he would want to know also. Before my grandmother passed away, she told me, "If you ever need me, go outside and look up at the stars. Find the brightest one, and that will be me." Kris, you are forever in my heart..... With love, Debi Penn (McDonald)

Debi Penn (McDonald) Sep 17 2008 12:00 AM

I worked with Kris at Bates Elementary School, and I was very sorry to read of her death. She was a great teacher and a great person to work with. My sympathies to your family.

Cynthia Salman Sep 17 2008 12:00 AM

I enjoyed knowing Kris at DPNS last year when my granddaughter attended her class. The children all wanted to sit close to her and she made everyone feel welcome. She was always very kind and gentle. I hope you will take comfort in the joy she brought to others.

Peggy Hale Sep 17 2008 12:00 AM