Alvina Virginia Clark (known as "Virginia" or "Nuddy"), long-time resident of Dodge City, Kansas, died at age 86 on July 13, 2017, in Wichita, Kansas, where she had resided since early May 2017. Virginia was born on August 7, 1930, in Shiloh, Illinois, the daughter of Walter and Lousa (Seipp) Hangsleben. Virginia came from a large family and was the youngest of ten children.
Virginia married George Foster Clark of Ontonagon, Michigan, on June 23, 1951, in the Methodist Church in Shiloh, Illinois. He preceded her in death on April 11, 1994. George was in the US Air Force when they married and eleven months later was sent to Korea for a year, so they missed the opportunity to celebrate their first anniversary together. When George returned from Korea after serving six years in the US Air Force, he went to work for AT&T where he worked for 35 years before retiring. They moved to Dodge City in 1974 after living in Belleville, Illinois; Hillsboro, Missouri; Fairview Heights, Illinois; Independence, Missouri; Topeka, Kansas; and Overland Park, Kansas.
Virginia was a homemaker and raised four children with George. After raising her children, she enjoyed doing volunteer work for a number of organizations. Virginia was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Dodge City, the United Methodist Women, Builders Sunday School Class, Hypatia, and RSVP.
Virginia’s hobbies included working crossword puzzles and reading. She also liked playing cards with friends and family. She enjoyed traveling with family or friends, particularly Alaskan and Hawaiian cruises. Virginia remained physically active for many years through classes at the YMCA.
Virginia is survived by one daughter, Marsha (Dennis) Helmer of Wichita; three sons including Steve Clark of Tempe Arizona, Mark (Bev) Clark of Wichita, and David Clark of Chanute, Kansas; five grandchildren including Jennifer Helmer, Michael Helmer, and Dahkota Clark all of Wichita, Zane Clark of Chanute, and Sarah Clark of San Tan Valley, Arizona; and four great grandchildren including Aleah Delgado of Wichita and Kiley, Kayten and Keyen Jackson all of San Tan Valley; and her sister, Betty Fahrner of Belleville, Illinois. Virginia was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Lousa; husband George; six brothers; and two sisters.
Visitation will be at Swaim Funeral Chapel in Dodge City on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral service will be held at the Dodge City First United Methodist Churchon Thursday, July 20, 2017, at 10:30 AM with Rev. Jerre Nolte presiding. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City. Suggested memorials are the United Methodist Women of the Dodge City First United Methodist Church and Wichita Good Shepherd Hospice both in care of the funeral home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.