Mary was born August 16, 1922 in Bellville, Ohio; the only surviving child of Gaylord Myers and Natalie Rutherford. She attended public schools in Bellville, graduating in 1940 from Bellville HS, and went on to graduate from Ohio University, as Legacy Family, with a B.S. degree in home economics.
She was a school teacher who worked for the Red Cross during the later years of WWII. There she met and married a young Marine, Allen Berkley Clark from South Boston, Va.
Virginia, as she was known, spent the next 30+ years as a dedicated Marine wife, moving frequently and entertaining with ease and diplomacy while raising two boys. After Allen retired they settled in Fallbrook, where they made many friends and were active in the United Methodist Church.
She is the author of the book “A Family History, The Ohio Families of Myers, Stevens, McMaster and Rutherford and Virginia families of Clark and Bonner” published 2007, crowning her years of genealogy research.
She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Col. Allen B. Clark USMC retired; her son Aric and wife Helen Clark of Mill Valley; daughter-in-law Diana Clark of Phoenix, Ariz.; granddaughters Darshani (Clark) Sparrow of Phoenix, and Emma Clark of Reno, Nev. She was the proud great-grandmother of Abi and Nitara Sukumaran of Phoenix. She was predeceased by son Allen Clark in 2013.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday May 6 at the United Methodist Church in Fallbrook.