July 03, 1917 – December 03, 2012
Omaha, NE and formerly of Chicago, IL and Oskaloosa, IA
Mildred passed away Monday afternoon at the Life Care Center in Omaha, NE at the age of 95 years and 5 months.
Mildred Clark, daughter of Rennie Nelson and Daisy Washington, was born July 3, 1917, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. She was a graduate of Oskaloosa High School and then studied business at William Penn College. She married Reilly Clark, April 13, 1935. They later divorced. Mildred moved to Chicago in 1944. She started working for the then startup company, Johnson Publishing Company, which eventually published Ebony and Jet Magazine and Fashion Fair Cosmetics. She began as a receptionist, but eventually through hard work and determination gained the position of vice president comptroller. Mildred eventually retired after 43 years with the company. In her retirement years, Mildred enjoyed spending time with her family, she loved all of her sisters and brothers and nieces and nephews. Mildred’s big passion was fishing. She always had a story or a joke for any occasion. She was a master of the anecdote; she had a quick wit, some wise words, and some good cooking on the stove. In her later years Mildred suffered from illness and moved to the Omaha NE area to be near her sister. Mildred touched the lives of many many people. She will be truly missed by all of those who had the privilege of knowing her.
Mildred’s remaining family includes a sister, Ollie Potter of Tampa, FL and many many nieces and nephews spread across the USA.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers: Edward, Robert and Fred Nelson; and three sisters: Irene Hopkins, Virginia Tibbs and Deveta Irvin.
Memorial Service: 10 a.m., Saturday morning, January 19, 2013 at Garland-Van Arkel-Langkamp Funeral Chapel with Pastor Alvern Boetsma of the Good News Chapel officiating.
Interment: Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa, Iowa
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.