Shirley Clark Obituary, Death – Shirley G. Clark Shirley was born on August 13, 1936, and passed away on December 4, 2022. She attended Jefferson High School and later attended Portland State University to further her education. She was born in the city of St. Paul, which is located in the state of Minnesota. She was the mother of Richard K. Clark (Angela), the wife of Donald E. Clark, and the stepmother of Donna Kim Clark and Donald E. Clark II. She was married to Donald E. Clark. In addition, she had five great-grandchildren and seven grandchildren of her own. Shirley was a talented painter, photographer, and art enthusiast; however, she was reclusive and very private in her artistic pursuits.
In spite of the fact that she kept to herself, she took great pleasure in participating in exhibitions of her artwork at western museums, universities, and galleries, both locally and in the Northwest. This was the case even though she preferred to keep to herself. She was able to visit some of the most remarkable art collections in the Western hemisphere as a result of the fact that she and Don went on their adventures together around the world. Shirley experienced a lot of happiness as a result of several events, including the fact that her artwork was featured above the banner line on the front page of The Oregonian, her attendance at a cabinet-level swearing-in ceremony at the White House during the Clinton Administration, and her dancing with the late President Gerald R. Ford.
Shirley, a single mother with a young son, persisted and was able to secure a home loan in the Portland area despite the challenges she faced and the prejudice she encountered. When she was working as a member of the staff for the Mayor of Portland, Terry D. Schrunk, she was very involved in the process of establishing the Portland-Sapporo Sister City program. This occurred while she was in Portland. She had a soft spot in her heart for animals, cats in particular, and she was very proud to make donations to organizations that rescued animals. She had always had a soft spot in her heart for animals. Her entire group of close friends affectionately referred to her as their “Kitty Mother.”