January 2, 1922 - February 25, 2018
Born in Ripon, CA
Resided in Salinas, California
The seventh child of Anna Sophie Gehlken and Charles Clarence Miller, Gladys was born in Ripon, California on January 1, 1922. Her father moved around often in search of work, and so the Miller family lived briefly in many California towns before finally settling in Orange in 1928, where Gladys attended St. John's Lutheran Elementary School and Covina High School. In 1940 she enrolled in Pasadena Junior College, but her studies were soon cut short by the outbreak of World War II, whereupon she joined the U.S. Navy as a WAVE, serving as a nurse's aide.
After the war, Gladys worked for a Baldwin Park physician. A young chiropractor named Lloyd Clark used to come to that office weekly, and one day he asked Gladys out. After a year of courtship, the two were married on April 29, 1949. The couple took up residence in San Gabriel, where all five of their children were born.
In 1960, the Clark family moved to Fresno. In 1962, they relocated to San Jose, where they purchased a home at 210 S. 15th Street. Gladys worked at San Jose Hospital to supplement her husband's income as a chiropractor.
On November 25, 1967, Lloyd died unexpectedly. Gladys took secretarial courses and secured a job as an eligibility worker with Santa Clara County Social Services, a position she held for 19 years. Now the sole provider of her household, she managed to keep her family together and a roof over their heads—no small accomplishment.
During the next 44 years at the family's 15th Street home, Gladys saw her children move out, move in again, get married, have children of their own, and graduate from college. She never remarried.
In 2006, Gladys sold the family home and moved into Villa Serra, a retirement community in Salinas, where she soon came to delight in the joys of retirement without household responsibilities. After a series of minor strokes in 2013, she moved into Brookdale Senior Living.
Gladys Clark was a remarkable woman with an indomitable spirit. She loved to garden, travel, and read, and had a lifelong interest in learning. Her selflessness, kindness, and compassion were exemplary. Outspoken and wise, she was the best mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend anyone could imagine. Gladys Clark will live on forever in the hearts and minds of all who had the privilege of knowing her.
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Salinas, CA US 93901