In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to "Defender of God" Kid's Group @ Sheldon Baptist Church.
Phyllis Ray Clark, age 66, of Walker, MO, passed away Friday morning, September 6, 2019, in her home. Phyllis was born to Robel and Reba Huff on April 29, 1953, in Phoenix, AZ. They would later move back to Missouri to be closer to family. Phyllis graduated from Walker in 1970, then went on to nursing school and graduated as well. On November 3, 1972, she married her high school sweetheart, Mike Clark. They were married 37 years before his early passing in October of 2009.
Phyllis wore many hats over the years. She went into nursing after graduating, then from there worked in the lab until the early 90s, when she and Mike purchased Dirt Works race cars. She then worked there until 2008, when she decided it was time to step back and slow down a little. Since that time she has been back to nursing, back to the lab, and most recently working for the US Postal Service, starting in Harwood, then finally when it came open, moving to the Walker office a couple of blocks from her home. She truly enjoyed her job, mostly because of her customers coming in and visiting pretty much on a daily basis with her.
Family and her faith in Jesus Christ was what meant the most to her. She adored her grandkids and cherished the time she spent with them. She was proud of each of them and would brag to others about their accomplishments often. She enjoyed watching her son Gary race and could be found at the race track cheering him on. She deeply loved and missed her husband Mike and anticipated the time that they would be reunited in heaven. But mostly, Phyllis adored and worshiped her Savior Jesus Christ.
One thing aside from her family that she was very passionate about was her kids at church. She taught preschool through kindergarten Sunday school class, and had a youth class that consisted of 3rd through 6th graders that named themselves the Defenders of God. She affectionately became Nana Phyllis to each and every one of them over the years. Her older class would raise money through the year to use for buying food, toys, and Bibles for families at Christmas time, which will be carried on in her honor.
Hobbies included cross stitching, quilting, and making gifts for those she loved. She would pray over each item as she was making them and for the person who would receive it. They were made with love and heartfelt meaning. Homemade Christmas gifts are things her family will always cherish. She also enjoyed her dogs, even though they would drive her nuts at times. They were her babies. Phyllis had a servantís heart and was always there to lend a helping hand.
Phyllis is survived by her son Gary and his wife Kimberly of Walker, and three grandchildren, Emme Clark of Bolivar, and Aidan and Abby Sumpter both of Walker. She was very passionate and proud of her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robel and Reba Huff, her husband Mike, and several grandparents and great grandparents. Phyllis was a very special and one of a kind woman, and she will be greatly missed by many.
Memorial services for Phyllis Clark were held on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at Sheldon Baptist Church with Jerod Lamb and Roger Beach officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.