Rosemary (Goodin) Clark

Born: Tue., Jun. 21, 1927
Died: Sat., Mar. 21, 2020


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Rosemary Goodin Clark, age 92, of rural Pittsfield, IL passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at her residence.  She was born on June 21, 1927 in Pittsfield, IL to Frank Estill and Mary Elizabeth Jeans Goodin.  She married Wayne Robert “Bob” Clark on June 9, 1946 and he preceded her in death on September 18, 2010.

Rosemary was a hardworking, innovative and highly skilled farmer and homemaker.  She was a devoted and loving wife, an exceptional mother, a doting daughter, a fun loving and always supportive sister, and a wise and dedicated mother-in-law, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, aunt, and cousin.  Rosemary was a compassionate and always available mentor to numerous young women in the community who she thought of as her daughters.  She was very active in her church and community, and a true believer that “The only person you can change is you, so love and accept others as they are.”  

Rosemary was a proud and dedicated member of the First Christian Church of Pittsfield where she was selected as the 1990 Woman of the Year.  She served her Lord and church as Deaconess, Elder, Sunday School teacher, as well as a leader and participant in the Christian Woman Fellowship, Circle 5, kitchen volunteer at the Crossroads Center, and volunteer on the Funeral Dinner Committee.  Rosemary was selected as 1998 Pike County Soil and Water Conservation Farmers of the Year with her husband.  She served on the Illini Community Hospital Board of Directors and the Farm and Home Administration Advisory Board.  She also served as Hardin Township Election Judge and polling station worker, and was a proud member of the Farmer’s Union, The National Farmers Union, and the Democrat Party.  

A staunch adherent of Abraham Lincoln’s maxim “it’s not the years in your life that count – it’s the life in your years,” Rosemary travelled broadly throughout the continental United States and Alaska, and to Egypt and the Holy Lands of Israel.  She loved to congregate with friends and family, host large dinners, dance at Dance Club gatherings, and play Pinochle and Dominoes with the Country Couples and Line Club.  She also found joy and communion with the birds that surrounded her home.

She is survived by her two sons, Robert Estill (Shari) Clark of Pittsfield, IL and Richard Wayne Clark of San Anselmo, CA; seven grandchildren, Cathlyn Susan Clark, Christopher Calvin Clark, Dayle McKay, Jason (Dawn) McKay, Erin McKay-White, Bret (Deanna) Ruff, and Jake Jacobson; and numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Robert “Bob” Clark; her parents, Estill and Mary Goodin; sisters, Dorothy and Ada Jean; and various aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will  be held privately and interment will be at Goodin Cemetery near Pittsfield.  Memorials are suggested to be made to the First Christian Church.  Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com.  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Rosemary's memory to the following organization:

First Christian Church
225 N. Memorial, Pittsfield, IL 62363

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James A Johnson
   Posted Mon March 23, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Robert I remember all the times our parents got together to play cards.

Bob Weaver
   Posted Mon March 23, 2020
So sorry to learn of your mother's passing. You can take comfort that she lived a long and productive life, but, with current conditions, it is sad that a public celebration of her life cannot take place.

DAVID K DODD
   Posted Mon March 23, 2020
Robert and Richard, I'm very sorry to hear about your mother's death.

Dinah Willard
   Posted Mon March 23, 2020
I am sorry to learn this and send my sympathy to you Bob, and family.

ray kelley
   Posted Mon March 23, 2020
Sorry to hear Rosemary passing, I worked with her thru the church, she was very active Lady, she was very kind lady sure she will be missed , my condolence to her family.

Raymond & Joan Moffit
   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
So sorry to hear of Rosemary’s passing! She was a neighbor & friend for over 50 years! We have many great memories of her & Bob including sharing a very special dog named Bandit! Our sincere condolences to family & friends!

Mark Hubbard
   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
Have fond memories of All of your family. Rosemary is now receiving her reward and having a great reunion in heaven.
Prayers for the family
Mark and Sherry

Linda K and Rachel Elledge
   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
We would like to send our sincerest condolences to the family.

Larry Mays
   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
Bob, very sorry to hear about your mother. She obviously had a wonderful life! The very best to you and Shari.

Edee Chamberlain Hermens
   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
I was so sorry to read about mothers death. She was a dear person that I have known almost my entire life through church. What a wonderful life she had and I am sorry that we cannot celebrate her life with you. May God comfort you in the coming days.

Marilyn McNary-Vincent
   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
Robert I am so very sorry to learn of your mother's passing. You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers

Bonnie Casteel Long
   Posted Wed March 25, 2020
My condolence to Rosemary’s family as I recall memories.
Mostly ones through church, particularly Circle 5 and Sunday Adult class.
She was always quick to participate and express her opinion when the conversation presented. Rosemary and Bob always seemed willing and generous
with any need. I will remember her best as an example of true
unconditional love.
Rather than Sympathy I pray you proud of a Mother’s life so well lived.🕊

John Hubbard
   Posted Sat March 28, 2020
Have so many warm memories of your Mother and all the family. Praying for your comfort and peace. John and Pat Hubbard

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