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Marilyn Joyce (Whaley) Cody Clark
September 1, 1939 ~ October 24, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Marilyn Joyce Clark, known affectionately as Joyce, peacefully passed away on October 24, 2023, at the age of 84 in Herrin, Illinois with her husband and children at her side. Born in Park River, North Dakota, she will be remembered to many as the cherished wife of Ron Clark. Joyce was preceded in death by her brother Ron Whaley, sisters Marge (Hodena) and Madeliene and son-in-law Garrett Clark. She is survived by her children, Andrea, Lee and Mark, her husband Ron Clark, daughter-in-law Amanda and grandchildren Annie and Abby Clark. Joyce began her career in the field of education as an elementary school teacher. Later in life, she returned to school to earn a Master's degree in the Social Sciences and became a school social worker and substance abuse counselor here in Southern Illinois. Beyond her professional endeavors, Joyce excelled in the game of bridge, teaching many, and honing her skills and participating in tournaments around the country, eventually achieving Bronze Life Master status in the American Contract Bridge League. She enjoyed time spent on the golf course, reveling in time spent in the company of family and friends. Please join us to celebrate Joyce's life at the Kokopelli Golf Club, in Marion, Illinois, November 13th, 4-7 p.m. Contributions can be made in her honor to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at https://givenow.lls.org/ The compassionate staff at Colonial Terrace in Eldorado, IL, is honored to assist the family during this difficult time. Joyce will be remembered for her unwavering dedication, kindness, and the impact she made on the lives of others. May she rest in eternal peace.