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Mary Clark Richard
January 29, 1921 – May 25, 2020
Mary Clark Richard was born on December 29, 1921 in Cheek, Texas to the late Daniel Clark Sr. and Dollie Parkerson Clark. Mary was the second child out of ten children. Her and her two sisters, Lorena “TeTa” and Lillian were known as the Clark girls, because they were so beautiful. Education was always very important to her. In her early years she had to walk five miles to school on a dirt road. She carried a dipping cup tied to a string to dip in a well to get a drink of water. Mary accepted Christ at an early age at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Beaumont, Texas. Later in life, she became a member of Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Beaumont, Texas and the last home church was St. Martin de Porres Mission in Fannett, Texas. She was virtuous, generous, kind, serious, a confidant, courageous, nurturing, inspiring, God fearing, always prayerful, reading and studying the bible. Mary gave love and she was well loved. Mary married the love of her life Martel Richard on January 2,1940. During the course of their marriage they had thirteen children. She was affectionately known as MaDea and the matriarch of our family. Mary was a business woman who helped her husband manage an auto garage, a small grocery store, a night club, a baseball park, and a drive in theater. This was done at the same time she was juggling the responsibilities of motherhood, housekeeping and caring for her elderly in laws, Prosper and Ida Richard. She was known for saying, “If you have to lie to get something, it is not worth having. Martel and Mary were married over 64 years when he passed on September 1. 2004. When an interviewer from a local news station asked her about the secret to a happy marriage, she replied, “Marriage takes a lot of prayers and good communication. And sometimes that means knowing when to shut your mouth.” She was generous to the community. She also enjoyed riding horses, dancing, traveling, bicycle riding, singing and exercising. Mary was still using a treadmill at 96 years young. Mary was a very good cook. Her sister Teta always would say that “Mary makes some of the biggest, ugliest, out of shaped best tasting biscuits in the world”. Mary always had large family gatherings and she would make sure it was plenty of delicious food for everyone. She was a straight shooter, she didn’t take sides because you were her child or listen to gossip from anyone. Mary passed peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her children. She was proceeded in death by her parents, Daniel and Dollie Clark, her husband, Martel Richard son, Stephen Martel Richard, one grandson Freddie Joseph, her brothers Ace Clark Sr., Daniel Clark Jr., Thomas Clark, Earnel Clark, John Herman Clark and Edward Earl Clark, her sisters Lillian Duhon, and Lorena”Teta” Turner. She leaves to cherish her memory her sons Paul Rudarch Richard (Beverly), Winica Roll Richard (Janice), John Michael Richard (Suzette) Martin Prosper Richard (Angela) and Lorence David Richard (Melody) her daughters Cewillow Catherine Petry, Marcella Thibodeaux, Lana Deshotel, Jacquelyn Joseph (Fred), Patricia Maxson, Addie Broussard, and Lydia Bell (Melvin),32 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grand daughter and a host of relatives and friends.