Luella Joan Clark
Luella Joan Clark was born to Kenneth and Johanna (DeGroot) Miller in Chicago, Illinois, on Oct. 12, 1928. While in high school the family relocated to Kokomo, Indiana, where she graduated from Howard Township School in 1946.
In 1947 she married the love of her life, Navy veteran Richard E. Clark, and became his life partner in poultry farming, land improvement contracting, and co-managing Walnut Manor Apartments. She worked as bookkeeper for The L Shop for 25 years and after retirement enjoyed part-time work with McGavic's John Deere store.
Luella made friends easily and enjoyed membership in the Howard Township Home Economics Club, The Howard Township Country Cousins, Cherished Teddies Club, Senior Citizens, and the Red Hatters. While wintering in Florida, she enjoyed euchre and pinochle games with friends at Seven Lakes.
Luella possessed a strong faith and dearly loved the family and fellowship of Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer. She earned a certificate for 25 years as Sunday school teacher and passed those teachings on to her children and grandchildren. As a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt, she described her life as filled with happy achievements while also challenged to overcome disappointments. Her Dutch heritage was a source of pride, and she kept the Dutch House rules posted in her home.
Luella was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother Ross, sister Alicia Frances, and daughter Alicia Marie.
Left to cherish her memory are daughters Carol and Bev (Mark), of Fort Myers, Florida, and son Rick of Kokomo; grandchildren, Keith, Kurt, Kristen (William), Pearl Julia, Richard, Delaney; and one great-grandson, Bryce Dailey. As Aunt Lu, she enriched the lives of nieces Martha, Barbara, Arlene, Evie, and nephews Bob, Robert, Chris, Mike, and Lars. Her two favorite cousins survive in Yerington, Nevada, Valerie and Roy DeGroot.
Private services will be held in Kokomo at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, Luella requested memorials be made to Redeemer Lutheran School of Kokomo.
The family wishes to express gratitude to Dr. Jon Burdzy, Hope Hospice, and Florida Cancer Center for their compassionate care over the past few weeks.
Published on October 9, 2019


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Jill Ellis
Oct 19, 2019
Our family with three girls were friends with Alicia, Carol and Bev and their parents, Lou and Richard when we were growing up. She and all the family were the nicest people ever. Been many years, but always remember kind good people.
Oct 13, 2019
I’m glad you’ll have a whole other crowd to make laugh until I see you again. I love you grandma.
Michelle Shacklee
Oct 09, 2019
Rick, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your mom's smile was a breath of sunshine. When she smiled the entire room lite up. She was a pleasure to work with. She is reunited with your dad again so I know that's why the sun is shining so bright outside. She will be missed but never forgotten. God bless you and the rest of your family.
Gregory Werich
Oct 09, 2019
Will remember Luella as my first catechism teacher and her driving the little white VW convertible.
" For all the saints who from their labors rest,
Who Thee by faith before the world confess,
Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest,
Alleluia! Alleluia!"