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Ellen Hylan Clark

Obit-ClarkEllen Hylan Clark was called Home on Friday, July 11, 2014. She passed away in her sleep, age 87, in the home of her grand-daughter Roxanna Spear, surrounded by loving family. Born in Boulder, CO, on August 7, 1927, Ellen was the third of three children born to Mary Alice Hartley and Malcolm Cleveland Hylan (physicist and professor at U of C), during the Great Depression. (At that time, Boulder had a population of about 1,000, many roads were only dirt, and you could walk to about anywhere you needed to go!)

Ellen married her dear love, William Arthur Clark, with whom she celebrated over 65 years of “delightful companionship,” traveled the country and the world, raised three children and three of her grandchildren, and eventually retired with Bill to Estes Park, where she was active in St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. She was especially blessed with 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren whose love for her are a testimony to her tireless and selfless love for her family.

Ellen was an astoundingly generous woman who gave of herself unstintingly and was an embodiment of the virtue of grace. She loved to learn about the world, she read continuously, and she considered her foreign scientific travels with husband Bill to be the greatest of educations and life experiences she could have had. Ellen was also known to her family for her haiku poetry, her love of literature and the Colorado wildlife, and for her joy in travel, storytelling, and entertaining. Her grandchildren know and love her for her steadfast constancy, creative flexibility, regal poise, fun birthday parties, and soothing lullabies.

Locally, Ellen attended Boulder High School where she was a valuable asset to the debate team!  Later, after receiving her BA in English from the University of Colorado, Ellen went on to teach until she married Bill and began her 2nd “career” in PHT (Putting him Through).

Mrs. William Arthur Clark (as she formally insisted by mail) was preceded in death by older sister June, younger brother, Bruce, numerous friends, and her ever dear and loving husband Bill (Cornell Ph.D, Naval Ensign, Microbiologist, and hobbyist in Chinese cooking, watercolor, and gardening).

“First Mate” Ellen raised their children, kept their gardens blooming, edited Bill’s professional papers, entertained visiting foreign and domestic scientists, and designed their energy-efficient home… and kept Bill laughing all the way! They attributed their successful constancy to deep friendship, a sense of humor, and (possibly) inertia.

Ellen was survived by her children, Tim, Peter, and Judy, Sister Anne Riley (& Paul!), Nephew Mike, Niece Stephanie, Grandchildren Amy, David, Roxie, Audrey, Amanda, Jared, Jeffrey, Angela, and great-grands Hagen, Dylan, Harley, Aiden, Gracey, Selena, Madelynne, Mackenna, Gabriel and Althea.

Ellen’s memorial service was held August 2, 2014, at the Main Street Chapel in Snowflake, Arizona. Her remains will be committed to eternal rest alongside Bill in a separate committal service at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Estes Park, Colorado. As Ellen would have said, “You can take the girl out of the mountains but you can’t take the mountains out of the girl”. Grammy/Mom, we are happy to know you are returning Home in every sense of the word. Yet, we will miss you dearly. Please contact Amy Nelson at (928) 536-3022 for condolences or further information about the services.

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