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CLARK, Merla Jean Foster Barber (1943-2013)

2013 September 25 (Wednesday) Redding Record Searchlight:

Merla Jean Foster Clark, age 70 of Ono, California passed peacefully with family and friends by her side on September 17, 2013.

Merla was born April 14, 1943 in Redding, California to Lee and Mable Foster.

She is survived by her daughter Debra Clark of Cottonwood; son Michael Barber and wife Joanne of Ono; daughter Bobbi Tucker and husband Alan of Ono; son Michael Clark and wife Sharon of Redding. She was also blessed with 8 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and her faithful dog Toto.

She is predeceased by her parents Lee and Mable Foster, husband Gerald Clark, son James Allen Clark and brother James Lee Foster, Sr.

Merla's life is distinguished not only by her love of family, but also by her generosity and devotion to preserving the past.  Merla had a special place in her heart for history, archaeology and preserving Native American burial and sacred sites. Merla did a lot more than study the past; she would roll up her sleeves and get to working in the dirt to make the world a better place. Merla worked as a monitor and as an Archaeological Assistant on many Native American digs. Merla's love for history and thirst for knowledge led her to take and retake many Archaeology classes just for the pure enjoyment of learning.

Merla was actively involved in the lcal community as a Grange Executive Board Member and Grange Hall Rental Manager. Merla was also a member of the Shasta historical Society, Trinity County Historical Society, Southwest Shasta Historical Group, and the Wintu Educational and Cultural Council.

The family would like to invite family and friends to a celebration of Merla's life Sunday, September 29, 2013.

Grave side services will be at the Ono Cemetery at 11:00 am and a potluck reception to follow at the Ono Grange Hall.

For information call 396-2446. Memorial donations may be made to the Ono Grange, P O Box 200, Igo, CA 96047 or the Wintu Educational & Cultural Council, 2955 Red Bud Lane, Anderson, CA 96007.

Merla donated blood for years. She would appreciate your donating of blood or platelets to help others as it helped her when she needed it most.~

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