2014-09-04 / Obituaries

Peggy Clark

S. Virginia Clark, or “Peggy” as close friends in Taft called her, passed away in the early morning on Saturday, June 28, 2014 in the home of her only child, Cheryl Adams, of Sanger, Calif.

Peggy was fortunate to have experienced a long and fulfilling life, and passed away at the age of 94.

She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Adams, two grandchildren, Jon P. Adams and Julia L. Richardson, and four great-grandchildren, Jon Bradley Adams, Garrett, Mia and Madison Richardson.

Peggy was born on Nov. 30, 1919 in Victorville. Her mother was a registered nurse, and part of the Trabucco family from Bear Valley in Mariposa County. Peggy’s father moved the family to Taft to work in the Standard Oil oilfields. Peggy’s family settled in an area owned by her well-established “Grandmother Dustin,” which was later named “Dustin Acres.”

Peggy knew the importance of education and graduated from Fresno State in 1942. She had been an active member of the sorority Phi Mu. After college, she taught grades kindergarten through sixth and became a reading specialist during her 37-year career.

During this time, World War II was in full swing and her only brother, Bobby, introduced her to his master sergeant in the Marine Corps, Richard T. Clark. Sadly, Bobby perished at Iwo Jima before he could learn the news that his sister had married Richard (formerly known in Taft as yje assistant chief of police and district administrator of parks and recreation.)

Peggy had many hobbies and interests. She traveled extensively around the world, visited all 50 states in the United States and most of the Canadian provinces.

After her husband passed away, she met Wayne D. Smith of Maricopa. She and Wayne spent many happy hours flying together in planes he built himself.

Peggy was a philanthropist and donated money to various charities, usually to places that had a significant historical impact, as she loved to read any true stories about the history of England or the United States.

She was a member of the Taft Photography Club and donated antique family memorabilia to the West Kern Oil Museum. Peggy became an accomplished artist in China painting. She was a devout Episcopalian and donated her time and energy teaching Bible school to children, giving financial support generously and helping out wherever she was needed, even if it meant watering and planting more flowers in the courtyard. She was later honored by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Taft as “Woman of the Year.”

Private graveside funeral services were held on July 3. In lieu of flowers, Peggy wanted people to honor her memory by donating to the Taft West Kern Oil Museum.

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