Susan K Clark (Karley)
(1946 - 2010)

Susan K Clark (Karley)

South Dakota
January 15, 1946

July 21, 2010

This site is dedicated to an amazing person that we will miss dearly – Susan K Clark. She was a fantastic mother, grandmother, sister, a devoted daughter and friend. Susan was born on January 15th, 1946 and she passed away on July 21, 2010 quietly and peacefully as were her final wishes. Susan touched a lot of people in many ways and lived a very full life. Susan had a style and a flair all her own. May you rest in peace, Mom.

Please sign the guest book and share stories in memory of my mother. We'd love to see any pictures you may have - there were so many that I could not locate.

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What a shock.Every year we exchanged Christmas cards, and thank you Carlie for telling me of your Mom's passing. We are gone in July on vacation, so I missed knowing about her passing.
Susan was the best rep in the world..I remember when she told me that Carlie was dressed as the bionic woman and how she would walk( or was she the million dollar woman??) Or the time she came into my salon with ice cream dripped down the front of her.
Every state convention I would bring her a snicker bar, she loved her chocolate! Many times we went out for lobster together, I was just thinking after the holidays we should get together again.
Susan will be in my heart forever, she was a super friend.
Marianne Borgeson
Marianne Borgeson (friend)
December 17th, 2010
Although I was unable to attend the Life Celebration, I was there in spirit. I was surprised to find that one of the best Susan stories remained untold.

This is how I recall it though I’m sure that my recollection is not wholly complete:

It was before some major dance being held at the college, probably about 1968. Susan needed some gloves for the dance and wanted to get them from a particular boutique in downtown Fargo. Mother allowed her to go to the store with her car as it was getting later in the day, about 4:30 p.m. and the store would close.

Unfortunately, Susan has a minor accident at a traffic light at Main Avenue and Broadway in downtown Fargo (probably the busiest intersection in the city at that time). To make things worse, Susan had hit this woman twice... Susan was driving a 1957 Oldsmobile stationwagon, affectionately known within the family as ‘The Tank’ for its ability to withstand anything.

Susan calls the police station to ask about the accident. She asks the officer who answers “If there’s no damage to my car and there’s only a liitttlle bitty scratch to the other car, do I have to report the accident?”

The officer replies that yes she does and asks where the accident occurred.. She tells him and his response is, “Oh my God!”.

He tells her to remain there and that he will send a squad.

She says, “Oh, no! Don’t send a squad! One car will do!”

Another of our favorite stories was another time Susan and a male friend were sitting in the bar having a few drinks before going to dinner. There was another gentleman sitting at the bar as well and he had been playing the jar pull tickets and the remains were lying scattered on the bar.

The bartender (a woman) comes over and says, “I’ll get these losers out of here.”

Susan replies, “Oh let’s let them finish their drinks first...”

Susan and I were terribly competitive. There was one occasion when we inadvertently set fire to the garbage can in the kitchen while playing Boggle. It was in the middle of the game so we doused it with water and set it outside on the fire escape.

We went to see a physic in Minneapolis one time. Susan, being competitive, asked him which one of us was the smarter. The physic diplomatically said that I was the smarter but that Susan had me on experience. We laughed.

She had such an incredibly quick wit, enjoyed a good story and was more than willing to laugh at herself.

She was a wonderful sister, a better friend, a reliable sounding board, the voice of reason, your loyal champion and one of the genuinely kindest people I have ever had the good fortune to know. When you were down, you could call her, tell her your frustrations and your problems and she would talk you through them. So many times during our conversations, we would get to laughing so hard that we’d be crying.

I hope that I was there offering comfort for her as much as she had always been there for me.

I miss her every day.
Cindy Cumiford (Sister)
September 14th, 2010
I had known Susan about 30 years ..when she was our rep.Always enjoyed our visits she could sell anything! I was sadden to read about her in the obits,she will be missed!
Kristy bogucki (friend/hair business)
September 9th, 2010
Dear Carlie and family,
I was so shocked to read of Susan's passing in the paper today. I had just been thinking of her and asked a former co-worker about her, I haven't seen her for years! Susan was a rep for us in the beauty business and really, somewhat of a mentor for me. I always admired her professionalism, her contagious laugh,her encouragement, her beauty and AWESOME clothes! I envied her adventures, she always had something new going on, really knew how to live life! She always gave us the truth and in those days, many fables were spread in the business. I can STILL hear her laugh, always spreading good spirits around. I am sorry she is gone and did not realize she was ill. She is the kind of person who needs to be on earth for 120 years, for all the good she shared! This is a beautiful memorial to her, it is lovely to read the stories and see all the pictures. She will continue her legacy through you, Carlie, Jamie and the grandsons. We were all so lucky to have shared life with her! That's our Susan!
Cathy Ann DeJarlais (co-worker)
September 5th, 2010
To Sue's loved ones,
When I visited Sue last summer, we sat in her welcoming kitchen drinking coffee not only reminiscing but also talking about our current thoughts about LIFE. As always, Sue's wonderful sense of humor shined as well as her intelligence--her total grasp of reality regarding her illness and her knowledge of her treatment possibilities were impressive. We talked about literature and about how meaningful kids' lit can be. (Sue had a beautiful children's book that gave her great comfort.) She also very joyfullly pointed out several pictures of her grandsons. The time spent with Sue was lovely because Sue made it that way. We also had several long, meaningful conversations on the phone. I felt really honored to be Sue's friend.
I am deeply sorry for your loss. It may be helpful to remember that those whom we have loved are always with us. I hope that beautiful memories and the support of your loved ones bring you comfort.
Sharon Webster Kennelly (high school/college frien)
August 15th, 2010
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"Happy Birthday to my beautiful mother! Mom, you are always in my thoughts. I miss you now, today and always. Love you."
Carlie Johnson
January 15th, 2011
"Susan, I miss you so much too. Everytime I went shopping this Christmas season. I would see something and think, "That would be great for Susan". Then I'd remember that you aren't here. I loved finding gifts for you every Christmas. Miss you"
Pat Karley
December 25th, 2010
"Tonight I light a Christmas candle in your memory, Mom. I have so many wonderful memories and not a day goes by that I don't think of're always in my thoughts. I miss you so much! Merry Christmas and I love you!"
Carlie Johnson
December 24th, 2010
"Carlie & Allen: Myself & Sharon were one of Susan's many Hair Business customers. She followed us to 3 different shops.She was good for our business & a great friend. It was a privilage to work with her and know her. she loved you both so much."
Kathy Rockvam
September 5th, 2010
"Susan, you welcomed me into your family when Carlie and I got married with open arms. You were such a great and caring mother to Carlie. And of course you were a very special gandmother to the boys. You'll be sorely missed."
Jamie Johnson
July 26th, 2010
""You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again." ~ Psalm 71:20"
Lori Tenney
July 25th, 2010
"When I think of a Classy LADY, I think of Susan. Cards and breakfast once in a while, with lots of laughing at ourselves. She has left an empty spot in my heart. This tribute is wonderful."
Jan Carlson
July 25th, 2010
"An old Esquimo legend says that the stars in the sky are the souls of the departed. Susan, you are a bright, shining star!"
Meredith Johanson
July 25th, 2010
"Carlie, Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful, fitting memorial to your mother and my friend. She was a fellow artist and I am so pleased that I bought one of her paintings just before she dies. A memorial to a beautiful, courageous lady."
Gini MacDonald
July 24th, 2010

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