With loved ones at her side, Vera Annelle Shield Clark, 87, died courageously of natural causes on May 21, 2007, at her granddaughter’s home in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Annelle was born in Santa Anna, Texas, on March 22, 1920, to Vera Lillian Keller Shield and Hubert Io Shield. She was married to James A. Clark, whom she met while he was stationed at Camp Bowie in Brownwood, Texas, during World War II.
Annelle graduated with a degree in English from Howard Payne College in Brownwood, Texas. Her language skills made her a valuable secretary in Texas and later at Kimberly-Clark Corporation in Neenah, Wis.
Following a few years in Detroit, Mich., after the war ended, she moved with her husband and young daughter to the Clark family farm on the shore of Lake Winneconne near Larsen, Wis.
After 44 years of marriage and a divorce in 1987, she returned to Santa Anna, Texas, where she lived in her family home until her health deteriorated in 2001, at which time she moved to Utah to be closer to her daughter’s family.
Annelle was an intelligent, warm, generous, fun woman, indeed quite a character. In Wisconsin she enjoyed snowy Christmases, the Aurora Borealis, autumn leaves, basswood trees, and walks in the west woods at the farm. In Texas, she enjoyed driving through the countryside with friends looking for bluebonnets and eating peach cobbler, chocolate pie and pit barbeque. Wherever she lived, she appreciated birds (especially cardinals), wildflowers and sunsets. She shared her love of nature, traveling and learning with her children, Judith (Donald) Adolphson, Salt Lake City, and James A. Clark Jr., Milwaukee, as well as her four grandchildren.
She is also survived by five lively great-grandsons. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Bess Inez Shield, and former husband. Markers will be placed in the Bell Cemetery near Winneconne, Wis., and the Santa Anna Cemetery in Texas.