Gloria "Big Red" Clark
Gloria A. Clark, affectionately known as “Big Red”, 83, of Springfield died at 8:26 pm Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at St. John’s Hospital. She was born April 18, 1929 in Springfield, IL to George J. and Sally Coles King. She was preceded in death by her husband David W. Clark in 1993; brother, George J. “Jimmie” King, and mother and stepfather Sally and Bill Nelson.
Surviving are her son, Michael L. Ruschmeyer of Des Arc, AR; companion, John Spring; grandchildren, Billy (Heather) Sherell and Alexa Elizabeth Ruschmeyer; two great grandchildren, Colton William Sherell and Calleigh Rae Sherell; niece, Sandra King; nephew, Jimmy King; friend and caregiver, Cindy Bonner and her canine companion, Ellie.
Gloria was a resident of Springfield all of her life. She was a member of Springfield Southern Baptist Church. She worked at Sangamo Electric for 26½ years and retired from the Springfield Police Department after 19½ years. Gloria was always on the go. She loved to travel, most recently to Alaska and Branson, MO. Most importantly, she loved her family and grandchildren and the time spent together was cherished.
Visitation: 5 – 7 pm, Monday, February 11, 2013 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 10:00 am, Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at Staab Funeral Home with Pastor Michael Keppler officiating. Burial will follow at Farmington Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.
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Dear Grandma, today we will be saying our final goodbyes. I want you to know how grateful I am to have had you in my life. You didnt have to be my Grandma but you were certainly one of the best. I will never forget that big smile or those red lipstick kisses or the way you made us all laugh. I want you to know how much you were loved by my family, and how much you meant to my children. We will miss you for the rest of our days, please keep an eye on all of us. We love you! Bill Sherell and family
To have known Gloria was nothing short of wonderful. She was such a special person and one that would do just about anything for you. Having her as a landlord was one of the most fun times I ever had and the friendship that endured was awesome. I will never forget the stories and time spent with her. I can say nothing more that "What a Woman", and can only imagine St. Peter's face when he gets the answer to his first question to her. May you rest in peace and may God welcome you home. You will be terribly missed!!!!!
My mother was carring person and always ready to help anyone.I tryed to talk with every day ,an would see here when I could.we love each other very much,an baby girl Alexa was love ever so much by her.She never a stranger.I as well as the people who knew her will miss her very much.Mr John was the best person to ever come in to my mothers life an thank God for him.
WHAT A GRET WOMAN. SHELL BE TULY MISSED
To the Clark family We have known Gloria for many years we lived across the street from her. She was a very nice lady and very caring. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. Sincerely Bonnie & Bubby (Gray)
Dr. Joanne M. Maurer posted on 2/12/13
To John, Mike, Billy, Alexa, and all of her family, I will greatly miss Gloria in my life. Some people are special and she was definitely one of them. She had a zest for life that few have and wasn't afraid to speak her mind. I think it's a trait of redheads! I can't believe she's gone and I have to remind myself that she's in a better place. I always looked forward to seeing her because she truly brightened my day. I can still hear her voice and will miss her, until we meet again. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Fondly, Dr. Joanne M. Maurer