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Clay Center resident Hazel Ann Clark, 77, passed away Saturday, April 4, 2015, at her home in Clay Center, NE. Funeral services were 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at the Clay Center Christian Church in Clay Center, NE, with Pastor Kevin Whitmore officiating. Graveside services 3 p.m., Wednesday, at Sheridan Cemetery in Auburn, NE, with Pastor Corey Miller officiating. Visitation was Tuesday, from 1–8 p.m., with the family present from 6–8 p.m., at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel in Clay Center, NE. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family to be designated at a later date. Condolences may be left at www.mclaughlinchapel.com Ann was born on June 25, 1937, in Humbolt, NE, to Leland and Josephine Marie (Lowe) Hoagland. Growing up, she lived in various places, including many different states. Early in the summer of 1953, Ann met John at a skating rink in Nebraska City. They continued dating until they married on Dec 25, 1953, at Humbolt, NE. The two would reside in Brownville, NE, where they had two children, John Jr. and Thomas, before moving to Auburn and having a third son, Patrick. John Sr. and Ann would raise their three children in Auburn until they moved to Clay Center in 1976, where they would remain. The family would add one when Keith Russell moved into the house. In 1986, the Clark household grew by three more when Ronda, Jeremy and Christy joined the family. Ann was a loving woman, who was deeply involved in her family. She was passionate about sports, especially Nebraska Husker athletics, and also enjoyed reading, sewing, quilting, camping and the presence of children. A newborn baby introduced into the family was sure to be found on her lap. Her family and friends will always remember her for the unselfish love that she possessed. Ann is survived by her husband, John T. Clark of Clay Center, NE; sons, John Clark Jr. and wife, Barb of Auburn, NE; Tom Clark and wife, Sandy of Auburn, NE; Pat Clark and wife, Gina of Clay Center, NE; Keith Russell and wife, Heidi of Fort Collins, CO; daughter, Ronda Nolan and husband, Terry of Clay Center, NE; daughter, Christy Clark and fiancé, Ben Ayala of Sutton, NE; brothers, Dwaine Hoagland and wife, Judy of Oregon; Clarence Shiley and wife, Patti of Geneva, NE; Richard Shiley of Iowa; sisters, Judy Phillips, and husband, Bob of Geneva, NE; Kathy Vice and husband, Zach of Verdon, NE; nineteen grandchildren, twenty-three great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leland Hoagland and Josephine Marie Lowe; Stepfather, Clarence Shiley; son, Jeremy Clark; brother, Sherman Shiley; sister, Nancy Barkhurst; and brother in-law, Don Barkhurst.
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