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In Memory

Connie Perry (Clark -Richfield '71)

Constance Lee Clark September 10, 1952 - May 13, 2014

Constance "Connie" Lee Clark, 61, of Waco, passed away on May 13, 2014, at home after a lengthy battle with cancer. Services will be 1:30 p.m., Monday, May 19, in the chapel at Highland Baptist Church with Reverend Mark Wible officiating. Burial will follow at Waco Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 2 - 4 p.m., Sunday, May 18, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home.

Connie was born on September 10, 1952, in Waco, to Isaac and Genoa Perry. She attended Richfield High School. Connie married David "Randy" Clark on her birthday in 1971. She went to night school for eleven years while raising her first born, David, and working full time. She walked across the stage to receive her Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance, while she was eight months pregnant with their youngest son, Christopher.

Connie loved and served God every day until the end. Connie and Randy recently moved their membership from First Baptist Waco, where they were members for over 35 years, to Highland Baptist Church. Connie was the matriarch of the family and loved spending time with them and friends, especially her sister, brother, two sons, granddaughter, and daughter in-law. Connie's granddaughter, Abby, was the light of her life. Connie never met a person she did not like, and there was never a person who talked to her that walked away without liking and admiring her. She lit up the room when she entered. She was always a very positive person and found good in people and in things that would happen on a daily basis.

Connie and Randy loved to travel during their 43 wonderful years together. They made almost 20 trips to Disney World where they fell in love with Mickey Mouse, and the inside of their house showed it. They got hooked on cruises on their 25th anniversary when they cruised to the southern Caribbean. They have been to nearly every port in the Caribbean plus two cruises to Alaska. They also traveled to attend Baylor sports functions all over the U.S.

Connie was employed at Wells Fargo Bank, her last job being Business Banking Manager. She was active in the Waco community, serving on boards such as United Way, Girl Scouts of America, Baylor Waco Foundation, and various other non-profit organizations. Connie supported her two sons, serving on school PTAs and band booster clubs.

She was preceded in death by her father, Isaac N. Perry Jr.

Survivors include her mother, Genoa Perry of Waco; husband, Randy Clark of Waco; son, David Clark, Jr., and friend, Linzi Bagby, of Waco; son, Chris Clark and his wife, Christiana, and their beautiful daughter, Abigail, of Dallas; sister, Stephanie Lyster and her husband, Johnny, of Waco; and brother, Steven Perry and his wife, Joann, of Waco.


From Connie's Profile:

Though I attended Richfield, I continued to stay in close contact with my many wonderful friends from North Junior who went to Waco High. Great memories of my North Junior friends included nights at Northern Little League and getting together with the Northern All Stars. I also loved being a cheerleader at North Jr., and enjoyed all of the events we attended. I cherished winning the Citizenship Award. We had so many fun times visiting in each other's homes and going to both Waco High and Richfield football games. I was always involved in church and enjoyed being involved with Young Life.


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05/14/14 10:25 PM #1    

James Weaver ('71 Richfield)

Everyone I know agrees that Connie was the most precious, sweet and thoughtful person we knew.  I NEVER heard anybody say anything negative about Connie.  We all loved her.  I was blessed to live four houses down the street from her and have so many late late summer night memories of conversations about anything and everything.  She was like a rock in her family and treated her brother and sister like her best friend.  There are no words that could possibly fully describe this God - love filled person.  I have always counted her a dear friend and loved her and her wonderful family.  Her mom and dad treated me like a son.  I loved and still love all the Perry family and extend my love and prayers and deepest sympathy.  I just don't understand why Connie could not stay here with us all for 30 more years.  But I am comforted by her unfailing faith and know we can all see her in heaven someday.   I wish I would have been able to stay in Waco as an adult.  Living in Iowa has been a blessing but my school friends are and always will be dear to me.  I always wondered how different life would have been had I stayed in Waco and deepened those friendships.   May God's special grace be to Connie's family and friends. Holy hugs to her family.  Our hearts are broken for you.

05/15/14 01:12 AM #2    

Robert "Bobby" Strickland (WHS 1970-Richfield '72)

There are people who travel through life wondering if they have ever made a difference in the life of others. Connie did at least in mine.

05/15/14 08:59 AM #3    

Edith Alexander (Lancaster)

God;s fields now have a new angel walking them.  My heart goes out to the family, may they continue to feel the love of Connie around them always, ...

I only went to North Jr. 9th grade yr. with Connie, but she truely was a caring and heart warming person.

05/15/14 01:37 PM #4    

Donald Scott

I am heartbroken by Connie's death but she touched so many lives that she leaves a wonderful and profound legacy. I never saw her when she wasn't smiling. I am glad she is no longer in pain. I am encouraged that we will see her again and experience her joy eternally. May God give her family peace.

05/15/14 08:41 PM #5    

Bob McGregor

I remember Connie as such a sweet person. Our paths rarely crossed, sadly,after North Jr. ,but I know she had a life well spent, in contribution to others, like she did in our childhood. Our deepest sympathies. Our best to all our Waco friends.

09/13/14 10:53 PM #6    

Jackie Byrd (Watson)

Connie was a dear friend to me and a true friend to so many!

I have such happy memories during our time together at North Junior. She was one that always had her home open to everyone. Connie's family were awesome folks too. Connie loved people!

I really enjoyed all the pictures she shared on our Waco High site from the North Junior days for all of us. A lot of fun times.

When she learned she finally was going to be a grandmother, we shared our joys together once again in life. Connie would send me pictures of her new grandbaby and I shared my grandchildren with her as well. I am so thankful she got to experience the joy of a grandchild while she was still here. 

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