Jean Clark, 70

Jean Clark, 70, of Marshalltown, died Monday, March 10th, at the McAllen Medical Center in Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 15th, at the 1st United Methodist Church. To honor her memory, the family invites you to wear purple (Jean’s favorite color) along with them. Visitation will be held from 5-8 pm Friday at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home. She will be laid to rest at a later date in the Albion Cemetery. For condolences, please visit 641-844-1234.

Born on July 12th, 1943, in Mitchellville, Iowa, she was the daughter of Elroy and Edna (Wolfe) Cruzan. She graduated from the Albion High School’s Class of 1961.

On November 3, 1961, she was married to Fred Smoldt and on Valentine’s Day of 1986, she married Clair Taylor. At a dance, she was swept off her feet by the love of her life, Jerry Clark (who was introduced to her by her son, Ken). They shared many precious years together before marrying on April 14, 2006. They made Marshalltown their home and enjoyed wintering in the Valley in Texas.

For 28 years, Jean faithfully cared for the residents and veterans at the IVH. She retired as a NUC (previously ward clerk) in 2002. She was a member of the 1st United Methodist Church, Moose Lodge and former Albion and Rhodes Eastern Star. She didn’t really care what the activity was, as long as it included her family. The family game was Phase 10, as well as cards, cribbage and any others. She enjoyed camping, trips to Texas and traveling.

Left to cherish her memory is Jerry, her loving husband, her children: Jeff (Alison) Smoldt of St. Louis, MO., Sandy (Todd) Dale of Gladbrook, Ken (Cindy) Smoldt of State Center, Brad (Denise) Smoldt of Gladbrook, and Ryan Clark of Marshalltown; 11 dear grandchildren- Adam (Chelsea) Dubois, Taylor Dubois, Ethen, Josh, Justin, Colton, Hunter, Lindsey and Sophie Smoldt, and Rylinn and Kasia Dale, her precious great-grandbabies Harper and Haven, her fur-baby JJ the Shih Tzu as well as her brothers- A.C. (Alice) Cruzan of Lake of the Ozarks, Darrell (Laurie) of Colorado Springs, Marvin Cruzan of Laughlin, CO, Roger (Marty) Cruzan of New Hampshire and Don Cruzan of Colorado Springs as well as many nieces, nephews, camping friends in Texas and friends.

In death, she rejoined her parents and sister, Helen Allbee.