Gretta M Clark

November 16th, 1911 to November 20th, 2015

Gretta M. Bachus Clark, 104, of Fort Gratiot, passed away peacefully at her home, Friday, November 20, 2015.

She was born November 16, 1911 in Wallaceburg, Ontario, the first of four children born to Orval D. “Happy” and Edna Lehmann Bachus.

At the age of three months she and her parents came to the United States, settling in Sparlingville. She attended Sparlingville Elementary, Sparlingville Jr. High School and Port Huron High School.

After graduation from Port Huron High School, she enrolled in a secretarial course, and upon completion accepted a position as secretary for the Purchasing Agent at the Electric Auto Lite. She worked there until she married Glenn D. Clark on September 15, 1940, in Ruby, Michigan. They were married 64 years. Mr. Clark preceded her in death in 2003.

After her marriage, Gretta was a homemaker and was active in the Girl Scouts, PTA, and received one of the highest awards as a Den Mother for the Boy Scouts. She was a lifetime member of the Port Huron Hospital Auxiliary.

Gretta was the Organizational Chairperson of the first Toast Mistress Club in Port Huron. She was co-chairperson for the first all-night party at the YMCA for the Port Huron High School graduating seniors in 1959. Her son, Dave, was a member of this class.

She and her husband traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States. Rome was one of her favorites. Other places they visited were: Hawaii, Holland, Italy, England, Ireland, and Scotland. In later years, she and her husband spent a lot of time at their son’s cabin in Northern Michigan where they loved the wildlife and great outdoors. They developed roads into the property and generally kept-up the cabin and land.

After her husband’s retirement their love for antiques led them to a new adventure. They began doing antique shows, specializing in fine art glass. They were instrumental in organizing the Blue Water Antique Dealers Association, where she served as secretary and president.

Gretta was an active member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and attended the Port Huron-Sarnia Restoration Branch. She served as Women’s Leader for many years and taught many classes for the women. She wrote and planned worship services for the women and was also in charge of creating the worship centers in the sanctuary.

She was an avid golfer and a member of the Black River Country Club Quarter Century Club. She also enjoyed bowling, knitting, entertaining, decorating, reading and studying the Scriptures.

She is survived by a daughter, Sharon L. (Clyde) Warner of Independence, Missouri; a son, G. David (Cheryl) Clark II of Melbourne Beach, Florida; seven grandchildren, Gregory (Kay) Warner of Sparta, Tennessee, Susan (Terry) Fagan of Port Huron, Bonnie Harrell of Aurora Colorado; Tricia (Mike) Kinnane of Knoxville, Tennessee, G. David “Chip” Clark III, Lisa (Jeff) Horn and Daniel (Lisa) Clark, all of Saratoga Springs, New York; eleven great grandchildren; and one great-great grandson; a sister, Betty Melms of Port Huron and a brother Orval D. Bachus, Jr., of Port Huron; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her sister, Eileen.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 28, 2015 in the Restored Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1404 Garfield St. Port Huron from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will follow at 1:00 p.m. Elder Donald Dailey will officiate. Memorials may be made to Great Lakes Caring Hospice or the Church.

Arrangements by Pollock-Randall Funeral Home.

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