Sharon Christine Clark, age 77, of Harbor Springs passed away on Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 at McLaren Hospital in Petoskey, MI. Sharon was born September 16, 1943 to the Reverend Russell and Bernice Johnson in Los Angeles, California. In 1955, at the age of 12, Sharon met her husband Steven to whom she was married nearly 56 years at the time of her death. In 1965, Sharon graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL and was wed to Steven Clark in the fall of that same year.
Living in various locations throughout Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, and Michigan, Sharon and Steve settled in Portage, MI where they raised their children, Elizabeth and Christopher. While in Portage, they acquired rental property in Harbor Springs, MI, later permanently relocating to the Birchwood Farms and Country Club community in 2001.
Sharon utilized her undergraduate degree in English to acquire various positions in that field, serving as an instructor at Parson's College, Society Editor at the Quincy Herald Wig, and feature writer at the Chicago Tribune. Leaving this career to focus on raising her children, Sharon later became a world-renowned fiber artist participating in regional and international gallery exhibitions. Her art resides in numerous private and corporate collections, including the permanent collection at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art. Building on her artistic success, Sharon expanded her work to include fused glass and jewelry.
Known for her clever wit, strong will, plentiful opinions, and sharp wisdom, Sharon leaves behind a legacy of deep love, unwavering commitment, and inspiring creativity.
Sharon is preceded in death by her father and mother, the Reverend Russell and Bernice Johnson, and her son Steven David Clark. Sharon is survived by her husband Steven, sisters Sandra (Don) Para and Susan (Jon) Houseman, children Elizabeth (Mark) Horen and Christopher (Amanda) Clark, and grandsons Dustin Horen and Logan Clark.
A memorial service for Sharon will be held at a later date. The family suggests memorial contributions in Sharon's memory be made to the Thorne Swift Nature Preserve or the Harbor Springs Library.
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