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OBITUARY: Dorothy Rita Clark

Dorothy passed on July 19, 2012 at home, with her family around her. She was born on February 7, 1921 in Riverside, California to Andrew and Mary Matus. She left behind a daughter and son, Sharon Clark of Coeur d Alene, Idaho and Michael Clark of Post Falls Idaho, Granddaughters Samantha Messerschmidt (husband Mike Messerschmidt,) of Post Falls Idaho and Lorellin Clark of Reno, Nevada. Great Granddaughter Sierra Messerschmidt of Post Falls, Idaho. Brothers John Matus of South Lake Tahoe, California, George Matus of Riverside, California. Sisters Margaret Clabaugh of San Clemente, California and Helen Rome of Studio City , California, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dorothy came from a family of 7 brothers and 8 sisters, she was raised in a religious Catholic family. Her faith was very important to her. She met her husband Don while working at the De Anza Theater in Riverside, California, he was in the Army. They were married in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 13, 1942. They made their home in Riverside, California. In December of 1943, a daughter was born, but died during childbirth, they named her Donna Raye. Two years later on May 9th 1945 her daughter Sharon was born and on February 6, 1949 her son Michael was born.

The family lived in Riverside, until Don decided to go to school to be a Chiropractor, they moved to Orange County so he could be closer to school. Since Don was working and going to school, Dorothy took care of the children, running the house and taking care of the yard. She had a green thumb, no matter what she did the plants grew into beautiful flowers. She was a great cook and had a sense of humor that was enjoyed by all who knew her. She was always there for her family, they always came first. After Don graduated, while on vacation, they took a wrong turn and ended up in South Lake Tahoe, they loved it so much that they went back home, put their house up for sale and moved to Tahoe. They spent the next 40 years there.

When they first moved there in 1963, they started working for Harrah's Casino at the North and South Lodges, where the entertainers stayed while performing. Dorothy met and enjoyed talking to them. She had many tales to tell. After her husband started his Chiropractic Office, she helped him with the bookkeeping. She loved to go to the casinos and play the slot machines, she usually won. In 1971 she became a grandmother for the first time and helped raise and care for Samantha. Then in 1980 her second granddaughter Lorellin was born and she stepped right in without being asked and cared for both of them. She loved them very much. She saw them through school, college, Lorellin's 20 years of dance classes, which she loved to watch and Samantha's Wedding and the birth of Samantha and Mike's daughter Sierra on July 9, 2007.

We all are going to miss her. She was always there for us. In 2004 Dorothy and her husband moved to Post Falls, Idaho. A place they had visited many years before and fell in love with it. A year after they moved there her husband, Don died. Dorothy later was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease, which eventually took her life. We want to thank The Hospice House in Hayden for their help and support during her last days.

She was preceded in death by her Husband Don, daughter Donna, brothers Joe, Antoni, Andy, Michael, Albert and baby Matus who died at birth, sisters Betty, Mary, Annie, Francis and Barbara.

Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma we love you. You are home now.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Oct 9, 2012 06:31PM Published Oct 9, 2012 06:29PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.