Written by The Wolf Point Herald
Ruth A. Clark, 77, of Froid, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at Trinity Hospital in Minot, N.D.
She was born July 18, 1935, at the family farm in rural Cherokee County, Kansas, the oldest child of Jacob and Opal Davidson. She graduated from McCune Rural High School in 1953 and earned a bachelor of science degree from McPherson College in 1957.
She was committed to a life of church and community service and as an advocate for peace. After college, she entered Brethren Volunteer Service, serving in Refugee Camp Friedland and in the Church of the Brethren teacher/student exchange office in Kassel, Germany.
After returning home, she was a youth fieldworker for the central region of the Church of the Brethren. She attended Bethany Theological Seminary in Chicago/Oak Brook, Ill., earning a masters in religious education in 1964. After a summer of working with the Grandview Church of the Brethren at Froid, she served as director of Christian education with the First Church of the Brethren in Roanoke, Va.
On July 10, 1965, she married Ralph Clark of Froid. To this union, two children were born.
Throughout her time in northeast Montana, she was active in the rural Grandview Church of the Brethren and later the Big Sky Church in Froid, serving as youth counselor, teacher, lay person, deaconess and on most church boards. She held leadership roles for the Brethren Women's Fellowship and the Big Sky Church Women. For several years, she served as a board member of the RMC’s Institute for Peace Studies in Billings. She also served as an FHA chapter mother and Music Mothers’ chairman at Medicine Lake High School, a 4-H leader for 15 years, a member of the Sheridan County 4-H Council and occasionally as a substitute teacher in the Medicine Lake and Froid schools.
In May 2009, she was recognized by the Northern Plains District of the Church of the Brethren for serving that district for more than 35 years in various roles, including several terms on the district board, the standing committee of the Church of the Brethren, and as a Heifer International representative. She also served two terms on the general board of the Church of the Brethren in Elgin, Ill.
She is survived by her husband, Ralph; a daughter, Kristi Jamison of Jefferson City, Mo.; a son, Russell Clark of Bozeman; seven grandchildren; three sisters, Donna Schmidt of Mission, Tex., Doris Crumpacker of McCune, Kansas, and Betsy Holland of Carthage, Mo.; and four brothers, Harvey Davidson of Hays, Kansas, Kenneth Davidson of Welda, Kansas, Carl Davidson and Tim Davidson of McCune, Kansas.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 12. Pastors Neil Knudsen and Kenneth Davidson officiated at the service at Big Sky Church in Froid; interment was in Grandview Cemetery, east of Froid.