Ella Katherine "Kitty" Clark

August 22, 1935 ~ December 13, 2020 (age 85)


Ella Katherine “Kitty” Clark, of Millsboro, passed away on December 13, 2020, from COVID-19.  Kitty was born on August 22, 1935, in Cheswold, Delaware to James Greenage and Helen Sammons Greenage, the seventh of eight children. She attended the Forest Grove Seventh-Day Adventist School in Cheswold.  In 1953 she married the love of her life, Kenneth S. Clark.

Kitty and Ken first resided on the Clark family farm in Millsboro, where they had their first child.  In 1956 they moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where they lived for nine years, and grew their family with three more children.  The family returned to Millsboro in 1965 to assist its patriarch, Chief Little Owl, Charles Clark, with operating the family farm and business known as Riverdale Park on the Indian River.  When Chief Clark passed in 1971, Kitty was a true partner to Ken in shouldering the burden of the family farm and business for nearly half a century.  Everyone in Riverdale knew and loved Kitty, and was welcomed into her kitchen for a cup of coffee and a fresh-baked pastry when they came by.  Children who had a trip and fall or a “boo-boo” would walk past their own parent to Miss Kitty to “make it better.”

Kitty was, first and foremost, a wife and mother who always put her family before herself.  She was all love, all the time.  Nonetheless, she always found time to give even more of herself to others.  She was very active in local politics and served as a Democratic Committeewoman for many years.  Kitty worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Delaware Legislature in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.  In 1980 Kitty represented Delaware as a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco.  Kitty was a volunteer for the Deborah Heart and Lung Foundation and served on its Board.  And she assisted her husband, Chief Red Deer Kenneth Clark, in presiding over the annual Nanticoke Indian Powwow for decades.

In addition to her parents, Kitty was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth Clark, Sr., as well as sisters Freida Reed and Frances Pritchett, and brothers James Greenage and Paul Greenage.

Kitty is survived by her children Kenneth Clark, Jr. and his wife Lisa, Kathy Stella Clark, Charles C. Clark IV, Mary Lisa Clark and her husband Edward; nine grand-children, John Robert Clark, whom she raised and his wife Amber, Rachel Clark, Catherine Clark Goodall and her husband Jack, Sarah Clark, Hannah Clark, Victoria Clark and her husband Daniel Weingart, Hunter Clark Boccinfusco, Lydia Clark, and Ella Clark; great-grandchildren, Jacqueline Clark, Jensen Clark, Jace Clark, and William Clark Goodall; sisters Jeanne Tchakerian and her husband Khajag, Myrtle Mosley, and Lorraine Coker and her husband Edward; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to express its deepest gratitude to all the caregivers and staff at Brandywine Senior Living, Selbyville, Delaware, and ACTS Manor House-Willowbrook Court, Seaford, Delaware, for all of the comfort, care, kindness and love extended to Kitty and her family during her residence.

Interment shall be private, due to COVID restrictions. A Celebration of Kitty’s life will be held at a later date when the world is a little safer and pandemic restrictions can be eased. 

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