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Thelma Phillips Clark

Williams, of Provo, Utah, died Jan. 6, 2002 in Provo of cardiac arrest.

She was born Dec. 22, 1920 in Lyman, Wyoming to Charles Edward and Christine Marie Jensen Phillips. Thelma grad-uated salutatorian from Rock Springs High School, Rock Springs, Wyoming in 1938. On November 13, 1939 she married Calvin Beck Clark in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their three children, Robert Beck Clark of Murray, Utah; Brian Clark of Stuttgart, Germany and Jo Ann Clark Schopflin of Walnut Creek, California were born in 1941, 1945 and 1949 in Rock Springs. While living in Rock Springs she was a recipient of the Golden Gleaner Award. In 1951 they moved to Provo. Together Thelma and Beck built a series of thriving women's shoe stores first in Rock Springs and later in Provo, Logan, Salt Lake City, Price, and Orem, UT and Phoenix, AZ known as Beck's Shoes. They were divorced in 1971. On July 1, 1972 she married Arthur B. (Art) Williams in Provo. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Provo Temple. That same year she joined ZCMI as a department manager and served in that capacity for over a decade. Her greatest joys in life came from the Gospel, her extended family, friends, travel and learning. She has been an active participant in PTA, Cub Scouts, Golden Kiwanis, DUP, The Emily Dickinson Society and a variety of other civic, literary and social clubs, serving as an officer in many of these organizations. During the past 50 years there have been few semesters when she was not enrolled in at least one course on the BYU campus. Her love of learning and persistence paid off when she was awarded her associate's degree in 1980.

She is survived by her three children; a stepchild, Brent Williams of Foster City, CA; her sister Frances Witt of Provo; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild. Preceded in death by her beloved husband; her parents; her brothers, Leland, Sylvester, Desmond, and Joy; and by her sister Ansta.

Funeral services will be held Saturday January 12, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Oak Hills Stake Center, 925 East North Temple Drive (just north of the MTC playing fields). Friends may call at Berg Mortuary of Provo (185 East Center Street) on Friday evening 6-8 p.m. and at the Stake Center on Saturday, one hour prior to the services. Interment will be in the Provo City Cemetery. The family suggests contributions be made to the Primary Children's Hospital.