Mary DeClerk of Cherokee Village passed from this world into the arms of her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, on August 31, 2019, at the age of 62. No amount of time in this world would have ever been enough for us to have with her. She was the best friend of her loving husband and each of her five daughters. › ›She was no ordinary mother and no ordinary woman. She was theatrical, imaginative, dramatic, intense, and extraordinary. She was beautiful inside and out. She had a smile that made you want to smile back, and she was kind and generous. She loved her mother, husband, daughters, and her grandchildren fiercely with every ounce of her beautiful heart. She was born to be a mom and a grandma. She knew that love means sacrifice and investing in others. She was known for her sugar cookies and cherry pies that she made with much effort and love for her children. She spent hours upon hours planning and decorating birthday parties, including putting together extravagant goodie bags for every child in attendance, so no one would feel left out and everyone would have fun. She spent much time making costumes, paper dolls, and other things for her children. She put herself fully into everything she did, and she liked making or putting together things herself instead of just buying them because she “wanted it to be special.” She was funny. She played funny games and told funny stories. She made funny faces and got into character, and she was beautiful doing it. She danced with spunk for her children and grandchildren. She was smart and protective of her girls, and her “mom gut” was always right. › ›She loved kids. She treasured her grandchildren and was devoted to making special memories with them. She loved babies and was delighted to find out recently that she was expecting two new grandchildren. Her grandchildren adored her and called her “Mimmy.” She had a special gift for storytelling and making their eyes light up as she got down on the floor and actively played with them. She was an incredible amount of fun. › ›She loved life, exploring, books and stories, travel, and the beauty of nature--especially the lake, ocean, and country hills and mountains. She was always ready for a new adventure and loved to go “riding around” on drivesalways up for seeing what might be just around the bend. She loved spending hours putting together the perfect gifts for her loved ones. › ›She was an active member of the Northeast Arkansas Christian Home Educators association for many years and invested many years of her life into home educating her children. Although she taught us many things, the most important thing she taught us was about God. She wasn’t ashamed to talk about Him. She spent her life raising us to love Him, to know Him, and to seek Him. She loved the Word of God. She taught us to pray, to be generous, and to be kind. She led us in family devotions, reading to us from devotional books on our level and singing fun kid songs with motions with us. Her highest ambition in life was for each of her children to have eternal salvation in Christ and to follow Him with their lives. › ›She loved and lived so well, and she will be very missed. Our grief is great because our joy in having her in our lives has been so great. No one can fill her place. If she could share one thing right now, she would share the opportunity for eternal salvation through the grace of Jesus Christ, because no one can earn it on their own. She would want to make sure you knew Christ as the only way to eternal life and› ›salvation by repenting of your sins, turning to Christ, and receiving and trusting completely in His atoning sacrifice on your behalf--because we all have an appointment with eternity. ››She was preceded in death by her brother, Ricky Wolf. She is survived by her loving husband, David DeClerk of Cherokee Village, her loving mother, Mary Wolf of Pocahontas, her five adoring daughters and grandchildren: Stephanie (Mark) Nichols of Bono, and grandchildren Grace, Christian, Emily, and Samuel ; Brittany King of Jonesboro, and grandchildren Collins and Ellison; Christina (Robby) Davenport of Pocahontas; Sarah (James) Allmond of Houston, Texas; Rose DeClerk of Jonesboro, and a brother, Dannie Wolf, of Lawton, Okla., and a sister, Melissa Perry, of Okeechobee, Fla. She is also survived by several special nieces and nephews that she loved and invested in. › ›
Her life will be celebrated with a visitation for family and friends from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, September 6, at Herman Baptist Church in Bono, with a memorial and tribute service to follow at 3 p.m. A private family graveside service will be held at St. John’s Cemetery in Engelberg. Memorials may be made for Bibles to be given out by Gideon’s International, at www.gideons.org, or to help save unborn lives and support mothers in challenging situations by donations to the Jonesboro Pregnancy Resource Center, Options on Main, at jonesboroprc.com.