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Tricia Clark

September 16, 2013

Assured that she was loved on earth, Tricia peacefully answered the call home and died September 16, 2013 at Midland Hospice in Topeka,Kansas. Tricia was born November 1, 1966, in Topeka, Kansas, the daughter of John and Agnes Martin. She grew up with her six siblings in the Emmett area, graduating from St. Marys High School with the Class of 1985.  Tricia worked for over 23 years for Custom Woods, first in the shop and later on the sales floor. Tricia had a gift for helping customers select colors and textures for their homes. She believed in hard work and always gave her best.

As a proud mother, Tricia had three children, Morgan, Justin and Drew.  With them, she found joy in the ordinary, swimming at the watershed, playing outside, working in the yard, and attending their events. Her greatest joy was being Grandma to Jakob, Ryleigh, and Skyler.  She always had time for the kids, and welcomed laughter and snuggles. She is survived by Chris Williams, of the home, with whom she celebrated family, cheered for the Royals, worked on projects in the home and garden, and played in the sun.  Her three children, Morgan Debacker, Justin (Andrea) Clark and Drew Clark and three grandchildren, Jakob, Ryleigh and Skyler also survive. Other survivors include her parents, John and Agnes Martin; her brother, Russ (Pam) Martin; five sisters, Jane (Tony) Bernardel, Joan (Brandon) Magette, Lori Martin, Donna (Andy) Perry and Jennifer Martin along with many nieces and nephews.

Tricia was preceded in death by two nephews, Jared Cheek and Tate Bernardel.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys and attended Most Pure Heart of Mary in Topeka.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Friday, September 20, 2013 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys.  Inurnment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, St. Marys. The family will receive friends at the church from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M.Thursday, September 19, 2013 where there will be a rosary recited at 7:00 P.M.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Tricia Clark Grandchildren’s Educational Fund and sent to Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple, St. Marys, Kansas 66536. Online condolences may be sent to www.piperfuneralhome.com.

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33 thoughts on “Tricia Clark

  1. We are so sorry for your loss. Tricia was a very sweet person and will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Mary Junod & Family

  2. To the Family ~
    I was so sorry to hear of Tricia’s passing. I pray that with each passing day you would feel a little less hurt in your hearts as you mourn the loss of a very special lady. She was a delight. May you find comfort through prayers, friends and family and your cherished memories.

  3. Cherish the memories, hold on to hope, rest when you’re weary, take time to grieve, and let your heart mend. Jennifer may you find strength in the love that surrounds you and peace in the memories that you cherish.
    Take care–LaVera

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this very difficult time. I worked with Jennifer and have heard many wonderful and warm stories of the family.
    I pray that your memories will help each of you in the weeks and days ahead.

    Most sincerely,

    Theresa Van Goethem

  5. To the Martin family,
    We are so very sorry for the loss of Tricia. She obviously made an impact on everyone that she met. I remember what fun she was in high school. She had the best laugh! May God’s presence today and everyday somehow comfort you all.
    Jerry, Ginger, Shane and Shelby Flach

  6. To the Martin Family;
    May God comfort and guide you during this time of great sorrow in your life.
    I was a classmate of Tricia’s in high school. Her smile and unending energy would light up a room when Tricia would enter a room. She was a great joy to be around.
    The world is a little worse off without Tricia in it.

  7. Never will Tricia and her family be forgotten for she will be a welcome member to thy kingdom above. We will all miss her greatly. Dan and Linda perry

  8. To Tricia’s family,
    We are so very sorry to hear of Tricia’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Love and Prayers,
    Debbie and Gene Quirarte

  9. To John & Aggie, Drew, Justin, Andrea, Morgan & all the Martin Family: We’re so sorry to hear of Trisha’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers now and the coming days. May God wrap each of you in his loving arms and carry you forward through this journey of healing. God Bless you all.

  10. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. May all the memories you have comfort you and give you strength in the days to come.

    Wendy, Ty, Allie and Jayla Johnson

  11. To the Martin family,

    Our deepest sympathy for the loss of Tricia. I had the priviledge of knowing Tricia going all the way back to kindergarten at Emmett Grade School. She was always extremely considerate of others and would help out in any way she could.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    With sympathy,
    Bill, Debbie, Brady, Brianne and Brenna Mulligan

  12. I’m sending love, hugs, and prayers for your family, Jennifer. I didn’t know your sister, but just knowing your mom and you makes me understand what an incredible sister and daughter she must have been. I hope God can help heal your pain and sorrow…..remember the happy times you had with Tricia! You will feel her in many ways throughout the rest of your lives! Love you, friend!! Cindi Mac

  13. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you struggle with the loss of Tricia. I knew Tricia through my husband Todd who worked at Custom Woods for 20+ years; we lost him to cancer two years ago. Tricia always had a smile on her face and her laugh was contagious! Focus on the good times you shared and even though you miss her with you she is celebrating in Heaven!

    Kelly Ingalsbe, Wamego, KS

  14. Our thoughts and prayers are with the you all during this most difficult time.. Thank you Trisha for all the laughs and giggles that I can still hear in the back of my head. You are one special woman and we will all miss you. To her family, Memories of her can never be taken away. Keep those close to you which I know you all will. God be with you all and help you each one find peace with her departure to his world of eternal life ever after.

  15. To the family of Tricia,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Tricia was such a wonderful person and I’m so glad I had the privilege of knowing her. My you feel God’s arms wrapped around you as you go through this difficult time. We will continue to keep you all in our prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Rod & Julie Homan
    Ashley, Becca, Kristen, John, Abby, Michael & Luke

  16. My sincerest condolences to Tricia’s loved ones. I didn’t have the opportunity to meet her, but working with her sister Jennifer, I know Tricia was very special. May God comfort your family and may fond memories bring smiles through the tears.

    Most Sincerely,

    Chris Leonard

  17. Morgan,Justin,Drew and the rest of the Martin family ,I extend my deepest sympathy. Knowing first hand how hard it is to lose a dear loved one I encourage y’all to hold your loved ones close and your memories closer. Tricia was a beautiful woman that I know will be missed by many.i will never forget her beautiful and contagious smile. God bless you all.
    Darcie Rezac Stricker

  18. My prayers and love go out to all of the Martin family, and friends. Knowing that Tricia is with our Lord will give us comfort. All my love and prayers. Vicki Vande Velde

  19. My love and prayers go to all of you, parents, children, grandchildren, family and friends. Knowing that Tricia is with our Lord and free of pain should bring us comfort. All my love, Vicki Vande Velde

  20. To the entire Martin Family,

    I am so sorry for the loss of Tricia. I was fortunate to attend high school with Tricia and she will always be remembered as a kind, perky, happy girl. May God be with you in this most difficult time!. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Amy Pettay Lahr

  21. Morgan ,Justin ,Drew and the rest of the Martin family, I extend my deepest sympathy as you all move forward in the days months and years to come. Knowing first hand it is not easy loosing a loved one. May you hold each other close and your memories closer. Tricia was a beautiful and wonderful woman who I know will be missed by many. Will never forget that smile. God bless you all.

  22. Please accept my sincere condolences at the passing of a genuinely fine lady. In the short time I had the pleasure of knowing her at CWP, she was a delight to talk with. She was so very helpful and always got you an answer. An in person visit was even more pleasant, as she truly seemed interested in how you were. She seemed never to busy to give you her time. She will most surely be missed by her family and all who had the pleasure of knowing a really good women…………it was a privilege to pray for her. Lynn Olson

  23. To all of Tricia family- Our hearts hurt for all of you. Praying for you each day. I am just picturing Jared standing there, telling Tricia, “come on and be with me”.

    Betty & Marvin

  24. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. I was so sorry to hear about Tricia. My deepest sympathy during the difficult time.

    Becky (McGranahan) Grom

  25. Joan, Brandon & all of Tricia’s Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss of Tricia. Please know that we’re here for you & just a phone call away. Sending prayers & keeping you & your family in our thoughts. Here’s a little poem to hopefully help you along this journey……
    Remember me with smiles & laughter,
    because that’s the way I’ll remember you all.
    If you can only remember me with tears,
    then don’t remember me at all. ~Little House
    Please accept our deepest of sympathy. Your old friends, The Stum’s
    ~Wilbur & Sis ~ Mick, Tami, Brent & Haylie Jo

  26. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time and always. Tricia was a truly wonderful mom, daughter, grandma, and friend! She will be missed by so very many. May God give you the strength to endure this terrible pain and you find love and comfort in all your friends and family.
    Love and prayers,
    Marvin and Beth Gideon

  27. Tricia and her children have always been in our hearts and always will be. We recall the fun Holidays we had together and have all been with you in thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss. We trust and believe God knew what was best for Tricia and we will continue to pray for her family.
    Love,
    Gladys & family

  28. My heart goes out to Tricia’s family; she always had a smile and was such a sweet caring person. She will be greatly missed. My prayers are with Tricia and her loving family.

  29. To all the Martin Family,

    We would like to express our deepest sympathy to all of you. Our hearts are heavy as we think of the pain that you are all enduring. May the thoughts and prayers of family and friends and your deep faith carry you through the difficult days ahead.

    Love and sympathy,
    Chris, Laura, Amanda, and Trent Mulligan

  30. Dear Morgan, Justin, Drew and all the Martin family,

    You have my most sincere sympathy for the loss of Tricia. She was a “one of a kind” friend and she will be truly missed. I will always remember her smile and funny sense of humor (she gave me crayons and a coloring book for my 16th birthday!). Heaven has certainly gained a special angel. I will keep you all in my thoughts during this difficult time.

    Shelly (Stockman) Rezac

  31. We love you Tricia and we know that Mom, Aunt Lois, Uncle Pat, Uncle Francis, Grandma, Grandpa and Jared are celebrating your life with Christ. May all of you pray for us here on earth as we morn your passing. Tell Mom (Aunt Betty) we love and miss her. The Wilson clan will be in Kansas to support your family while they mourn and you know we will be remembering and laughing at the good times we all shared right along with the tears we will shed.

    Love,
    Your cousin Lindy

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