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Gwendolyn (Clardy) Burk McLaughlin

November 20, 2012
Daily Press

SPALDING - Gwendolyn (Clardy) Burk McLaughlin, Spalding, was born on April 2, 1923, at Brookesmith, Brown County, Texas. Gwendolyn Clardy was the eldest child of William Harvey Clardy and Itha McBee. She passed peacefully from this earth on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility near her home in Spalding at the age of 89.

Gwen spent her early childhood in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico, graduated High School May 1943, and Western Union Training School in Springfield, Ill. in 1944. World War II was over and the men came home. She married Garret Burk May 27, 1946, after a short courtship. Together they raised four children, Pamela, John Milton, Charles Garret and Richard Allen.

Gwendolyn worked 20 years for Western Union prior to assisting Garret in business as Quality Glass in Albuquerque, N.M. After the business was sold in 1970, Garret and Gwen lived in every U.S. state, except Alaska, during the years Garret glazed new Ramada Inns. Garret Passed away Aug. 18, 1983.

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Gwendolyn (Clardy) Burk McLaughlin

Jack McLaughlin married Gwendolyn on April 24, 1993, in Fruita, Colo. and they moved to Powers in 2002. Jack passed away on Nov. 14, 2003.

A devoted member of the Bark River Bible Church in Bark River, she very much enjoyed studying the Bible and attending services there. She was also a member of Eastern Star. She will be remembered most for all her prolific crochet work, having produced at least one afghan for each of the many people she loved. May she rest in peace knowing the warmth she leaves with us all.

Gwendolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Itha Clardy; a sister, Cleo Dingman; her brothers, James Clardy and Charles Clardy; as well as niece, Charlotte Tallman.

She is survived by her four children, Pam (Ron) Brown of Montrose, Colo., John (Ann) Burk of Montrose, Colo., Charles (Betty Draze) Burk of Spalding, and Richard (Debi) Burk of Kennewick, Wash.; grandchildren, Garret Brown of Howell, Mich.; Greg Brown of Montrose, Colo.; Christine Burk of Maple Heights, Ohio; Sam Burk of Colorado; Joe Burk (Schmidt) of Pullman, Wash.; Adam Burk of Preston, Idaho; and great-grandchildren, Brette Brown of Howell, Mich., Jacqueline and Marina Brown of Montrose, Colo. and Garret Burk of Fruita, Colo.; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 3 to 4 p.m. (CST) on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at the Allo Coolman Funeral home (W3755 US 2 & 41, Spalding, MI 49886). A funeral service will follow visitation at 4 p.m. (CST) on Saturday at the funeral home with Rev. Brad Cochrane officiating.

Burial will take place in the Spalding Township Cemetery.

Her family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Boy Scout Troop 578, Spalding, MI 49886. Please visit to send online condolences to her family.



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