Patricia (Tricia) Clark | Obituary

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Patricia (Tricia) Clark

1948 — 2022

On January 2, 2022, Tricia Clark lost her battle with cancer at home with her family and joined her creator in heaven where she was reunited with her parents, sister, in-laws and nephews who preceded her.

Patricia Barbara (Tricia) Nolan was born to Thomas Bernard and Veronica Barbara (Ronnie) Nolan on July 11, 1948. Patricia was the sister of Thomas Bernard Jr. (Tommy), Mary Ellen (Molly), Kathleen Ann (Kay), Judith Eileen (Judy), Elizabeth Jean (Betty), Paul Michael (Mike), Margaret Monica (Monica), John Joseph (John) and Theresa Anne (Terry).

She grew up in White Center, a suburb of Seattle, Washington, as the ninth in a family of ten children. She attended Holy Family Elementary School and graduated in 1966 from Holy Rosary High School in West Seattle. She got a scholarship to beauty school and worked as a hairdresser for several years. She lived on Queen Anne Hill for several years and worked in retail at the Frederick & Nelson department store in downtown Seattle. It was while working for Hertz Rental Car at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and living in Lakota Beach in Federal Way, Washington that she met Roger Clark.

Tricia and Roger were married on April 15, 1989, at St. Theresa’s Federal Way Catholic Church. In 1994, while living in Tukwila, Washington, they lovingly became the adoptive parents of sisters Humphrey Michelle (3) and Gina (2) until 1997 and remained a constant presence in their lives. In 1996, they became the adoptive parents of siblings Sara (7) and Greg (5), then adopted Sara and Greg on October 29, 1999.

Tricia was a devoted wife, full-time mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and homemaker and was famous for her cooking and especially her baking. She inherited the unofficial title of family cookie diva from her aunt Margaret Budinick. Tricia loved bringing family and friends together in their home for birthdays and holidays. Tricia and Roger were avid family hikers and campers throughout the Pacific Northwest and also enjoyed traveling to Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and Europe. Tricia has always been a loving and generous sister. She began to make jewelry and constantly read an exciting fiction novel.

Once the kids grew up and Roger retired from baggage handling and maintenance at Alaska Airlines, Tricia and Roger moved to their newly built home on a beautiful lot overlooking the Blue Mountains in Walla. Walla in August 2016. Tricia was so thrilled with their new home and city and continued to be the ultimate hostess. She and Roger hosted visiting family and friends and frequently hosted overnight guests and gladly arranged tours of Walla Walla’s wineries, shops, scenic and historic sites. Tricia looked forward each morning to examining her flowerbeds and she especially loved her peonies and hibiscuses. Weather permitting, Tricia and Roger enjoyed their morning coffee on the back patio overlooking Roger’s incredibly green lawn and watching the sunsets from their porch in the evening. They widened their circle of friends by making new friends in their neighborhood and became active members of the parish of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin. Tricia will be sorely missed as the heartbeat of her immediate and extended family. After being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in February 2020, Tricia maintained a positive attitude and remained active – a true cancer warrior and an inspiration to us all.

Tricia was predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Veronica Nolan; and her sister (Betty Bochsler). She is survived by Roger her beloved husband of 32 years; daughters, Sara, Michelle (Andrew) and Gina (Isaiah); son, Greg (KC); seven grandchildren, Malina (11), Evan (10), Marilyn (8), Wyatt (7), Silas (4) and Ezra & Eli (2); brothers, Tom, Mike and John Nolan; sisters, Molly Malloy, Kay Boyle, Judy Clark, Monica Bradley and Terry Toth; in-laws, Marilou Nolan, Karen Nolan, Susan Nolan and Steve Toth; many nephews, nieces and cousins.

A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at 415 W Alder Street in Walla Walla on Saturday, January 29 at 9:30 a.m. with live broadcast on https://boxcast.tv/view/patricia-clark-funeral-696930. Friends and family are invited to sign the guestbook online at: www.herringgrosclose.com. Mass will be immediately followed by interment at Mountain View Cemetery, 2120 S 2nd Ave, Walla Walla. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church Tricia and Roger attend regularly: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, 2098 E Alder St, Walla Walla, WA 99362 noting that it is in memory of Tricia Clark.

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