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Salem-Lana Joy Brown Clark received her wings peacefully at Glens Falls Hospital on Thursday, March 29, 2018 with her loving daughters by her side.
Born May 21, 1946 in Cambridge to the late Stewart and Eleanor Brown. She graduated from Cambridge Central School, Class of 1964, and then attended Adirondack Community College. She married Phillip J. Clark on January 23, 1965.
Lana was quiet in nature and loved to play games, especially her daily “Kings in the Corner” with her mother, Eleanor, up until her passing on April 3, 2017. Lana loved reading, gardening, bargain hunting at tag sales, and spending time with her family. She was a bright woman who enjoyed whooping people at Trivial Pursuit and Jeopardy. Lana had a dry sense of humor, loaded with sarcasm, and enjoyed making people laugh.
For many years, Lana worked at Mallinckrodt Medical in Argyle until the company relocated. She then bravely went through a mid-life re-training and went to work at Travelers Insurance in Glens Falls for the next 13 years until she retired in 2011. Lana was known as a hard worker who enjoyed writing tongue-in-cheek memos for the amusement of her co-workers.
In 2010, Lana was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a horrible disease that tried to rob her of her life’s enjoyments. She amazed us with her tenacity to get up each day, completing the rituals of her routine despite her deteriorating ability to communicate with the world around her. On her last day, before starting on her journey to Heaven, she solved her last Cryptogram, played shape solitaire on her computer, and sang to the oldies on her weekly trip to Holbrook Adult Home for Bingo (“Oh, Good!”).
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Phillip; brother, Gary Brown; and sister, Brenda Meyers.
Lana is survived by her daughters: Lisa Clark of Albany and Lori Bishop and her husband (much loved by Lana), William, of Granville; grandsons: Joseph Bishop (Megan), Zachary Anselment-Clark, and Jacob Bishop; and her nieces: Stacey Loya (William), and Michelle Scarselletta (Jeffrey).
Her family would like to thank the beautiful souls who helped to support Lana, so she was able to stay at home until her final day; Stacey Loya for her unending love and care for her Aunt Lana, Debi Reilly, Jessica Day, Diane Worthen, Hayly Morrison, Laken Gregg, Brian Lewis, Rich Wescott, and Ed, her Meals on Wheels driver. Without all their combined efforts, Lana’s Journey with Alzheimer’s would have been much different.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you help to #ENDALZ by donating to Muzzy’s Team for the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Glens Falls, NY. Also, Lana’s favorite phrase was “Oh, Good!” which she’d say with a smile to show her appreciation of the simple pleasures in her life. We hope that each of you will look for those “Oh, Good!” moments in your day in honor of our Muzzy.
Calling hours will be Friday April 6th from 6-8 pm at the McClellan-Gariepy Funeral Home, 19 East Broadway, Salem, NY. Burial will be Saturday April 7th at 1 pm at Woodlands Cemetery in Cambridge, NY, where Lana and her husband, Phillip, will be interred together. A celebration of remembrance will follow the burial at the Cambridge American Legion, 2106 State Rt 22, Cambridge, NY.