Virginia Mae (Plageman) Clark, 80, passed away May 21, 2020 at Transitions Care Facility in Tuscon AZ. She was born Dec. 5, 1940 to Evelyn (Thompson) and Chester Plageman in St. Peter, MN, Nicolett County.
She married and, while going through a divorce, accepted a job in 1971 in Church’s Ferry, ND with Wayne Clark’s shorthorn steer farm. They married in 1972, welcoming their first son in 1973. They lost a son at birth between then and 1977, when they welcomed their youngest into their lives. There was always a special place in her heart for their nearest neighbors on the next farm, Bill and Elaine Godman.
Known to most as Ginny, this tiny woman was always feisty and ready to take on a challenge, no matter the odds. She raised both of her sons on her own after he passed, eventually moving to San Manuel, AZ to be closer to her family – most of them within walking distance of each other.
Her faith was a large part of her life and her church family in Oracle, AZ provided support, camaraderie, and comfort through both the good and the difficult times. She found joy in painting, gifting many oil paintings of animals to family. She collected Painted Ponies, enjoyed gardening, and loved her dogs.
Ginny was preceded in death by her husband Wayne, brother Tom, son Michael, and her parents, along with numerous dogs she had loved throughout her life including Shadow and Duchess.
She is survived by sons, Norman (Denise) Clark of Mandan, ND, and Terry (Karlene) Clark of East Grand Forks, MN; grandsons, Wayne and Joseph; brothers, Donald (Barbara) Plageman of Montana and Robert Plageman of Arizona; and sister, Beverly Dollard of Tennessee, along with many nieces and nephews about whom she always spoke highly.
Her remains will be brought “home” to Cando, ND where she will find rest at the side of her beloved husband once more. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, her sons will not be holding a funeral, but instead doing a personal graveside visit with their immediate families only.
As Ginny loved her dogs so much, her sons are asking that in lieu of cards or flowers, that a donation be made to your nearest animal shelter on her behalf.