Mattie Clark

Mattie Lee Brown Rice Clark age 84 formally of Warren and Lake Village passed away on 12-31-2020 at Trinity Village Nursing home in Pine Bluff. Mattie was born on September 18, 1936 on Big Creek (Cleveland Co) to Levi Brown and Mary McClellan Brown. Mattie was the only girl of four brothers, Leon Thomas Hyatt (TH), Lonnie and Larkin. Mattie grew up on the Brown farm on Hwy 15 near the north steel bridge just north of Warren. She was member of Immanuel Baptist of Warren and Parkway Baptist of Lake Village. Mattie loved the lord and sharing the gospel. She did not mind telling any of us, “You need to get your butt in church and get right with Jesus”. Mattie learned a strong work ethic at an early age by picking cotton or packing and working tomatoes. This work ethic would serve her well in life and she made sure to pass this along to her children, grandchildren or anyone that got to know her. Mattie married Claude Jackson Rice on June 9, 1954 and bore two sons Maylon T Rice (Becky) of Fayetteville and Iry T Rice (Carolyn) of White Hall. Mattie’s life was turned on its end when Jack was killed in an automobile accident near Stuttgart, Ark in April 1964, leaving her with two young boys to raise. Mattie returned to Warren in 1964 raising a crop of tomato’s saying, that was the hardest work she had ever done. In 1965 She met the man she would spend the rest of her life with, Shelton Clark who passed July 27, 2018. They were married January 14, 1966 and were married for 52 years Mattie and Shelton had three children Shellia Clark Kornegay (Dwayne) of Pine Bluff and twin sons Shelton Van Clark Jr. (Renea) of El Dorado and Daniel Otto Clark (Daniel died a few hours after birth). Mattie graduated Pines Technical school in November 1966 as a License Practical Nurse having a career of caring for over 35 years at Bradley County Hospital, Autumn Hills Nursing, McGhee, and Lake Village Hospitals. Mattie loved being a nurse almost as much as she loved being a mother and a grandmother. Her caring nature and what we can only say was her calling. She took care of people even after she retired from the nursing field, she was always worried about other people’s needs forgoing sometimes even her own. Her legacy can be seen even today with her daughter, granddaughters, daughter in law and several other family members who followed in her footsteps in the nursing field. When Mattie was not doting over one of her four kids, thirteen grandkids and seven great grandkids, she could be found in one of the many lakes and rivers in the summer catching bream or crappie with Shelton. Her one passion happened every November and that was the start of the modern gun hunt for deer season. She could be found opening morning on a box stand, but not before she awoke way before anyone else to fix everyone a lunch for the day. In her later years that passion turned into needle point, quilting and crocheting, making numerous items for all the family that are a true treasure because they were made with love. Heaven gain someone special and in the words of Shelton we can all hear. “Y’all don’t be sad cause that old woman has just come home and we fixing to go catch a bream or chase us a big buck deer.”

Graveside services were 3:00PM Saturday, January 2nd at Oakland Cemetery. Burial in Oakland Cemetery by Frazer Funeral Home.

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