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Shirley F. (Strope) Clark

Shirley F. (Strope) Clark, 80, formerly of  Ipswich, died Saturday September 9, 2017 in the Chestnut Woods Rehabilitation Center, Saugus,  following her long illness.

Born January 9, 1937 in Dixie, Arkansas, daughter of the late Leonard J. and Jewel D. (Schugg) Strope, she was raised in Arkansas where she married and raised her family. In 1985 she relocated to New England to be with her adult children. Shirley’s greatest joy was her loving family and her devotion to Christianity.
She is survived by a son, Therral E. Clark, Jr. and his wife Sheila of Ipswich; two daughters, Catherine J. Credle-Clark and her wife Shannon of Marblehead, and Catrenia A. Joly and her husband Sean of Georgetown; four grandchildren, Erin Libby of Henniker, NH, Jillian Mason of Manchester, NH, Lance Rickard of Georgetown, and Brooke Rickard of Newbury; six great grandchildren; a sister, Jeannie Marie Brown and a brother Leonard Strope, Jr, both of St. Louis, MO. She was the sister of the late  Barbara Fleming and Virginia Pierce both formerly of AR.
Her funeral service will be held  11 am Wednesday September 13 in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich,  followed by internment in the New Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be 5 to 8 pm Tuesday.

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