Mary Carolyn Black Manzione Clark was born May 8,1931 in Escalante, Utah to Vie Louise Gillies and Alton Clark Black. She graduated from Beaver High School in 1949. Mary was sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple to Howard White (Duke) Manzione on August 25, 1949. Duke was killed on October 22, 1949 leaving Mary a young widow and expecting their first child. She later married and subsequently divorced Richard K Clark.
Mother of four children; Howard Wayne Manzione (Bobette) Rick Clark (Shaunna), Rebecca Lynne Kernodle (Mike) and Christopher Charles Clark. She was an exceptional grandmother to eight and great-grandmother to ten. Mary enjoyed traveling around the world and sharing those experiences with clients who became her friends. She was a voracious reader, and prolific anglophile. She jumped at the chance to go out to breakfast with friends or family. Everyone she met became a friend. Mary was famous for her “Grammy Dates” with her grandchildren. She took their loving teasing with humor and grace. She was close to her best friend Anne Barker, 3 siblings Merle (Wayne) Gillins, Vie (Tex-Don) Marshall and John (Sonja) Black and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins who were always up for a good game of Shanghai.
Mary was an intellectual woman always ready to be in charge. She was the first woman manager at Western Airlines, President of Soroptimist, President of The National Association of Women Business Owners and President of The Utah Professional Saleswoman’s Association. As PTA president of Holladay Elementary she was instrumental in the passing of the PKU law. Mary created and published the travel newsletter “Smart Woman Traveler”. She was the business owner of Travel World and Gift Basket Affairs.
We were proud that she wrote and self-published her memoir in her mid 80s- Journey, a True Story of Tragedy and Hope. Mary was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has left a legacy of faith and perseverance that we will strive to emulate. We will miss her. Preceded in death by her parents, sister, brothers-in-law, and a son-in-law.
In lieu of flowers, please read a good book, travel the world and take a friend to breakfast.
A family funeral will be held Friday, Jan 8, 2021 at 11:00am at Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, with a family viewing one hour prior. Extended family and friends are invited to watch the funeral online at: www.HolbrookMortuary.com. To watch the funeral scroll to the bottom of Mary’s obituary page on the mortuary website.
Interment will be Saturday, January 9, at 1:00pm at the Mountain View Cemetery, Beaver, Utah. All that wish to are welcome to attend the interment.