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Dori passed away peacefully September 20, 2021; surrounded by love, in the home she had lived in for 56 years. Dori was born in Portland, Oregon on November 8, 1942, to Clare Cecil Sears and his wife, Mae B. Sears (Saunders).
Dori’s father died when she was only a couple of months old, leaving her to be raised by her mom, along with the help of Dori’s older brother, Don. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1960. Dori married Duane Mannan Clark in 1961 and 3 children soon followed. In 1965 they made their home in Milwaukie, where Duane and Dori continued to live until their deaths.
Dori loved being a homemaker and was a devoted, loving, soft-hearted, wife and mother. She enjoyed going camping and hiking in the summer, and cross-country skiing in the winter. Dori attended all of her children’s baseball and basketball games, as well as swimming and track meets. This devotion continued with her 9 grandchildren, and grew to include football, tennis, volleyball, dance, ice skating, gymnastics, and soccer.
Dori and Duane loved Sunriver where the family enjoyed many vacations in all seasons. Dori took each of the grandchildren on a trip of their choosing upon their high school graduations. Dori loved to travel and enjoyed vacations in the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, Cook Islands, cruises, and the Holy Lands.
Dori worked as an educational aid for many years at Linwood Elementary. Former students, now adults, would bring their children by to trick or treat at Dori’s house. When her children were growing up, she’d invite the neighborhood kids in to pick a homemade gingerbread man, cinnamon bear cookie, or candy cane off their Christmas Tree.
Dori’s children and grandchildren will always remember story time at History Rock, the songs she would sing to them, her sense of humor as they played pranks on her, her dreaded notecard house cleaning system, and her “woop woop” sporting call. They grew up learning from “Mrs. Manners”, playing dress up and tea parties, making frequent trips to OMSI, the Zoo and the Children’s Museum. They loved the annual Christmas Cookie Bake day, driving to look at Christmas Lights and dinner at Dea’s In and Out, the Easter Pavlova (a souvenir from her Australia trip) and her (loved by few, hated by many) Christmas Stollen.
Dori was a published author and part of many writing groups. She had several daily devotions that were published in various books and magazines. Her book, Penny’s Choice, written after the antics of her daughter’s pet skunk, lies somewhere in the shelves of the Library of Congress.
Dori had a heart that sought after Jesus Christ, and she never met a stranger. Dori had a genuine love for others and held a weekly neighborhood Bible study. She organized a yearly Easter Egg Hunt for many years at the neighborhood park. Dori held Kids Club Bible Studies and taught children’s Sunday School at her church until her health declined. Dori’s love for Christ was apparent to all who met her, and her wisdom and counseling was sound. Dori was a true prayer warrior and even during her last days, did not request prayer for herself, but was requesting prayer for those left behind.
Dori is survived by daughters, Cherlynn Gerig (Lonny), Lisa Wilkins (Ed); son, Brad Clark (Kathy); grandchildren, Larissa, Tiffany, Jill (Ryan), John (Ashlie), Brett, Cade, Kaylyn (Jeremy), Callie, and Casi; numerous great-grandchildren; brother, Don (Lorraine); and her sister-in-law, Barbara Clark. She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Clare and Mae; her beloved husband, Duane; brother-in-law, Larry; sister-in-law, Patricia; and her numerous dearly loved pet dogs.
We all take great comfort in knowing she joins others she loved in the presence of her Lord.
A celebration of her life will be 3 pm, Sunday, October 3, 2021, at Sunnyside Church, 13231 SE Sunnyside Road, Clackamas, Oregon 97015.
The family requests that remembrances be made to Oregon Right to Life and the Alzheimer’s Association.