Mariann W. Clark
TILTON – Mariann Jean (Wiltse) Clark, 91, a resident of Tilton for over 50 years, passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday, October 6th. Mariann was born May 2, 1928, in Schenectady, New York, daughter of Fred and Lillian (Taber) Wiltse. She grew up in Frankfort, New York and attended Utica College of Syracuse University where she met and fell in love with Peter Clark. They were married the day after graduation and soon moved to Ohio where Peter had accepted a position as a Social Worker for the Ohio Bureau of Services for the Blind. They settled in Strongsville and over the years made a loving home for their family of seven. In 1968 they moved to New Hampshire when Peter accepted a job with the New Hampshire Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in Concord, later being promoted to Deputy Chief, a position that she was very proud of him for. They resided in Tilton and Mariann worked as a substitute teacher and stay-at-home mom. She was an active volunteer in the Tilton-Northfield-Sanbornton communities organizing Cub Scouts as well as Girl Scouts so that her children could continue the scouting experiences they had enjoyed in Ohio, taking on the roles of several Scout Troop Leaders and Assistant Troop Leaders. She was a Sunday School teacher and taught Kindergarten in Sanbornton, a member of the Sanbornton Historical Society, and the Tilton-Northfield Historical Society. Mariann was very involved in the development of the Community Youth Assistance Program volunteering many hours of support. She was also a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for the Belknap County Commission on Aging and Champions for Action.
Many will remember “Mrs. Clark the History Teacher” at Winnisquam Regional High School where she taught Social Studies for 12 years until her retirement in 1992. For the next 3 years she continued to tutor students and work as a substitute teacher. She enjoyed traveling and had been around the world twice! Trips included stops in China, South America, Antarctica, Vancouver British Columbia, St. Thomas and the Virgin Islands, The Panama Canal, Madrid, Argentina, Columbia, Hawaii, the Giza Pyramids of Egypt, Mexico, South Africa, Australia, Alaska, and Sri Lanka. She also enjoyed several cruises aboard The Queen Elizabeth II and The Delta Queen, in addition to cruising the Arabian Sea and the Amazon River. Her students eagerly looked forward to her classes as she would come back and share with them her many adventures including white water rafting and gold mining.
Mariann loved cardinals, lady bugs and hot chocolate, covered bridges, fall foliage, and going for rides on the back roads of New England. Listening to Peter play his piano and sing in a small jazz band on the weekends brought her hours of enjoyment. She loved her home in Tilton and, in later years, cherished the peace and quiet of her ‘Castle on the Hill’. Most of all, she loved her family.
In addition to her parents, Mariann is predeceased by her beloved husband Peter S.B. Clark (1979), her sons David Wiltse Clark (1967) and Richard Lee Wiltse Clark (2011), and her brother Richard John Wiltse (1983). She leaves behind her children Jeanne Tilton Boschen of Tilton, Leslie Starbuck Clark Freeland of Blissfield MI, Christopher B. Clark of Westford MA, Allison M. Clark of Tilton, and Peter W. Clark of Huntington Station NY. Mariann was also blessed with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
A scholarship has been established in her name to help advance the education of a Winnisquam Regional High School graduate. Donations to The American Cancer Society in her memory would also be appreciated.
Mariann and Peter will be buried together in Fly Creek Valley Cemetery, Cooperstown, New York.
A reception in her honor will be held on Saturday, November 9th, at La Piece - The Room, Riverfront Place, Tilton NH from 4pm – 7pm. Please join the family as we celebrate her life and share memories with those who knew and loved her.
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