Zourie H.W. Clark, 79, Army nurse, caregiver

September 30, 2002|By Jim Haner | Jim Haner,SUN STAFF

Zourie H.W. Clark, a former Army nurse who turned her military health training into a lifelong calling, died of cancer at her home in Queenstown on Wednesday. The one-time resident of Baltimore and Severna Park was 79.

Known to friends as "Dolly," Zourie Wentz was born and raised in East Baltimore before she moved with her family to the Ten Hills section of the city as a teen-ager and graduated from Friends School on Charles Street in 1941.

She attended Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Va., but cut her education short at the outbreak of World War II to enlist in the Army, serving as a nurse at Camp Lee, Va.

It was to be the beginning of a long affiliation with the craft of care-giving.

"Wherever she went for the rest of her life, whatever else she had going on, she always went to the nearest hospital and volunteered," said her daughter, Bonnie Fisher of Queenstown. "She was always a giver and a helper."

At various times, she worked at Union Memorial Hospital, North Arundel Hospital and the Tampa Shriners Hospital in Florida.

She met her first husband, Bernard W. Fisher, at a Boumi Temple function in 1945. The couple settled in Guilford and opened Fisher's Hardware and Paint Shop in Edmondson Village.

When Mr. Fisher died in 1961, his wife continued to operate the business for another four years before selling it.

In 1968, she married a Guilford neighbor, retired Navy captain and Montgomery Ward executive Richard S. Clark, and moved to Severna Park, where the couple enjoyed boating on the Severn River and golfing at Chartwell Golf and Country Club. They also kept a home in south Florida and traveled extensively around the world.

A few years after her second husband died in 1993, Mrs. Clark moved to the Eastern Shore and lived with her daughter in Queenstown.

But she always kept contact with the Bou-Tem-Sci Club in Baltimore and its Florida affiliates, donating hundreds of hours of her time to various Shrine causes and campaigns.

She frequently volunteered as an Election Day poll worker, Senior Olympics organizer and chaperon for field trips sponsored by Shriner children's hospitals.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 461 College Parkway, Annapolis.

She is also survived by two other daughters, Joyce B. Fisher-Hills of Silver Spring and Anne C. Devaney of Baltimore; two sons, Richard S. Clark of Annapolis and Mark H. Clark of Baltimore; two brothers, Marshall H. Wentz of Tampa, Fla., and Charles R. Wentz of Jacksonville, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

The family suggests that contributions be made to the Hospice of Queen Anne's County, 300 Del Rhodes Ave., Queenstown 21658.

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