NLJ Staff


April 25, 1956—

Aug. 14, 2021

Gerry was born April 25, 1956, to Charles and Lavonne Clark. She came home to Red Water near Spearfish, S.D. She also lived in Moskee in the summer and the family eventually moved to Newcastle, Wyo., when she was about 3. She received some of her early education at Gertrude Burns School and later had an in-home tutor. She also attended school in Thermopolis, Wyo., and college classes at Sheridan College. Her next home was Billings, Mont., where she resided in her own apartment for about 25 years.  

She met her first challenge when she was born with cerebral palsy, but never let that keep her from doing or trying whatever she wanted. She liked to play the “Wahoo” marble game when she was younger. She was also a 4-H club member and showed her horse “Velvet” at the county fair. She spent many hours on her computer keeping in contact with family and friends.  

While in Billings, she worked for the college in the mail department delivering mail to the different departments. She was also an annual volunteer for the Salvation Army as a Christmas season bell ringer and always participated in the yearly walk for MS. Although her donations were never large, she always donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital fund. She loved the holidays, especially Christmas when there could never be too many decorations or lights. She even left Christmas lights up and lit in her room at Weston County Manor the year around.  

She had her share of medical issues throughout her life. In November of 2011 she developed a brain bleed which resulted in her moving from Billings back to Newcastle where she lived the remainder of her life but never gave up hope of returning
to Billings.  

She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Lavonne Clark; grandparents, Nate and Hilma Clark and Bun and Betty Conger; and many aunts and uncles.

She is survived by her sister, Shirley Cole and husband Larry, nephews, Scott Johnson (Terra Kennah), and great-nephews, Christopher Johnson and Tanner Johnson, all of Newcastle; nephew, Steven Johnson of Wheatland; aunts, Jackie Dale and Angela Ross and uncle John Ross of Sturgis, S.D.; and many cousins.   

Funeral services for Gerry will be held Thursday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. at the Meridian Mortuary. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Newcastle.

Memorials may be made in Gerry’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Meridian Mortuary, 111 S. Railroad Ave. Newcastle, WY 82701. Condolences may also be expressed at


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