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Edith L. Wark

Died: Sun., Jun. 23, 2013

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2013-06-26T00:00:00Z Edith L. Wark missoulian.com
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STEVENSVILLE - Edith L. Wark ("Edie" or "Edythe"), 87, died at her home in Stevensville on Sunday, June 23, 2013. She was surrounded by her family.

She was born Aug. 11, 1925, to Boyd and Ester Wark of Moccasin. She was one of 12 children. In 1942, the family moved to Stevensville, where Edie graduated from Stevensville High School. In April 1952, she entered the Women's Army Corps and attended basic training at Fort Lee, Va. She was stationed in France, Germany, Fort Meade, Md., Presidio, Calif., Camp Zoma, Japan and Korea. She was one of nine family members to serve in the United States armed forces.

Edie was given numerous awards, commendations, medals and citations in her distinguished military career. She retired April 30, 1972, after 20 years of service. Being a veteran was very important to Edie, and she always took the opportunity to educate young family members to respect and honor our flag, country and those who served. Edie was a 50-year member of both the American Legion Auxiliary and the Women's Auxiliary.

After the service, Edie, who had played competitive softball and bowled for the WAC, continued to bowl with friends and took up golfing as well. Edie was the only women golfer at the Stevensville course for many years so she played with the men. She loved to show us the sand greens and later how the course improved over the years. These were her passions until health forced her to stop. Her favorite times were traveling with friends to bowling tournaments and her annual trips to Jackpot, Idaho, with friends.

After Edie's "retirement" from the service, she spent the next 25 years working in the Stevensville school lunch room.

The Stevi Cafe will miss Edie's daily visits for her 2-2-2. This is where Edie would take all her family anytime we visited and then fight over the bill. Any guesses on who won those fights?

Edie was preceded in death by her parents, Boyd and Ester Wark; four sisters, Anna Burke, Mae Wark, Helen Cushman and June Parks; and five brothers, John, Gene, Carl, Don and George. She is survived by one sister, Marie DeBour of Boardman, Ore.; one brother, Charles (Libby) Wark of Park City; and 25 nieces and nephews.

The family acknowledges with love and thankfulness Sharon Evans, who provided constant loving care to Aunt Edie, and to Peggy Smith for transportation and companionship. Edie and the whole family are forever in their debt.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 27, at Riverside Cemetery. Pastor Sarah Beck will officiate. A reception will follow at the American Legion, 754 Middle Burnt Fork Road.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 94, Stevensville, or Aspen Hospice.

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Colleen Allen
   Posted Wed June 26, 2013
I have such fond memories of Edie in the lunchroom, working with her in the Stevensville Booster Club and as a friend. She was one of the best and will be missed by so many.

Sandy Jewll
   Posted Wed June 26, 2013
My sincere condolences to the family. The Wark's have a dear place in my heart. May God give you peace.

Carol Von Stein Kienenberger
   Posted Thu June 27, 2013
My Aunt, Jean Von Stein Bridges, was so saddened to hear of Edythe's passing. They have been friends for about 82 years and because of health issues haven't been able to be together for quite awhile but still kept in contact and were so close. We want to extend our sympathy to each of you and will keep you in our prayers and hold close the memories of Edythe.

Lee Ploof
   Posted Sat November 07, 2015
I am sorry for your loss. I served with Edie at Fort Meade, Md in the early 60's. She was one sharp soldier and loved the service. She actually took me so I could get my driver's Lic. Loved by all and I thought of her often. Again I am sorry for your loss.

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