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Adrienna June (Gholson) Clark was born June 22, 1926, in Knoxville Iowa, the daughter of Benjamin and Nellie (Hand) Gholson, graduating from high school with the Class of 1944 and on April 7, 1946 she was united in marriage to Lewis Clark.
Lewis was working at the veterans hospital in Knoxville when they were blessed with four children, David, Ruthanne, Christine and Colleen.
Lewis, being a teacher by trade, gave opportunity for the family to be adventuresome. And so began the journey ...Lewis, Adrienna and the children went around the world; California, Guam, Germany, Colorado and back to Des Moines, Iowa where together they built a 30' trimaran sail boat which was launched in the Mississippi River at Keokuk, Iowa in 1973.
They sailed down the river to New Orleans, across the Gulf of Mexico to Florida. They lived on the boat for the next 3 years sailing, fishing, exploring and living life to the fullest. A life many would only dream of!
Meanwhile grandchildren began to appear, so they returned to Tampa Florida and built a bigger boat. This one was a 40' trimaran and when finished they returned to Florida Pine Island Sound and resumed their life style, cruising in winter and camping in the summer.
This all ended, Sept 2013, while returning from their annual summer camping trip, Adrienna had a stroke which turned into dementia. She passed away peacefully September 25, 2016 at home in Gibsonton, Florida with Lewis by her side.
She was preceded in death by her parents and eight siblings; Clover Arlene Gholson, Jauson Streeter, Cherri Pitcher, Jalene Wilson, Harrison Gholson, Francesanne Fountain, Molly Schoonover and Marita Mastrofski.
Adrienna is survived by her loving husband, Lewis and children David (Jennifer), Ruthanne (Don) Wiser, Christene (George) Potter, Colleen (Dennis) Carver and three sisters; Sally Garfield, Susan Gholson and Michaleen Parks.
Adrienna will be missed by her beloved family, many relatives and friends. The world is a little less bright.
Published on October 24, 2016
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