Icie Clark blows out the candles on her 105th birthday cake while celebrating with her daughter, Jean McDonough of Forest Hills, right, and Anna Mason, the property manager at Swissvale Towers, during a birthday party in 2012.
By Kevin Kirkland / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
If Icie Clark’s 100th birthday was a milestone, her 110th is like breaking the tape in a lifelong marathon.
She was born on March 19, 1907, in Ruddle, W.Va., the third of Fannie and John Hedrick’s nine children. Three of her sisters are still living: Mary Thompson and Pauline Waggy, both of Reeds Creek, and Madeline Whitecotton of Upper Tract, all in West Virginia. Mrs. Thompson will turn 100 in August.
So why did Icie get the most unique name? Apparently others in Reeds Creek, where she moved to as a child, have the same name. Her uncle chose it, but no one in the family knows why.
In 1943, she married Waldo Clark, a patient at a hospital in Hopemont, where she worked. They moved to Swissvale, where he worked at Union Switch and Signal, and they had two children, Jean McDonough of Forest Hills and Richard Clark of Merriam, Kan. Mr. Clark died in 1962.
An expert crocheter, Mrs. Clark made many afghans for family members and read novels and magazines. When she was able, she enjoyed playing bingo. She celebrated her birthday with family and friends at the LGAR Health & Rehabilitation Center in Turtle Creek, whose name comes from the Ladies Grand Army of the Republic Home in nearby Swissvale. She has four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
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