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Mary Speed Clark

Ms. Mary Speed Clark, 83, of Shelby, died on Friday, January 7, 2011 at the Rutherford County Hospital.  A native of Cleveland County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late George S and Nina Thornton Clark.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Beverly Clark Hamrick and Sarah Catherine Clark Martin, and one niece, Claire Hamrick Brown.  She was retired from the Red Cross where she served as an aide worker and traveled all continents except Antarctica and South America.  She will be well remembered as the lady who was always seen riding her bicycle in South Shelby to various eating establishments where she would eat and drink her coffee.  She also enjoyed swimming at the Shelby High School pool.

Ms. Clark is survived by four nephews, Mike Martin of Greenville SC, Tim Martin of Ft. Collins Colorado, Mal Martin of Raleigh NC and Buddy Hamrick of Shelby; one niece, Linda Hamrick Jones of Shelby.

A funeral service celebrating the life of Ms. Clark will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory.  The Rev. Jim Avey will be officiating.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:00 AM prior to the service.  A private burial will follow at Sunset Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. 

Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home is serving the family of Ms. Clark.

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