August 24, 1933 ~ March 6, 2019
Born in: Denver, Colorado
Resided in: Arvada, Colorado
Marilyn M. Clark Skiver passed away on March 6, 2019. She was born in August 1933, and raised in Denver, Colorado to parents Joseph T. Clark and Jewel E. Williamson. She was a quiet, introspective, and determined person and those who knew her said she was kind, caring, strong, had a great sense of humor, a wonderful smile, and was always a lady. And as her son Rick often said, she was made of pioneer stock. She was always there for her family when they needed her quite wisdom and guidance.
She lived a long and interesting life. Before she reached the age of 18, she had lived in three foreign countries, Panama, Trinidad/Tobago and Germany. Germany was where she met her husband to be, William in 1951. A year later they were married and started married life in Washington, DC. With little more than a suitcase with a few items of clothes, a donated sofa, three-quarter size bed, and a floor lamp. They were housed in converted barracks on base until they could find permanent housing. Within three years they and their two boys, Rick and Robert, were transferred and stationed in Osaka, Japan. This is where their third child, Sally was born. When his tour ended in 1957, they returned to Denver, Colorado permanently. In 1960, their fourth child, Wendy was born. Sadly, in June of 1962, at the age of 28, she became a widow with four small children to care for on her own.
With strength and a quiet determination, she started to rebuild her life. She had to learn how to drive and had to find and start a career. In this endeavor, she attended the Emily Griffith Opportunity School to become a Medical Secretary. This would become her life’s career. Over the following years she worked for several different doctors in private practices. Upon the retirement of the last doctor, she changed careers and began working for the City and County of Denver. Her first position was at the DMV and then at Denver General Hospital (now Denver Health) in medical transcription. Her last transfer was to the Rocky Mountain Poison Center where she worked for several different directors over the years until her retirement. Where she really enjoyed the freedom of time.
She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Phillip, sister Colleen, husband William, son Robert, and son-in-law Hank. She is survived by her son Rick and daughters Sally and Wendy; granddaughter Dawn, and great-grandchildren Jacob, Rosie, and Stellan. She was a truly wonderful mom, friend, and a lovely lady, God Bless.
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