Rev. Mary Hynes Clark, PhM, 76, of Sellersburg, IN, died gracefully in her home on April 20, 2023 after months of loving hospice care.
Mary is survived by her first husband, Tom Clark (Pam), three children: Catie Joret (Jean-Yves), Joseph Clark (Vickie), and Michael Clark (Layla George) as well as her four siblings: Patty Hamilton, Tommy Hynes (Nancy), Nonie Vetter, and Stephanie Ray. Mary also leaves behind beloved grandchildren: Ethan, Madeline (Christian), Stella, Layla, Carolina, Lillian Scout, Ford, Jay, and Greyson; one great-grandchild, Ozzy, and cherished nieces, great-nieces, nephews, great-nephews, and other beloved family members and countless friends.
Mary was born in Louisville, KY but spent her childhood on a 300-acre farm in Rhodelia, KY where she developed her love of nature, plants, and anything related to the earth. This love grew into her passion and livelihood. As an adult, she studied under a Native American medicine woman and other experts to become an herbalist and wholistic health practitioner. She was ahead of her time. She owned Sunrise-Sunset, a natural-foods store in Louisville, KY in the early 80's, long before it was cool to eat carob. She taught classes on household medicinals and how to use plants, oils, herbs, and tonics to enhance your well-being. She was a Manager at the Rainbow Blossom in New Albany, IN for many years and a Young Living Oils executive for over 20 years.
Mary was an ordained minister who officiated weddings, baptisms, funerals, and more. She possessed deep faith and a particular affection for the Blessed Mother. She was a passionate speaker and educator. She believed in the best of people and, perhaps more importantly, uplifted them so they could believe in themselves. She was a force of nature and gave the biggest, most uncomfortably long (yet deeply satisfying) hugs. When you were with her, you somehow knew you were in the presence of someone special. She was selfless and giving. She would take the shirt off her back (literally) if you needed it. She remained positive no matter the circumstances and could laugh at herself and most any situation. She shared from the depths of her beautiful, vivacious, and incredibly loving soul. She loved life, her family, and her friends, but she abhorred air conditioning and anything superficial. She was smart, funny, hardworking, strong, and stubborn (OMG stubborn!) to the end. To say she will be missed is truly an understatement.
A memorial service will be held on May 13 at Scott Funeral Home - 2515 Veterans Parkway, Jeffersonville, IN. Visitation from 10 a.m. - Noon with the memorial to immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to honor Mary may consider a gift offering in her name to the amazing Hosparus Health organization (https://hosparushealth.org/donate) or the important American Prairie initiative (https://americanprairie.org/donate).
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