Funeral services for Marcia Clark Krueger will be held at 3 o’clock on Sunday, November 18, 2018, at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. The Rev. Bill Oldland will officiate with entombment in the prayer garden. A reception will be held in the Fellowship Hall following the service. Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home is serving the family.
Marcia Clark Krueger passed away peacefully on Thursday the 15th of November in her home on Hinnant Lane. She was surrounded by many people she loved and cherished. Along with her son, her niece Tina Clark Martzke and her nephew Richard Martzke were there to lovingly see her into the final chapter of her life. Caregivers past and present were ministering and attending to her final needs. There were also many friends who came by to wish her farewell.
Marcia Clark Krueger was born on April the 26, 1923, to the late Martha Neuman Clark and Harry B. Clark in Lansing, Michigan. She is survived by her son Kenneth W. Krueger Jr. and her sister Marlene Clark Hilton, as well as many nieces and nephews, all of whom she cherished greatly. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth W. Krueger M.D., sister Marguerite Clark Clay, and brothers, Donald Clark and Thomas Clark.
Mrs. Krueger graduated from Grand Ledge High School in Michigan in 1940 and then earned a nursing degree from Harper Hospital in Detroit. There she met her future husband Kenneth Krueger. After Dr. Krueger finished his commitment to the US Army, they married in 1947. In 1949, they moved to Hartsville, where Dr. Krueger established a practice. Mrs. Krueger worked as a nurse in his practice as well as being an efficient homemaker. But she also found many ways to serve her church and the Hartsville community. She helped form the Byerly Hospital Woman’s Auxiliary; she served on the Byerly and Carolina Pines Hospital boards and on the Coker University Board of Visitors.
Marcia was an accomplished artist and worked in several mediums, but her preferred medium was oil paints. She enrolled at Coker University at age 40, graduating with a BA in Fine Arts. After she completed her degree, she taught in the Coker University Art
Department for a short period. She became connected with her students and, often would tutor them in other subjects they were having problems with.
As accomplished as she was in intellectual, artistic, and business matters of life, her greatest gift was that of being a committed Christian. She was active in several churches in Hartsville in her lifetime and loved her fellow members in Christ. She was given to random acts of kindness and helped any who were strangers on the road, like the stranger served by the Good Samaritan.
It is impossible to convey completely someone’s life in a few short paragraphs and sentences. We all touch each other in some way and hopefully, we support each other in good times and in hard times. For this reason, Mrs. Krueger’s family would like those touched by her life to donate to charitable organizations, or perform random acts of kindness, in memory of her. Because Marcia believed that the arts helped children, and indeed others, to develop the creative skills needed for a successful life, organizations devoted to children’s arts education were especially dear to her.
The family would like to thank the many people who helped and supported Marcia later in life. They are too numerous to mention all here but rest assured their grace and patience were instrumental in her well-being. The family especially thanks to the dedicated workers at Hospice of South Carolina who loved and nurtured her through her final days.
God Bless Marcia on her trip to eternity and God Bless us all, as we finish our life’s story.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her honor to the Hartsville High School Chorus Fund, Hartsville Interfaith Ministries, Black Creek Arts Council, The Dementia Society of America, or to the St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church Pastor’s Discretionary Fund.