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Joan (Grabruck) Clark

June 27, 1934 ~ October 16, 2021 (age 87)

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Mrs. Joan Grabruck Clark, age 87, of Franklin, KY passed away on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the Cal Turner Nursing Home in Scottsville, KY.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and on Wednesday, October 20th from 7:00 AM to funeral service time, at First Baptist Church, Franklin, KY.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM with burial to follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin, KY.  ***FAMILY IS REQUESTING VISITORS TO WEAR MASKS.****

Joan was born on June 27, 1934 in Pineville, KY to the late Walter and Hazel (VanBever) Grabruck. She is preceded in death by her two brothers, Ronald Grabruck and Ryan Grabruck.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Ronnie Clark; one son, David Clark (Sebrena) of Franklin, KY; one daughter, Karen Clark Klemm (Eric) of Franklin, IN; three grandsons, Kevin Carmichael of Greenwood, IN, Colby Clark of Nashville, TN, and Tanner Clark of Nashville, TN; one granddaughter, Kaley Bova (Ben) of Indianapolis, IN; and one great-granddaughter, Elsie Bova.

Joan was a member of Franklin First Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Bowling Green High and Western Kentucky University.  While at Western she was a cheerleader and met her husband, Ronnie, who was a basketball player for Mr. Diddle.  Upon graduating from WKU, Joan and Ronnie moved to Auburn, KY, where she taught school.  Then, they moved for a brief time to Fort Smith, AR and then to Franklin, KY in 1962. She taught Physical Education for a total of 33 years at Auburn High School and Franklin Elementary and was named Physical Education Teacher of the Year five times in the state of Kentucky.  Joan enjoyed hosting/attending business affairs of her husband, supporting and attending activities of her son, daughter, and grandchildren, and attending WKU activities throughout the years.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Franklin Elementary Physical Education Equipment.  Donations may be sent to:  Simpson County School, Central Office, 430 South College, Franklin, Ky. 42134, Attn: Joan Clark Fund.  Envelopes will be provided at the church. 

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October 19, 2021

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Baptist Church (KY, Greenlawn Cemetery, Franklin)

October 20, 2021

7:00 AM to 10:00 AM
First Baptist Church (KY, Greenlawn Cemetery, Franklin)

Funeral Service
October 20, 2021

10:00 AM
First Baptist Church
303 East Cedar Street
Franklin, KY 42134

Interment following funeral service
October 20, 2021

Greenlawn Cemetery
420 Cemetery Street
Franklin, Ky 42134

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