Virginia Nell Adams was born in Clarksville, Texas on October 2, 1933 to Odell and Lina Mae Sims Adams and to big sister, Nina Marie Adams. In 1939, the family moved from Clarksville to Garland, Texas where Virginia joined Saint Luke Methodist Church at a young age. Virginia attended public grade school in Garland and later Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas, Texas where she graduated in 1952.
On February 6, 1953, Virginia Nell Adams united in holy matrimony to Curtis Clark. The couple made their home in Garland, and three children were born to their union. In 1954, she joined the Civicettes Club, which at that time was instrumental in giving the Black community more of a voice in the city of Garland during the 1960's. She served as the club's treasurer and reporter from 1954 until the mid 1970's. In 1963, Virginia entered the work force and was employed by Texas Instruments as a production operator until leaving in January of 1969. During the 1970's, she worked in the Garland Independent School District as a teacher's aide at Hillside Elementary School. During the early to mid 1980's, Virginia was an employee of Carroll Company located in Garland.
Virginia remained faithful in her service to the Lord. She and her family united with Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Garland where she served as an usher and later as President of the Women's Mission. On January 23, 1988, Virginia was lead to organize the Garland Area Model Mission. The GAMM, as it has become known, was instrumental in bringing all of the Garland area Black churches together in a spirit of unity and fellowship. In February of 2002, Virginia was one of many other women honored by the Garland Branch of the NAACP for their outstanding accomplishments. She continued to serve in the GAMM until her health no longer permitted.
Virginia Nell Adams Clark entered her eternal rest on Sunday, March 15, 2020. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lina Mae Adams; father, Odell Adams; and sister, Nina Marie Adams Wright. Those left to cherish precious memories and continue her legacy of love include her loving husband of 67 years, Curtis Clark; son, Curtis Dell Clark (wife Veronica, daughter Kelly, and granddaughter Kendell) of DeSoto, Texas; son, Charles Dean Clark of Garland, Texas; daughter, Debra Elaine Clark Coleman (husband Steven and daughter Elise Rae) of Rowlett, Texas; brother in-law, Robert Clark, Jr. (wife Ida) of Garland, Texas; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends; and her Shiloh Church family.
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