Carol Charmaine (Eisenman) Clark

Carol Charmaine (Eisenman) Clark, a resident of Walnut Creek, died Dec. 14. She was 77.

Clark was born Oct. 10, 1939, in Alta Bates Hospital, Berkeley, California and moved to Walnut Creek in 1944. She attended the old Walnut Creek Grammar School on the current site of Plaza Escuela and graduated from Las Lomas High School and San Jose State College. She Lived in Lafayette, Concord, Framingham, Massachusetts, Indianapolis, Indiana, Portland and Medford Oregon before settling in Pleasanton where she lived for 14 years returning to Walnut Creek in 1985.

She was a member of Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church and Pleasanton Presbyterian where she sang in the choirs and Saint Augustine's Catholic Church in Pleasanton.

Clark taught full time at Parkmead School and was a substitute teacher in Walnut Creek School District for five years. She clerked part-time at fabric stores in the 1970s, worked as a secretary in the Purchasing Department of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for four-and-a-half years and began as an on-call secretary for the City of Walnut Creek and the Contra Costa Water District before landing the job she loved most of all as "secretary to the city planners" for the City of Walnut Creek. There she combined her great ability to organize and support, along with her love for and knowledge of The City of Walnut Creek and its history.

Clark served the community as a Brownie Scout leader, three years; 4-H Community leader and project leader for 13 years, and worked in the "4-H Building" at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds for close to a decade. She had been an officer of Pacific Smockers, Diablo Singles Square Dance Club, Amador High School Boosters Club and member of the Belles-A-Singing. She took great pride in having been involved with raising five puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

She enjoyed square dancing and round dancing, traveling and many forms of needlework (cross-stitch, smocking, needlepoint, quilting, sewing.) She won awards at Contra Costa and Alameda County Fairs including Best of Show and Sweepstakes. She also ushered at the Regional Center for the Arts. She was a long-time fan of Lamplighters (Gilbert and Sullivan). She also organized exhibitions of smocking at local fairs and John Muir house. She loved to hike wherever she went, enjoying lizards, banana slugs, tarantulas and wild flowers. For over a decade, she participated in and was "proof hiker" for the Regional Parks Trails Challenge.

Clark is survived by daughter, Marie Clark McEntee, son-in-law, Kevin McEntee and grandson, Sam McEntee and many many friends. She is preceded in death by her mother, Ella (Jo) Mercer Eisenman (1987); father, Tad Eisenman (1976) and brother, Richard Eisenman (1989).

A service celebrating her life will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m. at Hillside Covenant Church, 2060 Magnolia Way in Walnut Creek. A reception will follow at her home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Carol Clark may be made to either Guide Dogs for the Blind, 350 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael, California 94903 or the East Bay Regional Parks Foundation P.O. Box 21074, Crestmont Station Oakland, California, 94620.