Theda Retha Clark, 81, Burlington: July 17, 1934 – July 25, 2015 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Theda Retha Clark, 81, Burlington: July 17, 1934 – July 25, 2015

BURLINGTON – Theda Retha Clark, 81, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at the Life Care Center of Burlington. She was born on July 17, 1934, in Melvern, Kan., the daughter of Ernest and Aleatha Judd Retschlag.

Theda lived in Melvern until she was 9, when her mother and grandmother moved with her to Lyndon. She graduated from Lyndon High School in 1952. She lived in Topeka from 1953 until 1965, and then returned to Lyndon where she lived until moving to Burlington in 2009.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Washburn University in 1965 and a master’s degree in counseling from Emporia State University in 1983. She taught at West Indianola, north of Topeka, Carbondale, Lyndon and Wathena. She was the school counselor for Doniphan County School District and Burlingame High School from 1987 to 1991. She served as the outreach coordinator for the Allen County Community College at Burlingame and was instrumental in the growth of a permanent campus at Burlingame. She continued to teach and work in the offices at ACCC until her retirement. In her teaching career, she served every grade from kindergarten to college.

Theda was a lifelong servant of the Lord. She was a member and served in many churches in her lifetime, but always called the Assembly of God home. She taught afterschool Bible clubs for 12 years while her boys were in school, and after her retirement she became “Grandma Theda” to many Lyndon children when she again taught Bible club and read to the preschool library story hour. After her retirement, Theda’s greatest joy was helping raise her grandchildren and serving the Lord.

On Oct. 10, 1954, Theda was married to Lyle William Clark, in Topeka. They were married for 27 years.

Theda is survived by her two sons, Brad Clark, Platte City, Mo., and Jeff (Brandee) Clark, Burlington; and four grandchildren, Ammie Stull, Taylor Clark, Cierra Clark, and Gabriel Clark.

A celebration of Theda’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, at the Salt Creek Lighthouse Assembly of God Church, 211 Topeka Ave., Lyndon. The family will receive friends 30 minutes before services and 1 hour after services at the church on Tuesday. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Melvern Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salt Creek Lighthouse Assembly of God Church or the Lamont Wesleyan Church (Vacation Bible School Fund), sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Online condolences may be left at

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