Elizabeth Givens, MHS grad, dies in Montana


Elizabeth Given, 86, died July 16, 2012, at Peace Hospice of Montana in Great Falls. A memorial service will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 600 Third Avenue, North, Great Falls, Mont., on Monday Aug. 13, 2012, at 11 a.m. Her ashes will be buried at the Clark family gravesite at Mission at a later date.
Elizabeth was born in Winner on Dec. 3, 1925, daughter of the late Rev. John B. Clark and Rebecca Elizabeth Miller Clark, and granddaughter of the Rev. Aaron Clark and his wife Sarah, all of whom ministered in the Sioux Nation.
Elizabeth graduated from Mobridge High School in 1943, and received her degree in Junior Occupational Therapy from Sioux Falls College (now known as the University of Sioux Falls) in May 1946. From 1949 to 1962, Elizabeth joined her uncle, the Rev. David W. Clark at the Navajo Good Shepherd Mission in Fort Defiance, Ariz., where she taught pre-school. In 1952, Elizabeth married Davis Given, an Episcopal priest at Good Shepherd Mission, but their marriage eventually ended and they had no children.
Elizabeth then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area with her sister Kathryn, where she lived throughout the 1960s, and together they ran a dry cleaning store in Oakland, Calif. Elizabeth also taught at Noah’s Ark Pre-school at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Richmond, Calif., where her students included a niece and nephew. After Kathryn passed away in 1972, Elizabeth moved to Santa Fe, N.M., for several years, where she worked in a doctor’s office as a receptionist and doing medical transcription. In 1981, she moved to Great Falls to be close to her sister Dorothy Jean Clark Mattheisen. She lived with her sister until 1996 and worked in a pharmacy at the Columbus Hospital until she retired in 1990, but continued to work part-time until 1998.
Elizabeth continued to be active in her church and enjoyed spending time with a very special group of ladies who jokingly called themselves the “Home Aloners.” She was dedicated to her family and devoted to her friends, providing loving support to those near and far. She will be sorely missed.
Elizabeth is survived by her brother-in-law, the Rev. Lester L. Westling, Jr.; sisters-in-law, Laura Clark and Helen Clark; nieces and nephews, Robert (Karla) Mattheisen, Larry (Laurie) Mattheisen, Kay Mattheisen Ryan, Rebecca Mattheisen McHugh, William Mattheisen (Dennis Shannon), Paul (Sandy) Clark, Jr., Stephen Clark, John (Kim) Clark, David Clark, Peter (Alice) Clark, Kathryn Clark Wilcox, Karla (Peter) Westling Bakke, Lester L. Westling III, Karen (Brett) Westling Jerome, Judith Clark Stanley, Rebecca Clark (Blake Wood), Barbara Clark, and their children and grandchildren.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her sisters and brothers, Robert Miller Clark, Dorothy Jean Clark Mattheisen, John William (Bill) Clark, the Rev. Paul Austin Clark, Marjorie Clark Westling, Kathryn Clark King; and nephew John Mattheisen.
Memorial contributions may be given in Elizabeth’s name to Peace Hospice of Montana, the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, or a charity of your choice.

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