Diane Adele Clark (Chaley), 91, of Laurel, Maryland passed away peacefully in the presence of her Lord Jesus Christ while being cared for in the home of her son and daughter-in-law in Hiltons, VA. She fought valiantly from a stroke in August 2019.
Diane was born on April 23, 1929 in Washington, D.C. to Joseph Chaley and Marie Albrecht Chaley. During her courting years she was a Legal Secretary. Then for many years she was a Secretary for the John Hancock Life Insurance Company but family took precedence as she raised her 6 children. Diane was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Diane was devoted to her faith. She became a parishioner of St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church shortly after moving into their home in Laurel, Maryland in 1967. In recent years she donated her time by cleaning the church on a consistent basis. Diane loved working with her hands. She enjoyed doing puzzles but her true talent was creating beautiful pieces of art and clothing while doing needlepoint, cross stitch, and knitting. Diane enjoyed getting together for lunch with her high school classmates from the Academy of Holy Names and her neighborhood friends of 53 years.
Diane is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Robert Clark. In addition to her husband, Diane is survived by her son, Blane Clark and wife Eleanor, of Hiltons, VA; daughters, Monica McGirt of Crownsville, MD; Janet McFarland and husband Michael, of Linthicum, MD; Colleen Guagliardo and husband Tony, of Canton, GA; and Melinda Sullivan and husband Richard, of Ellisville, MO. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and one great grandson. Diane is preceded in death by her daughter Karen Clark.
Due to the current situation with Covid-19, services will be private. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date when it is safe for everyone to attend.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church, 114 St. Mary’s Place, Laurel, MD 20707.
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