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By Diane A. Rhodes
Special to Valley News 

Family grieves loss, community provides Christmas


Last updated 12/27/2018 at 12:44pm


On Christmas in 2017, Wendell Clark lifts one of the younger children to add a decoration to the tree while others helped unwrap and hang some other ornaments.

While most families were preparing for Christmas with tree trimming and gift buying, the Clark family of Menifee was planning a memorial service and preparing for the new year without their patriarch, Wendell, who passed away from a sudden heart attack, Dec. 7.

"The biggest challenge is living without him," Jeanne Clark said, who got married shortly after she turned 18 and spent 43 years with husband at her side. "He was an amazing man."

The couple met in 1974 at a little church in Orange County when she was 17 and he was 21.

"He was cleaning up after church service and I stayed to help...

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