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Dora Lou (Lamer) Clark

December 27, 1926 ~ June 23, 2018 (age 91)

Dora Lou Lamer Clark

Dora Lou Lamer Clark, 91, Hays, died Saturday, June 23, 2018 at HaysMed.

She was born December 27, 1926 in Salina, Kansas the daughter of Harry Bernard and Clara (Willis) Lamer.   She lived in Hermosa Beach, California from 1931 until 1937 then moved to Hays and lived with her parents in the Lamer Hotel, which her grandfather and father built.  She was a student in sixth grade at Picken School at Fort Hays State University, earned her pilot’s license at the age of 16, and graduated from Hays High School in 1945.  She studied at Gulf Park College for Women in Gulfport, Mississippi, the University of Colorado, and in 1950 received a B.S. Degree in dietetics and institutional management from Kansas State University.   She was united in marriage to Robert Russell “Russ” Clark on July 22, 1950 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Hays with her brother, Rev. H.B. Lamer, Jr. officiating.  They celebrated nearly 68 years of marriage. 

She was a member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Hays Book Guild, P.E.O. Chapter I.H., Delta Delta Delta at KSU, bridge club, and a charter member of Smoky Hill Country Club.

Survivors include her husband Russ, of the home in Hays, three sons; Steven Clark of Brooklyn, NY, Patrick Clark of Overland Park, KS, and Robert Clark and wife Lai Ling of Brooklyn, NY, three daughters; Lynn Burke and husband Michael of Galveston, TX, Cindy Maddux of Randolph, KS and Sara Clark of Friday Harbor, WA, and five grandchildren; Russell Maddux, Dora Leigh Maddux, Ava Clark, Meredith Clark, and Lola Clark.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers; Rev. Harry Bernard Lamer, Jr., Charles William “Bus” Lamer, and Stanley Willis Lamer.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Monday, July 2, 2018 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 2900 Canal Blvd. with The Very Reverend Canon Jerry S. Jones and The Reverend Dr. Harvey Hillin officiating.  Inurnment will be at 2:00 pm at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery in WaKeeney, Kansas.  Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 6:00 on Sunday at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street, Hays, and from 10:00 am until service time on Monday at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Hays Public Library, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, or Shriner’s Hospitals for Children Burn Center, in care of the funeral home.  Condolences and memories of Dora Lou may be left for the family at

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