A 102-year-old south suburban woman died Saturday night after being involved in a traffic crash in Homewood last week.
Margaret Clark, of the 2000 block of Hagen Lane in Flossmoor, was pronounced dead at 10:40 p.m. at Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
An examination Monday found that Clark died of complications of blunt force injuries from the car crash, according to the medical examiner's office. Her death was ruled an accident.
Clark was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a motor vehicle crash Oct. 30 at 175th Street and Dixie Highway in Homewood. Homewood Fire Department officials said their department responded to the crash about 12:30 p.m. that day.
Clark's daughter Nancy Dullum was behind the wheel and was taking her mother to a dental appointment when another vehicle struck the passenger door of her car, according to Dullum.
Clark was a great, great, grandmother who was raised in the West Pullman neighborhood and whose father died during the Flu epidemic in the early 20th century, said Dullum.
After her father's death her mother remarried a farmer who emphasized health food and would only allow the family to have sugar on the table for Sunday dinner.
Over the years she taught swimming to disabled children and volunteered for "just about everything" at a YMCA on 111th Street, said her daughter. She also read to the blind over the years. She was very active and swam herself for decades and when she was in her 70s she learned to paint and sketch, said Dullum.
Her mother was so active that she drove a car until she was 91, said Dullum. She was a devoted grandmother who introduced her children to horse back riding and ice skating, said Dullum. Clark's mother lived to be 97 years old.
"There were a lot of memories," said Dullum.
Clark moved to Flossmoor in 1959 after her first husband died and she remarried. In the last year she moved in with her daughter after undergoing a hip replacement, Dullum said. Dullum had one other sibling, a brother who died at 33 from complications from Diabetes.
"She was very gifted, she could make flowers grow and she could cook wonderful things and she sewed her own clothes," said Dullum.
Further details on the crash were not available this afternoon and it's unclear what caused the woman's death. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, according to the medical examiner's office.
"It's heartbreaking," said neighbor Pamela Lessner after hearing the news this morning by telephone. "She was a lovely, lovely woman."
"She was just revered here," said Lessner, who has lived across the street from Clark for 21 years. Lessner said Clark was known for giving "full-sized Clark bars" at Halloween to the delight of neighborhood trick-or-treaters. Her family said she gave the candy because they were her favorite and they shared the name.
"She was a fascinating woman," Lessner said.
Another neighbor, Stephanie Wright, said all the kids on the block loved coming to her home around this time of year for Halloween candy.
"So many kids stopped at her house this year and it was so sad to see that she wasn't here," Wright said.
Clark was an "avid gardener," knitter, painter and she also sketched, neighbors said.
"Her backyard looked like something out of Better Homes & Gardens," Wright said. "She took meticulous care of it (garden) and she was so incredibly knowledgeable."
"She was special, special," Wright said. "One of these people that you just assume will live forever."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun