Viviana (Vivian) Clark

March 18, 1923-Oct. 10, 2020

Viviana (Vivian) Alma

Clark, 97, died October

10, 2020 in a Bottineau

nursing home. A private

graveside service will be


Born March 18, 1923

near Kramer to Henry and

Magdalena (Heil)

Schmidt, her mother died

in Vivian’s infancy.

Therefore, baby Vivian

was raised by her father

and stepmother Magdele-

na (Quenzer) Schmidt in a

family of his/hers/their 14

children. Vivian attended

grade school near Kramer.

Vivian married David

Clark, Jr. on June 6, 1945.

They farmed and raised

registered Shorthorn cat-

tle on the Clark family

homestead southwest of

Bottineau. Vivian kept

busy cooking and baking

for her family and the

hired farm hands always

at the table.

Throughout the years,

she dressed her chickens

and over a thousand

chickens for other custo-

mers in Bottineau County.

In later years, David and

Vivian raised and sold re-

gistered Border Collie

dogs. Vivian’s job was to

feed the puppies and train

them to a leash. It was not

uncommon to find her

“trying” to lead 6-8 new

puppies at a time across

the farm yard.

Vivian was a member of

the First Baptist Church.

She was a 4-H leader for

many years. She was

named 1981 National

Shorthorn Lassie of the

Year for her work with

promoting the Shorthorn

breed and leadership in

the North Dakota

Shorthorn Lassie organi-


After nearly 60 years of

marriage, David passed

away on May 7, 2005.

Vivian continued to live

on the farm until October

2008, when she moved to

Oak Manor Apartments in

Bottineau. She resided

there until April 2020,

when she entered the

Good Samaritan Center

Nursing Home.

Vivian is survived by

one son and three

daughters, Dave (Bonnie)

Clark, Bottineau; Phylis

(Jerry) Fossum, Wahpe-

ton; Sandy Clark, Bot-

tineau; Barb (Ross) Olson,

Mesa, AZ; one half-sister,

MaryAnn Detzler, Wash-

ington state; two

sisters-in-law, Edna

(Clark) Peterson; and

Dorothy Clark, both of

Bottineau. She is also sur-

vived by 10 grandchildren

and 14 great- grandchil-dren, as well as many

nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased in

death by her husband and

youngest daughter Susan

Loe Tanser; one great

grandson, Oliver Olson;

three great grandchildren

who were stillborn; three

sisters, Ann Rudolph;

Magdalena Johnson; Rose

Bjornseth; three brothers,

Henry, Fred and Jacob;

three half-sisters, Velma

Schmidkunz and Alvina

Brown; one half-brother,

Melvin; two step-sisters,

Lydia Aason and Christi-

na Schultz; and one

step-brother, John


In honor of Vivian,

share a cup of coffee and

your favorite baked good

with a friend.

Arrangements were

with Nero Funeral Home

in Bottineau. Friends may

sign the online register

book at www.nerofuneral