Frances Hepner Clark

Frances Hepner Clark, 85, of Mt. Jackson, died Friday, March 6, 2015 at Consulate Health Care of Woodstock.

Mrs. Clark was born January 9, 1930 at Hepner’s daughter of the late Mark and Nina Newland Hepner.

She was a graduate of New Market High School and Shenandoah Business College in Woodstock.

She was owner and operator of Vehrencamp’s in Mt. Jackson for many years and retired in 2000.

She was a life member of Morning Star Lutheran Church west of Mt. Jackson.

Mrs. Clark was preceded in death by her husbands, William L. Vehrencamp, Jr. and Earl L. Clark.

She is survived by a sister, Evelyn Moomaw of Mt. Jackson;  a special niece Linda Moomaw Lamma (Edgar III) of  Newport News; four great nieces and nephews; and one great, great nephew.

She was preceded in death by a special niece, Donna Moomaw Miller.

A funeral service will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Morning Star Lutheran Church with Vicor David Moore officiating. Burial will follow at the Mt. Jackson Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Boyd Emswiler, Wayne Nesselrodt, Eddie Lamma, Jr., Jim O’Connell, Melvin Tusing and David Emswiler.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

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4 Condolences to Frances Hepner Clark

  1. Mack Litten says:

    This is a letter that I wrote to Francis on her 80th birthday. My Memories Of Francis
    Seems like just yesterday I was just a little kid, you called Mackie, and I l0ved to come and stay with you way back in the woods where you lived. I thought it was so neat to live where so very few people lived. My parents had to make me go home or else I would have stayed all summer with you. All your family was always so good to me.
    I remember the time your family took me to the cherry orchard. While everyone picked cherries, I helped box the cherries. I remember that day eating so many cherries that I should have had a stomach ache, but I didn’t.
    I remember your father taking me to the Mt. Jackson mill to get flour. I saw how they ground the wheat into flour. I was fascinated by the fact that the flour came in cloth bags that your mother made into clothes. I always liked to fish from the bridge that crossed the creek to your house. used a quart jar with bread in it and a long string tied around the top of the jar to catch minnows.
    I always liked the drive through the woods on the dirt road where you had to drive across the creek about 3 times to get to your house. Driving across the creek in the water was a real neat thing for me. This was before the new road was built.
    These memories of being at your house and being with you and your family will always be with me. I believe that I had the best cousins and aunt and uncle that anyone could have.
    Your kindness in caring for people from your dad’s sister to Aunt Ella, Aunt Nella, and my mom, and now Donna is an example of goodness found in very few people. Whenever I am talking to people about people who I think should be honored for outstanding examples of caring for others, I always bring Evelyn and you up as the best people I know. After I tell them the things that you have done for others, they agree with me.
    Carol and I will miss Francis a lot.

  2. Doris Poole Brackenrich says:

    Evelyn, Linda, Edgar and family: I have great memories of all of you from the time I was a little girl but my best memory will always be the trips to Morning Star made by Frances and Jeanie Poole. I am quite sure that they are having a wonderful reunion in Heaven! May all the happy times get you through this time of mourning. My prayers are with you.
    — Doris and family

  3. Tom Truban says:

    My deepest sympathy in your loss of a wonderful person. Francis was a friend of my fathers, Bill Truban. He was a veterinarian in Woodstock and I now work as a vet in his practice. I have many memories of Francis as a child as we often stopped at the store and Dad used the phone to check in at his office, as well as a source of many appliances. Francis was also his book keeper for the animal hospital and helped with his senate campaign. He was a state Senator for twenty years. Francis was also our connection to the wonderfully delicious Morning Star Church apple butter he would take to Richmond and hand out to many senators and Governors. He even took a jar to Ronald Reagan on a trip to the White House. She was a special friend to dad, who has been gone eight years. Again my sympathy to your family and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers

    Tom Truban

  4. clayton litten says:

    i wanted to tell you how much frances ment to me but my brother told his first and it is almost the same thing i am going to say. every since i was young i love going back to see my aunt and uncle and my best cousins you could every have. my mon and dad would take us back there for a weekend. it was my favorate place to be. it was quiet and at night you could hear the birds call out. as i got older i was able to go there and stay a week in the summer. evelyn and frances would take me to work with them which i enjoyed very much. just being with them you could file all the love they share with everyone. frances and some other people and i would go horse back riding which i love very much. when i was there i would cut the grass and clean up around the creek which they love having me do this. i would take walks through the woods with their aunt. it was just a beaufil place to be. as time went on evelyn got married and had two daughters. i love going back there and playing with them. evelyn and frances were always giving of their time to help others. frances also toke care of my aunt and my mother till they dye. plus she took care of evelyn daughter donna as she was in a wreck and could not care for her self. as far as i am concern you could not find two more loving cousins as evelyn and frances were. i know frances suffer through losing two husbands but now she is with them in heaven God bless frances for all the people she touch while on this earth but now she is a peace. you my be gone from earth but you will always live in our hearts as we miss you very much. the day will come when we can join you and walk the streets of gold.until then i miss you very much.
    clayton litten