LaVonne (Vicki) G. (Whiteaker) Clark was born October 1, 1915 in Casper, Wyoming. She grew up in Winslow, Arizona, attended college at USC, and then received a degree in English from the University of Arizona in 1942. She had a career as a radio publicist at NBC Radio City in New York, meeting Dorothy Parker among other notable New Yorkers. Later, she had her own radio segment on a local Bakersfield, California station. She met her husband, Samuel (Lee) Clark, at USC and they married in 1943.
They lived in Los Angeles in the 1950s, where she worked for Don Lee and NBC Broadcasting in Hollywood, then settled in Anaheim Hills. She was an active member of several Orange County charities, her Pi Beta Phi alumni sorority, and the Church of Christian Science.
She was predeceased by her husband in 1987, her brother James Whiteaker, and in-laws Beverly Whiteaker and Robert and Anne Rouch. She is survived by her cousin Barbara Pitau of Denair, Calif.; her beloved nephew and nieces and their families: her nephew, Robert Rouch of Folsom, niece-in-law Marge Rouch, grand-nephew Robert Rouch, and grand-niece Robin Rouch; by her niece, Patricia Rouch (Ron) Hurst of Havasu City, Arizona, grand-nephew and nieces Christina Hurst (Robert) Loeffler, Ronald (Darlena) Hurst, Jennifer (Kevin) McIntyre, and Summer (Stephan) Teal; niece Diane Hampton of Napa, grand-nieces Courtney (Matt) Wyatt and Marissa Hampton; and niece Denise Whitaker (husband Robert Bednarski) and grand-nephew Giancarlo Whitaker of Los Angeles and Napa.
She spent many years with excellent care at the Meadows in Napa, and the last several weeks she was also under hospice care. She died peacefully on Thursday, June 27, 2013 with her niece, Denise, at her side. She will be interred alongside her husband and mother in Rose Hills Cemetery, Whittier, California.
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