Marcelina Clark Peru was born in Lake Valley, N.M., April 26, 1934, to Tomas and Petra Arrellin Nuñez. She had 2 brothers, Ramon Nuñez and Lupe Nuñez and 2 sisters, Teresa Altamirano and Antonia Martinez.
Marcelina was raised in Hatch, N.M., where she attended school. As a child she liked to spend all her time outdoors playing with friend and homemade toys. Marcelina was better known as Shelly to most, a name she gave herself as a child. On October 25, 1948, Shelly married Joe G. Clark in Hatch, N.M. They had 11 children, 4 boys and 7 girls; Joe Clark (Norma), Art Clark (DeeAnn), Dee Quiroz (Louie), Nancy Garcia (Pablo), Delfina Ruiz (Ruben), Frank Clark, Betty Valenzuela (Martin), David Clark (Lisa), Ida Furnish (Randy), Toni Alvillar (Martin) and Marcy Clark. Shelly also had 27 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, and 25 great-great-grandchildren.
Shelly and Joe moved to Arizona with their 8 children in 1961. Here she had the remaining 3 children. Shelly and Joe eventually made their home in Safford where they dedicated their lives to raising their children. Even after the passing of Joe, this was the heart of the family, a home filled with love, where there was always a hot meal and a cold Dr. Pepper.
Shelly loved to cook, especially red and green chili with beans and a tortilla, the hotter the better. Shelly loved to dance from a young age and still could dance the jitter bug with the best of them. She loved to get dressed up, get her hair done, and put on pretty shoes even if she wasn’t going anywhere.
Shelly married Andres Peru on September 29, 1990. Shelly and Andres spent their time traveling and visiting family until his passing.
Shelly dedicated to her life to her family. She loved everyone with her whole heart. There isn’t anything she wouldn’t have done for anyone of them. Shelly passed away peacefully December 11, 2019, at her home, the home she loved, surrounded by her family.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Marcelina was celebrated Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church by Rev. Nicodemus Shaghel. Committal followed in the Safford Cemetery.
A Rosary and prayers were offered Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 9:00 a.m., at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church led by Deacon Carl Vessels.
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Arrangements were entrusted to Vining Funeral Home.