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Marilyn E. ClarkOn Friday, March 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Creative 360 will host a Yes We Can! luncheon to celebrate the life of educator, philanthropist, and volunteer extraordinaire Marilyn E. Clark. Guests will enjoy hearing and sharing stories about Marilyn along with a delicious lunch catered by Northwood University’s NADA Hotel and Conference Center. Make reservations to attend by calling 989-837-1885 no later than Monday, March 2. Space is limited. Cost is $30 for the event.

Marilyn was a devoted member of First United Methodist Church for more than 50 years. She served in many ways and was a member of the Pastor Parish Committee, head of the Memorial Committee, head of the Memorial Window Project and founder of the Friendship Lunch program. Marilyn also served the community as an active member of PEO, serving as a local and state officer; served on the board of the King’s Daughters Home; and on the Ernest R. and Martha E. Britton Scholarship Committee.

One of Marilyn’s friends shared a wonderful example of Marilyn’s philanthropic nature that resulted in the complete funding of a “tiny house” in Detroit’s Cass Community tiny house neighborhood. After providing a grant that paid for half a house, she challenged church members to donate the rest. And they did.

Marilyn was an elementary and middle school teacher, mother, homemaker and grandmother. She loved prime rib night at the Midland Country Club, a “good baked potato,” and hosting Thanksgiving dinner. She is missed by her children, Lucinda, Dan, Thomas, and Marilyn and her six grandchildren.

Remaining Yes We Can! Luncheon Soirees are scheduled on Fridays through May to honor the following people:

Mar 13: Leeds Bird (84), Educator, Entrepreneur, Performer, Veteran
Mar 20: Walter (90) & Joanne (90) Rupprecht, Community Leaders, Scientists, Volunteers
Mar 27: Zoe Club of Midland 80th Anniversary Celebration
Apr 3: Arthur C. Frock and Judith L. Frock, Community Leaders, Educators, Volunteers
Apr 17: James Kendall (92), Community Leader, Legal Counsel, Volunteer
Apr 24: Carol Coppage (81), Community Leader, Arts Administrator, Educator, Volunteer
May 1: Janet Yerby, Ph.D. (80), Author, Educator, Volunteer
May 15: Douglas Bloodgood (80), Entrepreneur, Performer, Sailor, Veteran

About Yes We Can!
Seven years ago, Creative 360 developed an innovative program designed to recognize and honor the contributions of people who are 80 and over in a way that respects their knowledge and taps into their legacy of creativity. This amazing segment of our population has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share. The Yes We Can! program gives people of all ages ongoing opportunities to engage with, and learn from, this dynamic group of senior presenters.

Since the program began in the winter of 2014, Creative 360 has celebrated more than 350 Great Lakes Bay artists, scholars, scientists, and community leaders. These octogenarians inspire everyone to be more active and to realize we can all be contributing community members at any age!

Thanks to Garber Automotive, Gavin and Associates, Janet Martineau, Northwood University’s NADA Hotel and Conference Center, and Space Studios for sponsoring this year’s program. For more information about Yes We Can!, go to Creative 360’s website at or call 989-837-1885.

If you know of someone who is (or soon will be) 80 or above and should be considered as part of future Yes We Can! programs, please contact Creative 360 at 989-837-1885 or by email at

About Creative 360
Creative 360 is celebrating 25 years as a not-for-profit community arts and wellness organization. 25 years ago, Cynthia Keefe and Linda Z. Smith founded “The Creative Spirit Center” with a vision to make creativity accessible to all. Since then, the nonprofit has become Creative 360 and welcomed countless people through its doors to express, expand and experience the creative process in all its forms. Creative 360’s mission is to create environments that allow people of all ages and abilities to experience the creative process, and to enhance physical, mental and spiritual wellness through the arts and humanities. The organization’s core values of inclusiveness, creativity, respect and community drive the culture at Creative 360. Activities at Creative 360 are supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, Midland Area Community Foundation and the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.

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