Guelda Fay Muñoz Clark
Guelda Fay Muñoz Clark, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully at the age of 83 on October 7, 2019, in her home in Covington surrounded by her loving husband of 62 years, Dr. Robert Joseph Clark, Sr., and her 6 children.
Guelda was born in La Ceiba, Honduras to the late James and Hulda Muñoz where her father was an accountant for Standard Fruit Company and an agent for Lloyd’s of London. She came to America at the young age of 13. After graduating from Campbell High School in Smyrna, GA., Guelda moved to New Orleans and started her career at Whitney National Bank. She later became the executive assistant to the President of D.H. Holmes Department Stores while attending night school at Loyola University majoring in pre-law. In 1957, she married the love of her life, Dr. Robert Joseph Clark, D.D.S. Together they welcomed six children into their lives.
Until her retirement in 2015, Guelda worked for 35 years in the family dental practice as a bookkeeper and office manager at Clark Family Dentistry in Mandeville, LA with her husband Dr. Bob, and her son Dr. Paul. Guelda was previously an active member of Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church, New Orleans Ladies Dental Auxiliary, and a longtime friend and volunteer at St. Joseph Abbey in Covington, LA.
She is preceded in death by her parents James and Hulda, her brothers James Jr. and John, and her first grandchild Jacob Michael Schroeder.
She is survived by her husband Bob, her children: Fr. Matthew Robert Clark, O.S.B., Catherine Clark Schroeder (Rick), Dr. Paul Albert Clark, D.D.S. (Sandi), Teresa Clark Krutzfeldt (Matthew), James Vincent Clark, and Mark Christopher Clark (Elizabeth); 14 grandchildren: Jonathan (Diana), Jason (Kelly), and Catherine Schroeder, Veronica, Luke and Zachary Clark, Drew Bennet, Matthew, Elizabeth and Caroline Krutzfeldt, Ashleigh Claiborne, Brittany, Trevor, and Tyler (Mallory) Krutzfeldt; and three 3 great grandchildren: Oliver and Bruno Schroeder, and Zoie Winzer; her siblings: Grace Wilson (Jack), Carl Muñoz (Audrey), Penny Wickboldt (Frank), Alan Muñoz (Kathleen), and numerous nieces and nephews.
Throughout her life, Guelda worked tirelessly in the role of grandmother, mother and friend to many people. Always caring for her home in a special way, she also was a naturalist who fed birds and deer in her lovely garden. She had the gift of counsel and people sought her out for advice. Guelda welcomed their concerns with open arms. She will be missed by all who loved this brilliant and beautiful woman.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Joseph Abbey Church on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2:00pm in the Abbey Church. Interment in St. Joseph Abbey Cemetery.
Guelda’s family wishes to thank the staff at Passages Hospice who have assisted the family during Guelda’s illness.
Donations in Guelda’s name may be made to St. Joseph Abbey in Covington, LA at this link www.saintjosephabbey.com/clark