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Sharon McGuire Clark, 73, worked as a mental health counselor

Sharon McGuire Clark

WILMINGTON — Sharon McGuire Clark, 73, died Saturday morning, April 29, 2017, in Wilmington, N.C., after a long illness.

Sharon grew up in Richmond, Ind., and graduated from Richmond High School in 1961. She then earned an Indiana University Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1967. She worked as a mental health counselor in West Virginia in both private and public agencies before returning to Indiana in 1992.

From 1992 to 2004, Sharon developed the first Employee Assistance Program at Reid Hospital in Richmond. She counseled in that position until she retired in 2004 due to Parkinson’s Disease limitations. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the National Organization of Social Workers and National Parkinson’s Foundation.

Survivors include her son, Ryan McGuire, and his wife, Casey, of Wilmington, N.C.; sister, Eleanor Oberle, and her family, of Richmond, Ind.; stepdaughter and her husband, Marcie and Bill Houghton and their family of Economy, Ind..

There will be a celebration of life held from 2 to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 7, at the First Presbyterian Church Parlor Room, 100 N. 10th St., Richmond, Ind.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Ave. Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136-1494; or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY, 10163.

Please share memories and condolences with the family at wilmingtoncares.com.

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