Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on May 8, 2015
MARY ANN SHOLS 1924 - 2015
Mary Ann Clark Shols, 91, of Chico, CA passed away peacefully
Thurs-day, April 30, 2015.
She was born in Chillicothe, Ohio, on January 12, 1924 to
Kallista Kathe Clark and Willis Robison Clark.
She was raised partially in Ohio with her extend-ed family, but
grew up in Washington, DC She graduated from Western High School in
Washing-ton, DC in 1941. Mary Ann then went on to Duke University, from which she
matriculated in 1945 with a BA degree in Sociology. While at Duke she sang in the
famed Duke Chapel and was a member of Kappa Delta sorority.
Mary Ann returned to Washington DC to begin a career in retailing. She was the first
female college graduate to be employed by Woodward & Lothrop, Washington, D.C.'s
first department store. She also spent time as an employee of Garfinckel's department
store in Washington, DC. As an assistant buyer in hats and accessories, she would travel
by train to New York City, for the wholesale marketing shows.
She lived with her mother until Kallista passed away in 1954.
It was early in 1956 that Mary Ann met Dr. Glen Shols, a Captain in the Air Force. They
wed September 15th, 1956, spent 6 weeks in Savannah, GA while Glen was discharged
from the Air Force and then proceeded to travel across country to San Francisco, CA
where Glen entered his Urology residency program at Ft. Miley. Mary Ann worked as a
telephone operator for AT&T to help pay the bills. Mary Ann's father, Willis Clark followed
them to San Francisco with his black standard poodle, Tony. Mary Ann then acquired
Cherie, another standard poodle, who subsequently had puppies with Tony. Her aunt
Alma Smith, adopted the only female puppy, naming her Gypsy, as she traveled with
Alma back and forth from the East coast to the West coast.
In 1959, Mary Ann and Glen moved to Chico where Glen started his Urology practice. Her
father Willis and Tony also came along. They adopted their son, Christopher, in July of
that same year. Their daughter, Stacey, was adopted in 1960. Eventually Aunt Alma and
Gypsy moved to Chico also. While raising her children Mary Ann was involved in various
community activities. She was a member of Rock-a-Bye - an adoption support
organization; she was one of the first volunteers at Enloe Hospital where she worked the
floors, and also help start and run the gift shop. Mary Ann instigated the removal of the
sale of cigarettes in the gift shop. In the early 1980's Mary Ann reorganized the gift shop
and again did the buying for the shop. Mary Ann was an active participant in the PTA at
Neal Dow Elementary School and Chico Junior High School.
She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Omega Nu and PEO.
She also enjoyed playing bridge with her friends. After being confirmed in the National
Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Mary Ann and Glen joined St. David's Episcopal Church in
Chico. She was active in many church activities, including ECW, and other fundraising
events. Mary Ann was a first in many things. This time she was the first woman elected to
St. David's vestry, where she helped oversee the joining of St. David's and St. John the
Evangelist's parishes and the construction of the new St. John's church. She also served
on the vestry at St. Michael and All Angels parish in Ft. Bragg, CA.
Mary Ann loved the cool weather of the coast, and for 12 years she and Glen lived in
Mendocino, CA. They returned to Chico for better access to medical care in their later
Mary Ann and Glen loved to travel and often went with friends. In later years they took to
luxury cruises, traveling the inland passage to Alaska, through the Panama Canal and
across the Atlantic on separate trips, experiencing both the Queen Elizabeth and Queen
Mary 2. Though she lived in California Mary Ann always loved the East Coast where she
grew up. Williamsburg, VA was always special to her as was her love of antiques. She
spent many an hour doing needlepoint, creating pictures, pillows, and chair seats as well
as the red kneelers for St. John's church.
Mary Ann passed down her love of Duke University (especially the Blue Devil Basketball
team) to her children.
Mary Ann Clark Shols is survived by son Christopher Brian Shols, his wife Hahn Bui
Shols, granddaughters Erika Hahn Shols and Rebeka Christine Shols; daughter Stacey
Shols Watts, her husband Milton Bruce Watts and granddaughter Calista Alison Shols
She was preceded in death by her husband Glen William Shols, MD, her parents Kallista
and Willis Clark, and her aunt Alma Smith.
Donations to honor Mary Ann's life may be made to: the Washington National Cathedral,
Attn: Development Office, 3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20016-5098 or to:
The Colonial Williamsburg Fund, Post Office Box 1776, Williamsburg, Virginia