A well-known figure around the Bee County Courthouse for many years, Clark had worked with Margie Carter and had served as her deputy before running for the office and being elected.
“I had the privilege of working for Sandra from January 1998 until December 2006,” said current District Court Clerk Zenaida Silva.
“She was a pleasure to work for. Sandra loved to stay current with modern technology and was always looking for ways to move the office forward. She loved her job and her county. There was nothing she wouldn’t do to help the people in it.”
“Sandra was my friend and mentor,” Silva said. “We often referred to ourselves as Lucy and Ethel from the ‘I Love Lucy’ show. There was nothing we couldn’t do together.”
“I thought a lot of Sandra,” said Bill Lazenby. He got to know Clark during his years as a detective with the Beeville Police Department and later as police chief.
“She always treated us police officers with respect,” Lazenby said. “I always thought she was a real good person. I never heard a bad thing about her.”
Adolfo “Butch” Cardenas knew Clark well during the years he covered district court for the Bee-Picayune during the early 1990s.
“I had the great pleasure of knowing and working with Sandra when she was the district court clerk,” Cardenas said.
“Ever the stickler for rules and regulations, she was always quick to point out what was available in the way of public documents and what was not.”
“However, amid this stoic professionalism, she was a very pleasant person to know and always had a great attitude that made my job a lot easier with respect to garnering information for my news reports,” Cardenas said.
The former reporter said he is sure there is sadness in the district clerk’s office and in Beeville.
“But this should also be a time for celebrating the life of the wonderful and caring person Sandra was. Without a doubt, our loss is heaven’s gain,” Cardenas said.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5220, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.