Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Former PM Helen Clark's mother dies


Margaret Clark
Timaru Herald
PEACEFUL PASSING: Margaret Clark died in Tauranga with her daughter, former prime minister Helen Clark, at her hospital bedside.

Former prime Minister Helen Clark's mum has died.

Irish born Margaret Clark, nee McMurray, 87, died in Tauranga Hospital this morning.

She had been a primary school teacher and is survived by her husband, George, and four daughters.

A spokesman for Ms Clark said she was with her mother when she ''passed away peacefully" early this morning.

Former Labour MP and friend Chris Carter said Ms Clark had been back in New Zealand because her mother had been unwell for several weeks.

He said she had suffered from pneumonia.

Ms Clark had been by her mother's side the entire time she had been back in New Zealand, except for a short trip to Oamaru, he said.

Her funeral will be held in Waihi on Monday but the time was yet to be announced.

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