88, died in Kalamazoo, Michigan on November 1, 2018 from congestive heart failure. Her loving husband for 62 years, William W. Combs, and daughters Mary Carol Combs (Amilcar Diaz) and Sarah Combs (Rich Conley) were present. Marie has two surviving sisters, Carolyn Hatcher, of Congress, Arizona and Ann Cain, of Mt. Jackson, Virginia. Marie leaves behind three grandchildren: Jamie Roderick, of New York City, Claudia Diaz-Combs, of Syracuse, New York, and Sarah Maria Diaz-Combs, of Tucson, Arizona. Marie Estelle Clark was born in Kobe, Japan, in 1930. At the time, her father, Charles A. Clark (Nelda Peck Clark), was working for the U.S. Consulate in Kobe as an entomologist. He was part of a bi-national team attempting to eradicate the European Corn-Borer (Ostrinia nubilalis), a moth that had devastating effects on the Japanese corn crop. The team introduced a native predator wasp that attacked the moth during its larval stage. During her long and creative live, Marie Combs was an accomplished artist who experimented with a variety of genres, including lithography and etching, silkscreen, quilts and handmade paper collages. A celebration of Marie's life will be held on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the common room at Western Michigan University's Walwood Hall, located on WMU's East Campus, at the intersection of Oakland Drive and Oliver Lane. We will remember Marie as a loving partner and mother, and supporter of local artists.