Susanna Clark, a noted songwriter and painter, died earlier this week after a long illness, a spokesperson confirmed Thursday (June 28). Her husband, songwriter Guy Clark, said she passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Nashville on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. She was 73.
She was born on March 11, 1939, in Atlanta, Texas. She met Guy Clark in Oklahoma City in 1969 and moved to Nashville with him in the fall of 1971. They married on songwriter Mickey Newbury’s houseboat in 1972. Together they cultivated friendships with songwriters like Rodney Crowell and Townes Van Zandt.
Her songwriting credits include Kathy Mattea’s “Come From the Heart,” a No. 1 country hit in 1989. In addition, the bittersweet ballad “Easy From Now On” has been recorded by her co-writer Carlene Carter as well as Terri Clark, Emmylou Harris and Miranda Lambert.
One of her paintings was used as the cover of Willie Nelson’s classic 1978 album, Stardust, as well as Harris’ 1978 album, Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town. Her painting of Guy Clark was included on the sleeve of his enduring 1975 album, Old No. 1.
Susanna Clark did not want a funeral or memorial service, and her wishes will be respected.