|Mrs. R. L. Clayton died on March 21, 1971, three years after the death of her husband, the Rev. R. L. Clayton. She was in Cedarpines Park, California living near her daughter, Mrs. J. R. Thomas, when death quietly overtook her. For several years she had lived with illness and pain, but throughout the time she kept her sweet smile and gentle demeanor. Now she lives in that dimension of life where pain and sorrow are no more, and complete and final fulfillment of creation is granted.
She was Mary Maude Leech before she married her husband in New Orleans in 1922. They had forty-six years of happiness together, as they shared the joys of rearing a family and building the kingdom of God in the work of the Methodist ministry.
Mrs. Clayton was never willing to stop growing spiritually and intellectually; she took her Bachelor of Arts degree at Louisiana Tech in 1936, and later received her Master of Arts degree in English at Louisiana State University. She was an able and interesting conversationalist, discussion leader, and valued worker in every church to which her husband was appointed. Her smile was always quick to appear, and optimism about all things encouraged those who might have been tinged with some despair about life’s usual or unusual vicissitudes. This writer remembers being encouraged by this very train in her personality.
She leaves a daughter, Mrs. J. R. Thomas, of Cedarpines Park, California, and one son, the Rev. R. L. Clayton, Jr., a Methodist minister in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A sister, Mrs. V. H. Bray, also survives her. She leaves five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted by Dr. B. C. Taylor, and burial was beside her husband in Forest Park Cemetery, Shreveport, Louisiana.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1971; p. 197 By Ralph Cain|