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Obituary: Thea D. Clayton

1916 ~ 2004

Thea Clayton left this world in peace on October 3, 2004. She was a very loving, kind and generous woman and was admired and respected by all who knew her. She was always happy and could find good in everyone and everything. She will be missed by all who knew her and will remain in our thoughts and prayers forever.

Born January 5, 1916 in Cowley, Wyoming to Evelyn Eyre and Archie Duncan. Graduated from West High School and LDS Business College. Married Elmo Clayton July 26, 1934.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1966, her infant son, Elmo Jr., in 1954 and her grandson, Jon Bell. She never remarried because she said that Elmo was her only true love. She is survived by her sister, Hazel McGhie, her three daughters, Diane Clayton, Judith Altieri, and Jan Marquez, her three grandchildren, James L. Bell, Joel Bell, and Jessica LeFebvre, and six great-grandchildren.

Thea was a homemaker until she was 48 when she attended LDS Business College. While she was attending school, her husband passed away but she supported herself until she graduated in 1966. She worked in the University of Utah Library until she retired at age 80. She was active in the LDS Church where she taught Primary, Sunday School, and Relief Society and served as Primary President for many years. She was a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. A group of widows in her LDS Ward formed a Circle of Friends and got together every week for "family home evening" for many years. She loved to camp, fish and hunt. She also loved to travel and would go on a trip at the drop of a hat. She traveled to Hawaii, Mexico, Guatemala, and all over the U.S. Her most memorable trip was a cruise to the Orient. In later years she visited her daughter on the Oregon coast where she loved to watch the ocean and walk on the beach.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, October 9, 2004 at the LDS Ward on 2700 South and Main Street in South Salt Lake. A viewing will be held one hour prior to service at the church where friends and family may call. Interment will follow at Salt Lake City Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband and infant son. Arrangements by SereniCare, Funeral Directors.