Floretta Ellen Clay, age 88, of LaBelle, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in the Lewis County Nursing Home in Canton, Missouri.
She was born July 23, 1927, at Monticello, Missouri, the daughter of Charles and Idabelle Hazelwood Tate.
She united in marriage with Harold Clay, Sr. on January 1, 1950, at Canton, Missouri, and he preceded her in death on May 25, 2000. Floretta was also preceded in death by her parents, one son David Wayne Clay and two daughters Lori Ann Clay and Gracie Jean Smith, one granddaughter Rose Smith, two grandsons, Freddrick Jr. Smith and Roy Lee Clay, three great grandsons, Nathaniel, Wesley and Shannon Clay, one great-great grandson, Da’dn Smith, and two great-great granddaughters, Faith Clay and Nyla Clay, two sisters, Wilma Miller and Mary Tate and one brother George Dade.
Surviving are five daughters, Dianne Kay Clay of LaBelle, MO, Ella Clay and Roy of LaBelle, MO, Reba Sharp of LaBelle, MO, Charlene Colman of LaBelle, MO, and Mildred Clay and David of Canton, MO, four sons, Harold Clay, Jr. and Cindy of Bettendorf, IA, Virgil Clay and Hattie of Springfield, IL, Larry Clay and Sandra of Keokuk, IA, and Wilbert Clay and Christine of Palmyra, MO, numerous grandchildren (last count 329), three sisters Louise Orange and Delores Weathers both of Canton, MO and Martha Washington of Peoria, IL, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Floretta received her education in Lewis County. She had been employed at Agnes Café and Parrish Place Motel in LaBelle, MO and worked for several years as a CNA at Prairie View Nursing Home (now Country Aire Retirement Estates). Floretta never met a stranger. She enjoyed sewing, baby sitting, cooking, picnics and spending time with her grandkids. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, August 6, 2015, in the Coder Funeral Chapel in LaBelle, MO. Burial will be in the LaBelle Cemetery. Pastor James Salter will officiate the services. Casket bearers will be Lorenzo Clay, David Clay, David C. Clay, Cory Tournear, Josh Clay and Gerald Smith. Honorary bearers will be Shawn Clay, Douglas clay, Malique Clay and Dana Parrish. Memorials are suggested to the Floretta Clay Family. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Coder Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 151, LaBelle, MO, 63447.