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OBITUARY - LEAH (DRAKE) KEMERY CLAYTON

Funeral Services for Leah KEMERY CLAYTON, age 88 of Blockton who died Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Corning were held Saturday, April 22, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Blockton Christian Church. Leah was cremated following the services and interment of ashes will be held in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Blockton at a later date. Memorials can be given in Leah's name. Please leave a message of tribute to the KEMERY/CLAYTON family on our web page, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Leah KEMERY CLAYTON was born July 18, 1917, on the family farm northeast of Blockton, the daughter of Georgia (STEPHENSON) DRAKE and Elbert Drake. She grew up attending country school, along with her older sister and brother, Lavona and Bert. She graduated from the Blockton High School with the Class of 1935. In the fall of 1936, she was united in marriage to her "first love" Clyde KEMERY. To this loving union Jerry Gene and Wayne Keith were born. Always the ardent fans, she and Clyde attended all the sporting events the boys participated in as their most devoted fans. Leah was even known to make cinnamon rolls to sell at the concession stand at home basketball games. At the age of 51, Leah was a widow as a result of Clyde's sudden death. She continued to run "KEMERY Blacksmith & Welding Shop" until her retirement.

In 1987, she was united in marriage to her "second love" Louis CLAYTON and they made their home at Louis's farm home south of Blockton. From day one, Leah was treated as "mom and grandma" by Louis's family. With the families joined, Leah and Louis shared three children and their spouses, six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Leah and Louis enjoyed several trips until Leah's health made it necessary for them to remain close to home.

After suffering from several falls and small strokes, Leah depended more and more on Louis. Louis was an excellent caregiver, but due to his heart surgery in December of 2003, Leah decided to enter the Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center. Here, Leah had a new "family". She immediately fit in and was soon a favorite with her sense of humor and non-complaining way. It was at this time she met her best friend, Shirley WEIR. Leah soon found out she had her own Guardian Angel, Shirley, who became her legs, her mentor and companion. Together they spent many evenings watching "Wheel of Fortune" and "Texas Ranger". Right up to the time of Leah's death, Shirley was always there for her. Following a severe heart attack and complications, Leah passed away on April 19, 2006 at the Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Corning, Iowa.

Left to cherish Leah's memory are her loving husband Louis CLAYTON of Blockton; sons, Jerry KEMERY and wife Karen, and Wayne KEMERY and wife Pat of Blockton ; step-daughter, Sue BEEMER and husband Paul of Maryville, Missouri; grandchildren, Kathy and Scott COULTER of Maryville; Mike and Donna KEMERY of Clearfield; Marilyn MILLER of Hopkins; Debbie and Bill LYNCH of Redding; Deb and James BONDE of Blockton; Jim and Johnna BEEMER of Maryville; great-grandchildren, Nick RUCKER and Taylor MILLER; Cody and Kaylee COULTER; Kati, Erica and Christopher KEMERY; Cole and Callyn BONDE; Dakota and Hailee BEEMER; Zach and Taylor LYNCH; a sister-in-law, Kathleen DRAKE of Blockton; a niece, Linda THEIELEN of Las Vegas, Nevada; nephews, Larry LINES of North Carolina; and Earl DRAKE of Blockton; and a special cousin, Patty LARCERI of Vero Beach, Florida.

Preceding Leah in death are her first husband, Clyde KEMERY in 1969; a granddaughter, Connie KEMERY in 1977; her parents, Georgia and Elbert DRAKE; a sister and brother-in-law, Lavona and Joe LINES; a brother and sister-in-law, Bert and Gwendolyn DRAKE; and a nephew Don DRAKE.

May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn Leah's passing.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, December, 2008

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