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  Lenox Time Table
Lenox, Iowa
Thursday, May 28, 1936

OBITUARY ~ JENNIE ROSE STAFFORD CLAYTON

Jennie Rose Stafford, daughter of John and Jane Stafford, was born in Erie, Perm., April 25, 1862, and died in the early morning of May 21, 1936, at her home in west Clearfield, aged 74 years and 26 days.

In early life she came with her parents to Illinois where she received her education and grew to womanhood. On Christmas day1879, she was married to Jessie (sic, should be Jesse) W. Clayton at Roseville, Ill. Shortly after their marriages they came to Iowa locating eight miles southeast of Lenox; two years later they moved to Ringgold county, where they resided until 1919, when they moved to Clearfield.

Mr. and Mrs. Clayton endured many privations of the pioneer days, that a home might be firmly established, and it was a source of great joy to them that on Dec; 25, 1929 they could celebrate their Golden Wedding.

Having watched Clearfield grow from its infancy it was their privilege to participate in its Golden Jubilee.

Thirteen children came to this home. The living are Elmer Clayton of Edgley, N. Dak., Mrs. Bertie Pointer of Detroit, Mich., John Clayton of Akron Ohio, Mrs. Ethel Porter of Des Moines, Iowa, Mrs. Jessie Williams and Mrs. Nellie Lawhead of Leon, Iowa, Arthur Clayton of Diagonal, Mrs. Emma Bailey,Charles Clayton, Mrs. Myrtle Palmer and Marie Reed of Clearfield. The husband and father died Feb. 25, 1932, an infant son and Edith Pearl died in childhood.

The news of Mrs. Clayton's death brought sorrow to her many friends, who admired her for her many beautiful traits of character. She was a faithful and consistent member of the Methodist church and it was her religion that gave her strength to bear cheerfully and patiently the sufferings of many months of illness. She was always careful to express thanks for the kind ministrations of loving hands. Being a home loving woman, her devotion to her companion, the training and care of her loved ones and the happiness of her home were her first consideration. Although frail in body she wished to live to be a comfort to and help her son Charley, who has ministered for many years to her needs. The frequent visits of her children made her happy and they helped lessen the tension of physical pain. Mrs. Ethel Porter and Mrs. Bertie Pointer spent many months in the home.

She waits to welcome in her heavenly home, besides her children, twelve grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one brother, Frank Stafford of Denver, Colo., one sister, Mrs. Ida Joss of Mack, Colo. A number of nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends also survive.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by the Rev. W. C. Henn. Interment was made in the Clearfield cemetery.

Transcription by Lorelei Rusco, January of 2012

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