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M. Charlotte Clayton


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M. Charlotte Clayton Obituary




Townshend - Martha Charlotte Clayton of Townshend, VT died December 5, 2016 while in hospice care at Grace Cottage Hospital, following extending illnesses of this past year.

Charlotte was born Oct. 30, 1929 at her parents' village home. Her son, Dwaine Walter Clayton, along with his wife, Paula, became her attentive caregivers and also lived with her.

Her parents, Martha and Charlie Steiner, her beloved husband, Raymond, her daughter, Charlene, her grandson, Bartholomew Clayton and brother-in- law, Walter Tarbell predecease Charlotte. She is survived by two siblings; a sister, Rose-Marie Tarbell-Lyman (husband Ona Lyman) and a brother, Carl Steiner, (wife Eloise Steiner). Additionally, she leaves five grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

While in high school and after, she worked at Robinson's IGA Store and for several other of the owners. She helped care for Bob Kearley while his wife, Martha, ran the oil business. Also, Charlotte worked in the kitchen at Grace Cottage Hospital. Another role in her life was to be bookkeeper and helper in her husband Raymond's house painting and building business. Charlotte and Raymond loved to cook and can foods together. They even ran a small antique shop in their railroad depot building. Charlotte met Raymond at a Hunters' dance held at the Townshend Town Hall. As a vibrant young couple, they and friends joined a western square dance club held in the Valley. Raymond was a Mason and Charlotte belonged to the Eastern Star.

LGS (Leland & Grey School) was important to her; she graduated June 1948 and was an active member to that class. She went to all the girls' team basketball games as a coach and team member helper. Post grad activities included yearly float building for the alumni parades. Charlotte and Raymond were avid horse pulling fans, following the Joe Danjelski teams. With their children attending LGS, Charlotte and Raymond followed their son, Dwaine, in basketball seasons and finally to the State Championship winning play-off.

Charlotte loved doing for others. She solicited sandwiches for the local Red Cross blood drawings, and foods for the annual Grace Cottage Fair Day. She was unselfishly giving to neighbors, family, and friends. She was an up-with- it smiling, ready to do and go gal. She would anxiously await winter to enjoy her love of snowmobiling. She and her sister enjoyed the Harris Hill yearly ski jumping event in Brattleboro. Her trips to Island Pond also gave her great pleasure. The only acceptable music for listening was country western. Charlotte co-parented her sister's two children, Sabrina and Otto, while their mom was working. Charlotte had many fans of her home made chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies on Halloween nights along with fans of her Custard Pies and Upside-Down Cakes during other special times. She enjoyed watching her daughter, Charlene create costumes for herself and son, Zak, on those Halloween nights. Her sweet and caring demeanor, and "GET OUT AND DO SOMETHING FOR PETE's SAKE" attitude, will be dearly missed.

SERVICES: A graveside committal service will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Townshend Friday at 2:00 p.m. with Dr. Robert Backus officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to Grace Cottage Hospital, PO Box 216, Townshend, VT 05353.

To sign an online guestbook with messages of condolence please visit www.atamaniuk.com

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Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Dec. 8, 2016
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