Mary Clayton

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MOUNT HOLLY - Mary Virginia Pegram Clayton, 87, passed away June 3, 2014, at Morningside As-sisted Living in Gastonia.

She was born in Guilford County, daughter of the late Alfred Gideon and Florence Daisy Hilton Pe-gram.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Winfred Giles Clayton Sr., a daughter, Jean Clarise Clayton, and 13 siblings. She served 3 years in the US Nursing Cadet Corps and was a public health nurse serving in Mecklenburg and Gaston County Schools and public healthcare in both commu-nities. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she was active in Sunday school and circle and was a member of the Joy Choir. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grand-mother.

She is survived by three children, Donna Gail Clayton of Mount Holly, W.G. Clayton Jr. of Matthews, and Jill Clayton Morton of Alexis; five grandsons, Jonathan Clayton and wife Sara of Charlotte, Zachary Clayton and wife Ashley of Plantation, Florida, Ben Clayton of Matthews, Christopher Morton of Alexis and Stephen Morton of Cambridge, Massachusetts; one great-granddaughter, Mackenzie Clayton.

A special family member Shirley Proctor Morton of Alexis. The family would like to offer special thanks to the "Bridge to Rediscovery Alzheimer's Unit," Morningside Assisted Living Gastonia.

A service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Clayton will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Kendell Cameron and the Rev. Dr. Robert Winecoff officiating.

Burial will be at Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 300 S Main Street Mount Holly, NC 28120.

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Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly, NC is serving the family.
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Published in Gaston Gazette on June 6, 2014