WESTHAMPTON - Jenna Lynn Clayton, 59, a new resident of Goshen, and longtime resident of Westhampton, died peacefully Monday, March 17, 2014.
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Born Feb. 27, 1955, in Newark, N.J., Jenna was the daughter of Ronald Clayton and Nancy Lofstedt Clayton. She was a graduate of Winchester High School, attended the University of Vermont, and graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a bachelor's degree in history.
Jenna was a unique individual with compassion, creativity, and integrity. She was a concerned environmentalist who quietly supported a number of causes such as Oxfam, Sierra Club, Mass Audubon, Safe Horizon, Appalachian Mountain Club, and People for the American Way.
Jenna enjoyed model railroading, playing guitar, cooking delicious dinners for her family, and watching old movies and television shows. Her greatest joy was her children and she delighted in their quick wit and many achievements. She had the incredible ability to be an unparalleled human global positioning system who could guide anyone out of being lost, anywhere. She loved hiking the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont and the foothills of the Berkshires. She admired the few remaining covered bridges and the simple treasures of the Connecticut valley. She lived a full and rewarding life which she referred to as "This brilliant dance…".
Jenna will be deeply missed by her two beloved daughters, Mollie Catherine di Curcio Clayton and Anna Olivia Clayton of Westhampton. She is survived by her father and her two sisters, Jan Ellen (Clayton) O'Neil and her husband David of Lexington, and Leslie Ann Clayton of Concord. As well, she leaves her sister-in-law Laura di Curcio Houston and her husband Rich Houston of Takoma Park, Md., her nieces Eva Houston and Sadie O'Neil and her nephew Sean O'Neil. Finally, she will be missed and fondly remembered by her dear friend Leslie di Curcio.
A memorial gathering will be held Sunday, May 4, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Westhampton Congregational Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the College Fund for Mollie and Anna Clayton, Florence Savings Bank, 85 Main St., Florence, MA 01062.
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Czelusniak Funeral Home
173 North Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Apr. 17, 2014