CLAYTON, GAYLE E. Gayle E. Clayton, 75, of Dallas, GA, went to sing with the angel choir in heaven on Sunday, December 15, 2013, after a long battle with cancer. Born July 20, 1938, in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of the late Theodore S. Engborg and Catherine D. Engborg. She grew up in Old Greenwich, CT, and graduated from Greenwich High School. She married Oliver W. Ford, Jr., on June 1, 1957, and eventually settled in East Haddam, CT, and raised four children and several foster children. She volunteered at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, worked in the church nursery school, and sang in the choir. She also was a school bus driver. Later she moved to Haddam, CT, met and later married William T. Clayton. She was active in the First Congregational Church in Deep River, CT, worked at Susan Bates (manufacturer of knitting needles) for many years before working for Clinton Nurseries. She moved to Dallas, GA in 2010 and has been active in the Dallas First United Methodist Church. Gayle is best remembered for her beautiful singing voice, her green thumb, her love of birds, and helping those in need. She is survived by her daughter Karen Ford of Hadlyme, CT, sons Jonathan Ford and Douglas Ford, both of Manchester, CT, and grandchildren Caroline Hamlin and Thomas Hamlin. She was predeceased by daughter Bonnie Sue Ford in 2011. She is also survived by her sisters Pat Bolan of Knoxville, TN, Katie Smith of East Helena, MT, and her brother Ted Engborg of Denver, NC, as well as many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at Dallas First United Methodist Church, 141 E Memorial Dr, Dallas, GA, Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the
. A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church in Deep River, CT, at a later date. Please join the family in honoring her life by visiting www.jeffeberhartfuneralhome.com to sign the register book and share a memory.
Published in middletownpress on Dec. 19, 2013