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Ruby Dee Clay

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LABELLE, Mo. -- Ruby Dee Clay, 96, of LaBelle, died Monday (May 13, 2013) at the LaBelle Manor Care Center.

Born Feb. 7, 1917 near Taylor, she was a daughter of Arthur William"Doc" and Luella Hendreds Manley. She was married Otto S. "Toad" Clay on Sept. 6, 1934, at Monticello. He died on Aug. 11, 1979. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and 11 brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Clay was a longtime resident of Lewis County. She was employed at Prairie View Nursing Home near Lewistown in the laundry department, which she thoroughly enjoyed. While residing in Quincy, Ill., she worked through the Green Thumb program.

Ruby was an active member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church in LaBelle. She sang in the adult choir, played the piano for a short time, and was active in every area of the church.

Ruby was an avid gardener blessed with a green thumb, especially with flowers. She was excellent at baking and was known for her rolls and pies, especially her lemon pies. Ruby had a love for life and was a very active woman who loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with all her heart.

Surviving are two daughters, Ottie Lewis and her husband, Roy, of LaBelle, and Ruby Lynn Miller of Macomb, Ill.; six grandchildren, Rochelle Milsap and her husband, Michael, of Quincy, Roy "Lee" Lewis Jr. Ashley of Quincy, Tylan Clay and Trista of Fairfield, Iowa, Brandon Clay of the Quad Cities, Anthony Lewis and his wife, Monica, of Quincy, and Randall Lewis and his wife, Donyale, of Houston; and 12 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters; Blanche Jones of the Bronx, N.Y., and Veta Mae Stewart of Fort Madison, Iowa; a brother-in-law, Graville Clay and his wife, Francis, of Quincy; two sisters-in-law, Irene McGruder of LaBelle and Golda Manley of Quincy; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

SERVICES: 1 p.m. Saturday at the Coder Funeral Chapel in LaBelle, with Pastor James Salter officiating. Burial will be in the LaBelle Cemetery at LaBelle.

VISITATION: Noon until the services Saturday at the funeral chapel.

MEMORIALS: Mount Olive Baptist Church. The memorials may be left at or mailed to Coder Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 151, LaBelle, MO 63447.

ARRANGEMENTS: Coder Funeral Chapel, LaBelle.

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from May 16 to May 18, 2013
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