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Doris Louise Clayton, 88, Knoxville
Obituaries · August 15, 2013



Doris Louise Clayton died peacefully Aug. 10, 2013, at Park Lane Memory Care in Knoxville, Iowa.

Doris was born Nov. 5, 1924, in Grimes, Iowa, and was the daughter of Ralph and Maggie Leonard. On Dec. 5, 1942, she was united in marriage to Max Conrad Clayton in Princeton, Mo. They were married 64 years.

Doris and Max raised their family on a farm near Elmore, Minn. Doris always worked alongside Max, helping in the field and with the chores. Doris’ family was always the most important part of her life. She was a wonderful cook and seamstress, teaching her daughters how to sew. Doris could make the most mundane work seem like fun by singing songs and playing games. Doris loved to make quilts, making over 100 full-sized ones, as well as many baby quilts. It has been said that the quilts were really warm since they had been made with so much love!

In 1970, Doris and Max moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where she worked at Herberger Fabrics and Continental Western Insurance Company. They moved to Adel, Iowa, in 1980, where she worked at Ben Franklin. In 2007, they moved to Knoxville, Iowa.

Doris is survived by her daughters, Maxine (Max) Wensel of Knoxville, Iowa, Linda (Denny) Larsen of Harrison, Ark.; son, Jerry (Lynn) Clayton of West Branch, Iowa; grandchildren, Jason (Melissa) Clayton, Jeremy (Kelly) Clayton, Lisa Starr, Kris (Andy) VanDyne, Lori (Paul) Smith, Tammy Coffman; 14 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; two brothers; and two sisters.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Max; an infant son; grandsons Jim Coffman and Justin Clayton; and three brothers and three sisters.

Services are pending at McCalley Funeral Home in Adel, Iowa.

Memorial contributions may be made in Doris’ memory to Park Lane Memory Care or The Compassionate Friends.

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