ST. LOUIS - Carole W. Clayton, 69, died at 12:45 a.m. March 30, 2004, at the Life Care Center in St. Louis following a brief illness.
Born Aug. 12, 1934, in Breakbell, Ark., daughter of the late Lawrence Clayton Wilson and Cathran Irene McCord Wilson, she graduated in 1951 from Charleston High School.
During her lifetime, Mrs. Clayton was active in many civic events. She was founder of Sing Out Sikeston!, member of the Sikeston Community Choir, a Girl Scout troop leader and participated in United Way campaigns for many years. She also performed in numerous lead roles for the Sikeston Little Theater and directed the musical, "Oliver," in 1970.
Active in the Church of Christ and the First Christian Church in Sikeston for many years, she was a current member of the Overland Church of Christ in St. Louis. She had been an advertising representative for the Southeast Missourian in Cape Girardeau and was a real estate agent for ERA Cape Realty at the time of her death.
She had owned and operated a children's clothing shop named Carole's Fashions in Sikeston and later started Magnolia's Bakery, which was a small bakery and lunch shop. Along with Richard and Jerry Kinder, she opened the Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge in Cape Girardeau where she had served as the first food and beverage director. Mrs. Clayton later worked for Mid America Hotels at the Cape Girardeau Holiday Inn before joining corporate Holiday Inn, where she served in several capacities in the St. Louis area. During her extensive career as a food and beverage director, she managed the Charleston, Sikeston and Cape Girardeau Country Clubs.
Survivors include: three children and one daughter-in-law, Lee Clayton McMurray, Judy Clayton Wiese, David Wayne Clayton and Sheila Kay Clayton of St. Louis; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Glendon Lavalle and Vauda Wilson of Memphis, Tenn., and Louis Calvin and Beni Wilson of Little Rock; three grandchildren Christopher David Wiese, Madeleine Ann McMurray and Jessica Dawn Little of St. Louis; and one great-granddaughter, Grace Elizabeth Moore.
Although her beautiful singing voice is not now audible to us, it is not forgotten. She was a great mother, great grandmother and great friend to many. We miss you, Mom, but God has called you home. We look forward to the day when we will meet again.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel in Cape Girardeau, where services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Dennis Lowe will officiate.
Burial will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston.
Memorial contributions may be sent to:
the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation 1440 W. Washington Chicago, IL 60607