Natalie Clayton


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Updated: Wed, 28 May 2014 03:25:08 CST






Mass of Christian Burial for Natalie Marie Clayton will be held on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the All Saints Catholic Church in Holdrege, Nebraska with Father Thomas Lux, officiating. Interment will be held at the Highland Cemetery in Bertrand, Nebraska.

Natalie Marie Clayton, 93 years of age of Loganville, Georgia and of Holdrege, Nebraska, passed away on Monday, May 26, 2014 at Holdrege Memorial Homes. She was born March 2, 1921 on the Ferry Farm near Oxford, Nebraska, the third of six children born to George V. and Natalie A. (Hays) Ferry. She was baptized at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Oxford. She received her primary education from Gosper County Dist. #25 and then attended Oxford High School for one year before graduating from Mascot High School with the class of 1939. Marie then attended Kearney Normal School where she received her teaching certificate.

She taught in two school districts including in the Tracyville and Ferry School Districts both in Gosper County.

On October 16, 1941, Marie was united in marriage to Donald Bryce Clayton of Bertrand and to this union one daughter was born, Nancy Donalene. After her husband, Donald returned from WWII, the family made their first home in Loomis, Nebraska. In 1963, the family moved to Holdrege.

Marie enjoyed being a full-time homemaker and mother. She filled any spare time with church affairs and community activities. In 1960, she began to work part-time selling Avon for over 15 years. She then was employed at the Phelps County School Superintendent’s office until her retirement in 1978.

She was known as a talented oil painter and enjoyed sewing, crocheting, ceramics, gardening, cooking and playing cards, especially Bridge and never missed a Nebraska football game if she could help it.

Marie was a member of the All Saints Catholic Church in Holdrege where she was an active member of the Altar Society and taught religious education. She was a member of the Home Builders Extension Club in Loomis and acted as 4-H Leader over the years.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; brothers: George Ferry, Edward Ferry, Robert Ferry and James Ferry; sisters-in-law: Sue Ferry, Ella Mae Ferry, Gloria Clayton and Sister Charlotte Clayton; and brothers-in-law; Bill Clayton and Roger Ebmeier.

Marie is survived by her daughter, Nancy Hurd and her husband, William of Loganville, Georgia; four grandchildren: Brian Hurd and his wife, Sherri of Conifer, Colorado, David Hurd and his wife, Rachel of Bozeman, Montana, Stephen Hurd and his wife, Elizabeth of Tampa, Florida, Jennifer Brown and her husband, Rob of Dallas, Georgia; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers: Francis Ferry and his wife, Genevieve of Meadow Vista, California, Guy Ferry and his wife, Elaine of Sunnyvale, California; two sisters-in-law: Shirley Ebmeier and Fran Ferry; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 29, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege. A Rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home.

A memorial has been established in Marie’s honor and kindly suggested to the St. Anna’s Catholic Church in Monroe, Georgia, the All Saints Catholic Church or the Holdrege Memorial Homes Foundation in Holdrege.

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The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home of Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.