Clayton, Marie (Mamie) Hardee (King) (October 26, 1885 - January 11, 1972)

Mamie Clayton Laid to rest

Jan. 14

Douglas Budget - January 20, 1972

Final rites for Mrs. Ernest M. (Mamie)Clayton were held Friday, January 14 at Christ Episcopal Church with the Rev. Stuart Cowles officiating. Burial was in Douglas Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers were William Gentle, Fritz Roush, Bud Turner, Ben Burnett, Bill Townsend, and Russell Rohlff. Honorary pallbearers were Buster Goodrich, Jim Mardsen, Ben LeVasseur, Beef Bolln, Bill Canaday, and Cecil Stark.

A well-known long time resident of Douglas, Mrs. Clayton died January 11 at Converse County Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. She was 86 years old.

Mamie Hardee King was born in Dallas, Texas October 26, 1885 to Clifford A. and Marie Elizabeth Hardee King. She was the only girl in a family of five brothers all of whom preceded her in death.

The family went to Colorado when she was an infant and she grew up in Idaho Springs, Colo. where she attended school . After the death of her mother she attended Wolfe Hall, a boarding school in Denver, and later taught at Chicago Creek School at Idaho Springs.

On June 2, 1909 at St. John's Chapter House in Denver she was united in marriage with Ernest Mayer Clayton.

The Claytons then moved to Montana where they proved up on a homestead near Lewiston and later lived in Miami, Arizona; Leadville and Denver, Colorado prior to coming to Wyoming 55 years ago. They also proved up on a homestead north of Douglas.

A charming and kind woman who never lost her beauty, Mrs. Clayton was active in social, fraternal and church circles. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, the Afternoon Card Club, Douglas Country Club. Flying Needle Club, Women of the Moose and Neighbors of Woodcraft. Years ago, Mrs. Clayton set up a photographer's dark room in her home, developing films and making prints for the two local drug stores at the time-Goodrich's and Steffen's.

She was instrumental in getting a Kindergarten resumed in Douglas in the late 1930's after the town had been without one during the Depression years. She also taught Sunday School at Christ Church for many years.

Among her many talents, Mrs. Clayton was known for her excellent home-made bread which she shared on numerous occasions with friends and acquaintances. She also will be remembered for her kindnesses-including giving encouragement to persons when they seemed to need it the most.

Mrs. Clayton is survived by three daughters-Mrs. Don (Virginia) Marmaduke of Denver; Mrs. Vern (Edith)Knisely and Mrs. Albert (Mary) Clough, both of Douglas; eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. A son, John, was lost at sea during World War II. Her husband died in May, 1958.

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