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Mary Williams - May 02, 2013


Mary E. Reh­feld (Clay) Williams died at her home in Wheatland, Mo., on May 2. Mary was born to August and Mary Rehfeld on July 11, 1915, in Holyoke.

She attended Phillips County High School and graduated in 1933. After graduating, she moved to Denver, where she met and married Henry L. Clay in 1938. Mary and Henry lived in Denver, later moving to Springfield, Ill., and then relocating to Holyoke in 1947. They had four children.

Henry Clay died as the result of a car accident in 1960. Mary was working at the American Legion Club at the time and later became manager of the club, where she worked until 1971.

Mary married John A. Williams in 1971. John and Mary moved to Wheatland in 1974, where they built their dream home on a peaceful country road. They enjoyed raising cattle, gardening, playing cards and frequently entertaining their grandchildren.

Mary was known for cooking, baking, canning and playing Scrabble. Mary loved words and worked crossword puzzles as a hobby.

John Williams died in 1995. Mary continued to live in the home they loved so much, even though independence became more difficult as she got older.

Mary was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Humansville, Mo.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and four siblings, Arnold Rehfeld, Alfred Rehfeld, Victor Rehfeld and Winifred Lindsay.

She is survived by one sibling, Ardis Kelly of Delta; children, Allan T. Clay of Lakewood, Mary K. Vyrostek of Wheatland, Cheryl Silletto of Aurora and Vicky Stapleton of Holyoke; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Mary was a person who, in spite of physical challenges, had a clear and active mind until the last few weeks of her life. She appreciated simple things and valued family and her faith. She will be greatly missed.

A graveside service was held in Holyoke on May 10 with a luncheon and fellowship following at Zion Lutheran Church. There will be a memorial service for Mary at the Humansville Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on June 1.