Shirley B Clayton of Ridgetown passed away at Victoria Hospital, London on Wednesday January 27, 2021. She was born 85 years ago, one of four children to George and Elsie (Wildblood) Spence. She is survived by her brother John Spence and her sister Marion Teskey (Al). She was predeceased by her sister Donna Underwood and her husband Jack, as well as John’s wife Marion.
One day at a Junior Farmer Field Meet in Ridgetown, Shirley met Ralph Clayton, the person she would marry and share her life with for the next sixty years. Their life’s journey took them from Ridgetown to Newmarket and back and also brought them two children who she loved dearly; Lynette Scott (Ken) and John Clayton (Micheline Lacombe). Shirley was a very proud grandmother to Carlene, Colin, Craig, Caryn and Laura Joy.
In her teen years she was active in church,4H and Junior Farmer activities before attending Normal School in London and becoming a school teacher. She taught in Glenwood, Bethel and Tilbury. Following her marriage, she devoted her life to being a very supportive wife, mother and grandmother – all bringing her a life of joy.”
It was Shirley’s wish that this stage of her life be regarded with quiet dignity, and that her family would gather together at a later date to celebrate her life. Friends wishing to remember her with a memorial donation are asked to consider the London Regional Cancer Program.