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Sherry Ann (Young) Clay, 66, of Lexington, Missouri, passed away on Friday, September 23, 2022, at Riverview Nursing Center in Mokane, Missouri.
A private graveside service will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at the Machpelah Cemetery in Lexington, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Schizophrenia International Research Society and may be left in care of Walker-Nadler-Fuller Funeral Home, 1720 South Street, Lexington, Missouri, 64067, 660-259-2245. Memories of Sherry and condolences for her family may be left at www.LedfordFamilyFH.com or on our Facebook Page.
Sherry was born on February 8, 1956, to Floyd Tanner “Cotton” and Evelyn Jane “Bunny” (Welch) Young, in Lexington, Missouri. Before graduating from Lexington High School, she was united in marriage to her high-school sweetheart, Johnnie Wayne Clay, on February 24, 1974, in Lexington, Missouri. He preceded her in death on June 16, 2019. The two were inseparable and not afraid to show their love and affection for each other. On October 18, 1978, their love welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world, that would change their lives forever. From that day forward, Sherry decided to leave the work field to devote her everyday life to that child, with eventually welcoming two more beautiful daughters. While Johnnie worked the night shift to make ends meet, she stayed busy making sure that “the girls” were fed homemade meals throughout the day, teaching them how to read, write, garden, cook, sew, and play every card and board game in the house, before each of her girls were age four. Sherry taught her girls to be independent alongside with being proud of living a simple, yet happy life.
In 1991, Sherry was diagnosed with Schizophrenia, and once more, their lives would be changed forever.
Survivors include, three daughters, Chandy Clay (Jay Morton) of Odessa, Missouri, Cindy Morton (Chris) of Lexington, Missouri, and Carissa Clay of Chillicothe, Missouri; six granddaughters, Kirstlyn Petray (Dylan Nelson) of Odessa, MO, Kaylinae Hansen (Josh Richmond) of Odessa, MO, Kendalese Hansen of Odessa, MO, Kloiessa Hansen of Odessa, MO, Kwinlynn Morton of Odessa, MO, and Tannalee Clay of Lexington, MO; one grandson, Colton Watkins, of Richmond, MO; and several nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
In addition to her husband and parents, Sherry was preceded in death by a brother, Brian Young; and a sister, Rhonda Young.
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