MARIA ROSA "MAROCHA" CLAYTON - Clemson
Maria Rosa "Marocha" Clayton, 98, of Central, died June 29, 2006 at her apartment in Clemson Downs. A graveside service will be held Monday, July 3, 2006 at 11:00am at Sharon United Methodist Church Cemetery on Sharon Church Road off Rt. 88.
Morocha was preceded in death by her husband, William Harold Clayton, of Central, her two sisters Nora Ociadacz and Hilda Reichel and her brother Antonio Reichel, and her parents Antonio Roman Reichel and Maria Jesus Lema Alvizu, all of Chile.
Survivors include her three children, William Harold Clayton, Jr. (Mary Jane) of Seneca, Martha Irene Adelaide Trickey (William) of Farragut, Tennessee, and Lawrence A. Clayton (Louise) of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Grandchildren are Mary Ann Hill (Scott) of Clemson, William J. Clayton of Windsor, Connecticut, Sally (Daniel) Brennan of Charleston, SC, Marie Christine (Jonathan) Davis, Knoxville, Tennessee, William Douglas (Lynn) Trickey of Rockford, Illinois, Stephanie Leigh Richmond (Jason) of Portland, Oregon and Carlton Anthony Clayton of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and 10 great grandchildren.
Marocha (a name she developed as a child when trying to pronounce her name of Maria Rosa) married Harold Clayton in September 1930 in Iquique, Chile where Harold was working for W. R. Grace & Co. Marocha learned the ropes of living as a Hispanic in the United States, preserving her language and culture for her children while adapting to the land of her husband. After many relocations of her family between Peru and the U.S. they retired in 1965 To Harold's homestead in Central. Marocha developed a new set of friends in the area. Her warmth, charm, sense of humor an love of her family and friends made people want to be around her. She loved her gardens and golf and knitted with amazing dexterity for herself and her children. She delighted in reading, and consumed books and magazines with great joy. However she was, above all, devoted to her husband Harold. She was raised and died in the bosom of the Roman Catholic Church, but loved the many Christian communities she came into contact with. Hers was a complete life, one where love and loyalty were paramount. We remember her not with sadness but with the joy of knowing she lived God's plan for her and is now with Him. The family would like to thank her caregivers for the loyalty and love exhibited over the last few years. No person could ask for more.
Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central-Clemson Commons, is assisting the family with the arrangements.