Margot Clayton, 69

Teacher, tutor, member of First Presbyterian

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Margot E. Clayton of Oak Park died on March 18, 2013. Born in Oak Park on April 26, 1943 to the late Bernard and Leila Kinsala, she was raised in the Austin area, graduated from Austin High School and in 1965 from Cornell College. An early teaching opportunity at a U.S. Air Force base in England afforded her a chance to meet Raymond E. K. Clayton. They were married outside London on April 28, 1969.

Returning to Chicago she taught in the Chicago Public Schools system. Later she tutored privately, taught child safety and developed after-school programming in the Oak Park schools, beginning with Hatch Elementary School.

She was an active member of the League of Women Voters and also served on the Oak Park Township Youth Services Committee and the 19th Century Charitable Foundation. She was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church of River Forest.

Margot Clayton is survived by her daughter, Amy (Will) Hansmann; her grandchildren, Keith and Kyle Hansmann of River Forest; her sister, Norma Blanchard (Robert Burchill) of Oak Park; and her nephew, Douglas (Colleen) Blanchard, and nieces, Lauren (David) McCarthy and Jennifer (Donald) Frey. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2000.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 23, at First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, 7551 Quick Ave., River Forest.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to First Presbyterian Church of River Forest or the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163 are appreciated.

Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home in Oak Park.

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Lois Goldstein from Traverse City MI  

Posted: April 11th, 2013 5:26 PM

I lived next door to the Claytons too, on the other side. Margot was a true lady, and an inspiration to me and everyone around her.

Brennen from OakPark  

Posted: March 31st, 2013 10:04 PM

I was lucky enough to have lived next to Mrs. Clayton and her family on the 600 block of Woodbine. I always enjoyed seeing and talking with Mrs. Clayton. To this day I am inspired by her wit and warmth. Anyone who knew her husband Ray know he shared this personality trait. Great folks. They will be missed.

Gary S from River Forest  

Posted: March 27th, 2013 11:15 AM

Additionally Margot was a Stephen Minister at First Pres. and was a wonderful person to have as my friend. Always cheerful and never complained.A true gem. Keep smiling Margot

Charlene Schwar from Oak Park, 60304  

Posted: March 25th, 2013 5:34 PM

We lost a real treasure in the passing of Margot Clayton. During so many conversations and during the memorial service, she never ever complained, always had a smile and was always interested in everyone else. She will be missed by many whose hearts she touched. I am honored to have called her a friend and will remember her always.

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