MADISON, WISCONSIN Elizabeth M. Clayton, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 8, 2017, in her apartment at Coventry Village in Madison, WI. She was born on December 9, 1923 in Madison, Wisconsin, the daughter of Nicholas M. and Mary Catherine (Sullivan) Isabella.
Elizabeth graduated from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee in Speech Pathology in 1945. She sang with a USO trio entertaining troops during WWII. She was a stay at home wife and mother until her family was raised and then worked at Gimbel's department store after her husband's retirement. George and Elizabeth were founding members of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, and were 50 year ticketholders of UW Badger Football lifetime supporters of the Green Bay Packers.
Elizabeth is survived by her sister Nancy Vilbrandt of Madison, her brother-in law, John Clayton of Cottage Grove, WI, two sons, Thomas (Patricia) Clayton of Elgin, Illinois, and Richard (Jacqueline) Clayton of Oshkosh, WI, and daughter, Debra (Paul) Fahey, of Goodyear, Arizona.
Grandchildren: Jennifer (Bill) Coggin, Julie (Chris) White, and Jeffery (Brittanie) Clayton are all of Atlanta, Georgia and are the children of Thomas and Patricia Clayton. Andrew (Lauren) Clayton, Philip (Courtney) Clayton, Daniel Clayton (Alyson), Joseph Clayton (Larisa), Anna Clayton are all of Oshkosh, WI and are the children of Richard and Jacqueline Clayton. Lauren Fahey (Jay) and Lisa Fahey of Minneapolis, MN are the daughters of Debra and Paul Fahey.
Great-grandchildren: Billy, Brandon, and Justyn Coggin, sons of Jennifer and Bill Coggin; John Christopher White, son of Julie and Christopher White; Liam and Macy Clayton, son and daughter of Andrew and Lauren Clayton; Emerson and Dekker Clayton sons of Phillip and Courtney Clayton; and baby Clayton daughter or son of Joseph and Larissa Clayton; and Isabella Storey daughter of Lauren Fahey and Jay Storey. She also has many nieces and nephews whom she loved.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Nicholas and Mary Isabella, her brother Donald Isabella, and her sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Winterbotham and Kay Clayton.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Monsignor Kenneth Fiedler presiding. A visitation at the church will be from 10 am until the time of Mass. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Lunch will be provided at Our Lady Queen of Peace immediately after burial. In lieu of flowers donations should be made to Agrace Hospice of Madison, Wisconsin in her memory.
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Tom, Dick, and Debbie...
Your mother, Betty, holds such a special place in my heart. Always upbeat, always encouraging, and always with a ready laugh, she was a positive part of my life since age six. Her deep and enduring friendship with my parents went back to their days in high school, and when I think of their social life she is in almost every picture. Betty was the very definition of "loving mother and grandmother" and of "truly faithful friend." She looked for the good in life. She was a genuinely giving and kind person. A model for us all. When I think of her I smile.
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