Thursday, April 10, 2014

Marjorie (Duckett) Clayton Passes Away

    Marjorie May Duckett Clayton,  age 93, died at her Edgewater home of natural causes on April 8.
    Marjorie was born on January 26, 1921 in Davidsonville, MD, the second child of Kenneth Harrison Duckett and Dorothy May Duckett. She graduated from Annapolis High School and Strayer Business College. She began her career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) where she met her future husband. She also worked as a secretary and legislative assistant for 5 years with the Maryland State Department of Legislative Reference and Secretary and Editorial Clerk for 5 1/2 years with the U.S. Navy Ship Research and Development Center, Annapolis, MD and Secretary for the Local Government Committee during the 1967 Constitutional Convention. She was also employed as secretary by the State Administrative
Board of Election Laws, the Secretary of State for the State of Maryland and served in various capacities including the office of the Attorney General during nine sessions of the Maryland General Assembly.

    She lived in St. Margaret's for 17 years, then Ocean City for 25 years and finally Edgewater for the past 13 years. She enjoyed her winters, going to Bradenton, FL and later Stuart, FL to escape the cold months. She also enjoyed the Florida Keys and her little hide-away at Breezy Palms in Islamorada. Her hobby was her family, her four boys and their wives and her six grandchildren. She enjoyed the beach ("Any Beach"), boating and fishing/crabbing. She also enjoyed traveling and made several lengthy travel trailer trips across the United States and to New England to see as much of the country as she could.
    She was preceded in death by her loving husband, James M. Clayton, Sr., who died a year ago. They were inseparable for 70 years. She was also preceded in death by her older brother, Kenneth Harrison Duckett, who died June 19, 2011.
    She is survived by her younger brother, George Stephen Duckett of Easton, MD and his wife, Joan. She is also survived by her four sons, James M. Clayton, Jr. and his wife, Andrea of Severna Park, Randall S. Clayton and his wife, Elba of Key West, FL and Larry D. Clayton and his wife, Sherry of Edgewater and David H. Clayton and his wife, Barbara of Severna Park, and her grandchildren, Marcy and husband, Tom Rickloff, Amy and husband, Gregg Speed, Laurie and husband, Jeff Powell, and Brooke Clayton, Evan Clayton, Lindsay Clayton, and her special 2:00 visitor, the daughter she had always wanted, Natalie.
    Marjorie was especially determined to stay here long enough to meet her first great-grandbaby and thanks to Amy and Gregg, she had several wonderful visits from baby Garrett born March 21, 2014.     A memorial service will be held at 11:00am Friday, April 11 at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, MD. Graveside services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.
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