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Clayola Gay Meffert


Clayola Gay Meffert, 78, of Shipman, passed away, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born June 26, 1944, in Mason City, to the late Croftin Clay and Anna (Bastin) Wilham.

Gay was lucky enough to meet the man she would marry early in life, she married Marvin Henry Meffert on July 30, 1959, in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. The two celebrated 55 years of marriage together prior to his passing on June 5, 2015.

Gay loved being a mother and grandmother, but she also was equally involved as Marvin’s business partner, running several rental properties and farming. She even obtained her Real Estate License.

Gay passed her free time drawing, sewing, and working outside.

Gay faithfully attended Harmony Baptist Church and Emmanuel Baptist Church where she held various positions on staff as well as being involved with Vacation Bible School, teaching Sunday School, and singing in many cantatas.

She is survived by sons, Rolland (Sarah) Meffert of Shipman, Lloyd (Deanna) Meffert of Cotter, Arkansas, Bruce (Jeralyn) Meffert of Higbee, Missouri, Darrel (Carrie) Meffert of Sparland; grandchildren, Valerie (Matt) Huebener, Keith (Anna) Meffert, Allison (Tyler) Stults, Andrew (Kimberly) Meffert, Abigail Meffert, Colleen Meffert, Zebediah Meffert, Cyrus Meffert, Hannah Meffert, Clayton Meffert, Jacob Meffert, Jerrod Meffert; great grandchildren, Olivia, Clara, Liam, Sawyer, Atlee, Ezekiel, Crofton, Huxley, Reginald, Montgomery, Minerva, Donovan, Kayden, Holden, Aspen; sister Joy; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; niece, Joyce Jewell; nephews, John and Dave Balla; brother-in-law, Albert Jewell and sister in law, Millie (Danny) Balla.

Visitation was held on Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Carlinville.

Funeral service were held on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at Emmanuel Baptist with Cliff Woodman, officiating.

Burial was in the Shipman Cemetery.

Memorials in Gay’s name may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Anderson Family Funeral Home in Brighton has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

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