She was born on Sept. 30, 1907, in Bountiful, Utah. She attended UCLA, and then transferred to Aurora College in Illinois, where she received a bachelor of arts degree. While there she served as president of the literary society, and met her future husband, L. Clark Lay.
After graduation she went on to receive a master’s of arts in library science from the University of Minnesota. She then returned to Los Angeles where she worked for many years as a children’s librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library. With her husband, Clark, she raised two wonderful Christian boys, David and Steven.
She was a lifetime lover of chocolate, and had a gift for writing witty rhymes. While living in Cleveland, she volunteered for several years in the First Baptist Church Library. Her rather humble opinion about herself has been a gift that has allowed her to focus her attention on others throughout her life. Since a child she was a longtime supporter of world missions.
After World War II she was involved in donating to the reconstruction efforts in Japan and supported veterans with disabilities. “Those of us who love her thank God for her life,” said a family member.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilber Stephen and Agnes Linda Ramer; her husband, Clark (1909-98); and her brother, C. Bruce Ramer, (1904-2007).
She is survived by sons: David and his wife, Lillian, of Annapolis, Md., and Steven and his wife, Ann, of Cleveland; four grandchildren: BethAnn Wiedenbenner and her husband, Mark, of Cleveland, Timothy Lay of Cleveland, Christina Giese and her husband, Matthew, of Seattle, Deborah Bryant and her husband, David, of Dublin, Ohio, Melissa McQuillen and her husband, Andrew, of Alexandria, Va.; and four great-grandchildren: Brooklyn and Kinsley Bryant of Dublin, Ohio, and Bryleigh and Shiloh McQuillen of Alexandria, Va.
The funeral will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Grissom Funeral Home with the Rev. Ronald Thomas officiating. She will be buried alongside her husband, Clark, in Dowling Park, Fla.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the First Baptist Church Library, P.O. Box 2368, Cleveland TN 37320.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Lay family guest book at www.grissomfh.net.