Beverly Anne Clay
25 April , 1938 – 14 December , 2018
Obituary for Beverly Anne Clay – December 14, 2018
Beverly Anne Clay was born on April 25, 1938 in Vancouver, BC, at Vancouver General Hospital. She married the love of her life Leslie Kenneth Conrad Clay on May 16, 1959 and now, just shy of their 60th wedding anniversary, Beverly passed away on December 14, 2018 holding the hand of her loving husband. They moved to Langley in the spring of 1964 where they owned and operated Clay’s Nurseries until 2001 on the 40-acre property in South Langley. Bev had the opportunity to travel a fair bit with Les but loved nothing more than to be at home in the dirt with her plants and with her family where she spent many happy years.
Bev was a wise, strong, adventurous, determined, caring, loving, selfless, affectionate, and playful woman. She will always be remembered for her playful personality and the little smiles and smirks she would give her family with joy in her eyes. She was honest and open-hearted, and loved her family with all her heart.
Even though Bev had rheumatoid arthritis, this did not stop her, with gardening keeping her feeling young. Bev was an avid baker. She was always sharing and showing her love through pies, brownies, cakes, puddings, trifles, cheesecakes, buns, and bread. As such, she was also a skilled baking teacher – always willing to spend an afternoon with her children and grandchildren to impart her baking wisdom. A dash of this, a dab of that, and a splash of this.
If that wasn’t enough, she was constantly knitting for her family and her church – she was a knitting machine – and spent many hours volunteering for the United Churches of Langley gardening, making prayer shawls, and would bake muffins for the homeless breakfast program run out of Langley United (200th Street).
Bev will always be remembered in the hearts of her family – her loving husband Les Clay; her children and their spouses Barb and Jamie Nelson, Butch and Lee-Ann Clay, Geoff Clay and Peggy Richardson; her grandchildren and their spouses Robert Nelson, David and Robyn Garland, Jessica Nelson and Mike Irvine, Sarah and Noel Lim, Jennifer, Brian, Steven and Emily Clay, and Elizabeth Clay; her sister and brother-in-law Valma and Gordon Dennis, her nieces, nephews and their spouses and children Alison Dennis, Holly and Randy Semrau, Chris & Michelle, Emily and Daniel Dennis.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday January 12, 2019 at 2:00pm at the United Churches of Langley (21562 Old Yale Road). In lieu of flowers, Bev’s family asks that donations be made to the Derek Doubleday Arboretum(cheques to be made payable to the Rotary Club of Langley, Box 315, 20465 Douglas Cres, Langley, BC V3A 4B6) or to the United Churches of Langley (21562 Old Yale Road, Langley, BC V3A 4M8).
Beverly Anne Clay
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2 February 2019
Mrs. Clay was the finest example of strength and kindness combined with grace. I had the pleasure of knowing her, and the family for most of my life. She and her husband were wonderful to me when I had the pleasure of working and learning the nursery trade at their " Clay's Nursery" I try to treat my employees as well as I was treated by them. She knew I loved plants and would often send me home with some young started cuttings. Many have matured into superb shrubs enjoyed by thousands who visit our farm. Thank you Bev! I won't ever forget your kindness and smile.
12 January 2019
My sincerest sympathy to the family of Bev Clay. She was a beautiful person with a beautiful smile