Zita O. Koshelowsky Claytor

February 16, 1936June 13, 2013
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Zita O. Claytor, 77, passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Eugene Claytor.

Born in St. Calixte, Quebec, Canada, on Sunday, February 16, 1936, Zita has been a resident of Houston for over 50 years and considered herself a Texan after becoming an American citizen. Throughout out her life in Houston, Zita had a passion for her family, friends, travel and her dog Yancy. Zita supported many charitable causes which included knitting blankets for Wounded Warriors.

Zita is survived by her son, Thad Claytor; daughter, Denyse Claytor and their respective spouses, Allison Claytor and Howard Bruton; her grandchildren, Dewayn Bruton and wife Candice, Justin Bruton, Kennedy Claytor, Thomas Claytor and great granddaughter, Addison Bruton.

Family and friends will gather for a memorial service in the chapel of Waltrip Funeral Directors, 1415 Campbell Road in Houston, at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 17th. Reverend M. Eugene Vickrey will lead the service where memories will be shared with all attending.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486 Houston, Texas 77210-4486, (713) 792-3450 or (800) 525-5841


  • Visitation Monday, June 17, 2013
  • Memorial Service Monday, June 17, 2013

Zita O. Koshelowsky Claytor

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June 22, 2013

Zita was a wonderful friend and neighbor. I am so sorry to learn about her passing. I will miss seeing her and Yancy on their daily walks. God bless you all.
Carole Pagnotto

Hilary Trammell

June 18, 2013

Denyse...I have so many fond memories of your mom. I remember your birthday party in elementary school and we made the coolest crafts and planted airplane plants. My mom still has that plant and I'm going to re-pot a sprout for you. So honored to know your and prayers to you and Thad.

June 17, 2013

How sad to know that Zita ("Zee") is gone. I did not even know she was ill, or surely, I would have called or sent her something. Zita and I worked together at least 15 years, and our relationship was much more than a "Boss/Secretary" relationship. She did so many tasks without being asked, accomplished so many things for me that needed no supervision, and generally kept me in the middle of the road, and allowed me to do my part of the job better.

At Marsh, there was no secretary who came even close -- she did so much more than a secretary -- she was truly an administrative assistant, and the best in the business. I have missed our close association since retiring 13 years ago. Where has the time gone?

Thad and Denise -- you had a marvelous mother, and I had a marvelous friend and associate. Surely God has a special place for Zee. I hope to see her there again someday. Marjorie (my wife) shares my thoughts, and loved Zee because she took such good care of me. We send our sincere sympathy.

God Bless.
Al Porter
Marjorie Porter

eleanor sedlar

June 16, 2013

Denyse I'm so sorry for the loss of you Mother Zita, you and your Family will be in my thoughts and prayers..
Eleanor Sedlar

June 15, 2013

I am going to miss my friend of almost 50 years. We were neighbors when our children were young and shared many happy times together. I could always count on her when I needed her and she was always there for me and my children. My condolences to her family. She was a good wife, mother and grandmother and I am sure they will miss her tremendously, but were fortunate to have her for so many years. My love to all of you, Marilyn Coyne