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Adena Jeanne (Kinne) Clayton, Age: 89
May 31, 1931 - Aug 29, 2020

Braymer, MO – Adena Jeanne (Kinne) Clayton, 89, passed away peacefully August 29, 2020, at her son’s home in Gladstone, MO under the care of Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care.

Mom (aka Ma, GMa and Grandma Bubbles) was proud to be a life-long resident of Caldwell County.  She was born May 31, 1931, a few miles southeast of Hamilton, MO to Owen Dean and Ada Pearl (Lay) Kinne and, along with her older brother Robert L. “Bob”, she was raised on the family farm.  Mom attended Excelsior and New York elementary schools and was the valedictorian of the 1949 graduating class of New York High School.  After earning her teaching credentials at Warrensburg, she taught elementary school at Breckenridge, MO for a couple of years and then worked for a time in the payroll department at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City. 

On April 2, 1954, Mom and Dad, Lewis Donald Clayton, were married at Hamilton Methodist Church.  They spent their married life and raised their family on the Clayton farm in the Gould Farm/Hopewell community.  Mom was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church and was active in various community clubs.  A few years after Dad’s death (January 5, 1984), she began working for the U.S. Customs office in Kansas City retiring from there in 2001.  By this time, she had moved into Braymer where she attended Braymer Baptist Church and was active with the Baptist Women, Pleasant Hill Lyons Club, Tuesday Study Club, Pinochle Club and Red Hat Club.  Though she had moved off the farm, Mom enjoyed keeping her hand in farming and at the time of her death, still owned a small herd of cattle.

Mom was preceded in death by her father and mother, Dad and Uncle Bob and Aunt Jean.  She is survived by daughters Mona Clayton Brown of Braymer and Lora (David) Albrecht of Spring Creek, NV; and son Tom (Kelli) Clayton of Gladstone, MO.  Six grandchildren: Brian Albrecht of Hillsboro, OR; Colin (Amy) Brown of Lee’s Summit, MO; Kaylea Brown (Ruben Sosa) of Kansas City, MO; Quinn Brown (Mikalah Skates) of Arkadelphia, AR; Clayton (Leigh Anne) Brown of Smithville, MO; and Kent Brown of Braymer.  Five great-grandchildren: Edyn, Evie and Eli Brown; and Willie and Ellie Brown. One niece: Barbara Pierce of Maryville, MO; and two nephews: Dale Kinne of Weatherby Lake, MO and Dean Kinne of Smithville, MO.  Plus, several great nieces, nephews and cousins, and a host of friends.

Mom was a kind and gentle soul who loved her family and friends unconditionally.  She was incredibly proud of her children and grandchildren and their accomplishments.  Watching her grandchildren grow into adulthood and pursue higher education, careers, families, etc. was a source of great joy and her great-grandchildren were a continual source of enjoyment and amusement.  No matter the time of year, Mom loved hosting Easter Egg Hunts for the kids.  She also enjoyed blowing soap bubbles with her great grandchildren, earning the nickname Grandma Bubbles.

Our family is grateful for the care and compassion shown to Mom by the staffs at North Kansas City Hospital, Golden Age Nursing Home, Hillcrest Manor and Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care.  We are also especially grateful for the loving care and companionship provided to Mom by Lisa Still.

A celebration of Mom’s life is planned for a later date and will be announced soon.  Because she loved to read and instilled that passion in her family, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Caldwell County Library (275 S. Washington, Kingston, MO 64650).

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Services at Later Date


Jess Swindler Sep 01 ,2020

Former neighbor/friend ,Hamilton ,Missouri

Helen and I are so sorry for your loss, your mother was a very special lady. Prayers for your family. Jess Swindler

Alisa Pacer Sep 02 ,2020

Friend of the family ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Tom and family, I'm so terribly sorry for the loss of your Mother. Peace and prayers with you all during this difficult time.

Tina Wolff Sep 04 ,2020

Coworker of Tom ,Olathe ,Kansas

Tom- I am so sad for your loss. Your mother sounds like a wonderful person. My thoughts are with you and your family. Tina

Bruce Harvey Sep 04 ,2020

Tom, My deepest condolences on the passing of your mom. I remember chats over the years about our mothers and the sincerity and love you had for yours.I also remember your support when my mom passed. No matter what age, there is nothing like the loss of a mom, but I know her presence, love and values will remain with you and your family. Prayers and support to you at this time. Bruce

Christal Williams Sep 04 ,2020

co-worker ,Raytown ,Missouri

Tom, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

Emily Behrmann Sep 04 ,2020

Tom, my sympathies on the loss of your mother. May your memories of her be of comfort at this difficult time. Take care of yourself and your family. Emily

Jim and Cherie Leiker Sep 04 ,2020

JCCC Coworkers ,Shawnee ,Kansas

Tom, your mom sounds like an awesome woman. How fortunate you are to have had her as your mom. Our hearts go out to you and your family during this time of sadness. Cherish the many memories you have. Blessings to you all.

Susan McGarvey Sep 04 ,2020

work colleague with Tom Clayton ,Overland Park ,Kansas

This is one of the most beautiful tributes I've ever read. Your mother sounds like an amazing woman, so full of joy and life, and you were all very lucky to have her in your lives for so long. I will pray for you and your family's comfort and peace.

Tom Patterson Sep 04 ,2020

Tom, I'm very sorry; my condolences. I know how close you were to your mother. You are a testament to what a great mother she was! Tom

Hélène Perriguey-Keene Sep 05 ,2020

JCCC ,Olathe ,Kansas

My sincerest condolences on the passing of your mother. Hélène

Janet Kraft Sep 09 ,2020

work colleague ,Olathe ,Kansas

Saddened hearing of your mother's death. May loving memories bring peace and comfort.