In Memory of



Obituary for Jean Clay

Doris Jean Clay
June 15, 1930 ~ December 13, 2022

Doris Jean Clay went to be with her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, at the age of 92. Jean, as she was fondly known by her family and friends, was the daughter of Maude Bell (Prescott) and Oran Holmes Ezzell. She was born on June 15, 1930, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. A lifetime resident of the Oklahoma City area, Jean graduated from Capitol Hill High School in 1948. While attending Capitol Hill High School, Jean was very active in art, designing yearbook covers, working on the sets for theater plays and backdrops and cheered with the Saberettes. Jean was truly a woman of a vast array of God-given skills and talents. She used those gifts fully throughout her life. Jean continued her education and the pursuit of her skills in the arts for a lifetime. She studied art, painting and design under Leo Goetz, protege' of Georgia O'Keeffe. Jean dedicated her career in art working as a freelance artist in residence in advertising and marketing for more than 45 years. She worked for retail stores such as Peyton Marcus, now known as Neiman Marcus and later for 27 years at Evans Furniture. A woman of tremendous character, loyalty, and great rapport, Jean was fully committed and dedicated to whatever task, job or person she endeavors to create. Known for her rapier wit mirth, being sharp as a tack, exceptional memory and avid reader of more than 800 books, Jean had a great desire to study art, music, medical sciences and astronomy. She was a longtime and active member of Southwest Church of Christ with unwavering faith in the Lord. Jean's life was centered around the church, fulfilling her purpose in life with her God-given talents, walking by faith, living the word of God and helping others in any way she could, never passing judgement on anyone or their circumstances. Jean lived daily by the two main principles in her life: first was to always be thoughtful of others and the second was to be loyal to family and blood. And without a doubt, Jean was a woman who was always true to her word. She left a tremendous legacy of compassion, understanding, giving heart and talents, that left an undeniable impression upon everyone she met.

Jean was preceded in death by her:
Father, Oran Holmes Ezzell;
Mother, Maude Bell Ezzell;
Lifetime Friend, former husband and father of her children, William C. Clay;
Son, William Andrew Clay.

Jean leaves behind her loving family:
Daughter, Melissa J, Poydence and her husband, Paul
Son, Eric David Clay and his wife, Kim;
Granddaughter, Sylvie M. Poydence;
Grandson, Justin Clay;
Cousins: Bob & Virginia Shannon; Gina & Bill Poteet and Gina's daughters, Hilary & Rachel; George & Charisse Montgomery; Kenneth & Mary Knowles;
Special family members: Larry & Melanie Hair; Doug and Shirley Weaver, Jonathan Reiff and Zoe Haskins.