Martha J Clayton “Peaches”

Martha Jane Clayton (Peaches), 77 yrs. of Lancaster, passed graciously into eternal life on Thursday, November 11, 2021, with family at her side.  Born in Shippensburg, Pa. on November 30, 1943, Peaches was the daughter of the late Evelyn and Sam Reed and Mark Bauserman, deceased in World War II.  Living a life blessed with family, she was the wife of David Clayton.

Peaches will be remembered for her rich moral character, loyalty, and patriotism having been raised in a family of patriots that served our country in World War II and Vietnam.  Peaches was a woman who embodied the gifts of the spirit displayed by her deep faith, kindness, creativity, and unwavering determination.  Anyone who knew Peaches, will remember her infectious laugh, joy, and unconditional love for all.

A graduate of Shippensburg Area High School. She attended East Stroudsburg State College and Maryland Medical Secretarial School where she graduated from the Hagerstown Business College. A United States Swimming Official, Peaches has traveled throughout Europe with age group teams, and worked as an administrator at the United States Olympics in Atlanta Georgia. She worked at TGI Friday’s in Lancaster and the Election Board of East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County in recent years.

Surviving in addition to her husband, is daughter Erica Clayton Wright and son-in-law Michael B. Wright of Richmond, VA, and stepbrothers Terry Reed, of Wisconsin, Samuel L. Reed, Jr. of Hershey, a sister-in-law Sharon Reed of Hershey, a niece Laura Reed Lewis of Hershey, and a nephew Scott Reed of Atlanta, GA.

Friends and family are respectfully invited to a Memorial Service on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at Messiah Methodist Church, 30 South Penn Street Shippensburg, Pa. 17257.  Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by the memorial service at 11:00 a.m.  To join the memorial service virtually, please use the YouTube livestream link provided:
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In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Messiah Methodist Church of Shippensburg.

Cremation Services of Lancaster  717-273-6283

Condolence Messages

  1. So sad to hear of Peaches’s passing. She was a life-long friend of mine. Will miss her.

  2. Peaches was a perfect wife.for you Dave. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow. ,

  3. Dena Mowery Martin

    Happy birthday Peach 🍑 to a life in time friend. You will be missed.

  4. Guy and Gloria Wright

    Peaches was the mother-in-law of our son Michael Wright. She will always be remembered as outstanding person of good moral character, love of family, love of country and wanting the best for everyone she knew. Our hearts were so sad when we heard of her passing. She will always hold a special place in our memory and hearts.

  5. I will always remember my Great Aunt Peach 🍑 for her great sense of style & fun-loving personality. She was always a joy to be around & treated me as her own daughter when I stayed with her & Dave for a little while during college. I wish she could have met her great nephew before she passed away, but know she is looking down on all of us now. 💛

  6. Pennie and Frank Vattilano

    To Peaches’ family: please accept our heartfelt condolences in the loss of this very fine woman. While we lost touch the last few years her influence on me particularly has lasted a lifetime and will continue to do so. I remember her coming to our home at 9 pm to be with my two little boys while my husband drove me to the hospital to have our first daughter…. The mints left on the pillow when we were guests overnight…holiday wreath making together…fun and laughter at the Penn State football games …Peach, to this day when we do the pledge at the PSU games I think of the sacrifice your dad made along with other young Americans to ensure our freedom. You are in his loving arms now. Your family is blessed to have had you and we are blessed to have known you.

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