Marilyn Clayton, age 85, of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at the Brooklyn Community Estates. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 1:30 p.m., Monday, September 12, 2016, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Brooklyn. She will be laid to rest in the Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn, next to her beloved husband and daughter. Visitation will be 3 to 6 p.m., Sunday, September 11, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established. There will be a luncheon in the church fellowship hall beginning at 12:00 p.m., prior to the service on Monday, September 12, 2016.
Marilyn is survived by her children R.M. “Rusty” (Jeanne) Clayton, Jr., of Brooklyn, Gerald W. “Jody” of Brooklyn, James G. Sr. (Sandy) Clayton, of Brooklyn, Kathaleen M (Jim) Snoeberger, of Delphi, IN, Joel Clayton and Sandy Dobson, of Brooklyn, and Annette M (Carl) Marshall, of Chariton; twenty grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; and a sister Janet Manatt Pilcher. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Max and daughter Mari Lynn at birth, six siblings Mary Ellen Christen, G.J. “Junie” Manatt, Merlin Manatt, Clair Manatt, Anita Manatt and Judy Sueppel.
Marilyn Ann Manatt was born June 17, 1931, in Grinnell, the daughter of Gerald “G.W.” and Margaret Brotherson Manatt. She attended and graduated from the Brooklyn Schools. Marilyn was united in marriage to Russell Max Clayton and was married for 50 wonderful years. They were in love their whole adult life, spending much of their free time living life and making friends. They would always bring food or something to many people in need or who suffered the loss of someone. They enjoyed traveling to Texas in the winter and hanging out with their friends. Marilyn had a passion for collecting, from Beanie Babies to glassware and jewelry. She loved to cook and bake and would always ask you to stay for the meal she had ready, whether you were family, old friends or strangers who happened by.