Ethel Wilhelmina “Willie” Clay

April 9, 1938 - October 12, 2020 Oxford, PA | Age 82 Loving Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Sister and Friend.

Ethel Wilhelmina Clay, 82, of Oxford, Pennsylvania, affectionately known as “Willie”, passed away on October 12, 2020 at The Seasons Hospice in Phoenixville, PA. She was the wife of the late Wallace Henry Clay (Wally) with whom she shared 52 years of marriage before he passed away in 2013. Willie was the daughter of the late Harry Paul and Ethel (Raven) Finley of Luckey, Ohio.
Willie graduated from Webster High school (along with her other five classmates) of Webster Township, Ohio in 1956 and attended Bowling Green University before being swept off her feet by Wally and working various jobs to put him through school. Willie was a devoted homemaker to five children for many years before returning to school and pursuing her dream of becoming a nurse. Willie worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse at the Pocopson Home for 20 plus years, retiring in 2003.
Willie and Wally loved the outdoors and designed and built their dream house in the woods in 1991. Willie was a talented seamstress who enjoyed creating her own clothes as well as her kids’ clothes; her kids were not always fans of these matching creations, however. Willie also enjoyed knitting and cross-stitching and loved crossword puzzles. Willie was a member of the Oxford Presbyterian Church.
A dog and cat enthusiast, Willie was very active in Chesapeake Bay Retriever rescue organizations. She raised and fostered many “Chessies” over the years as well as several Jack Russell Terriers. More recently, Willie loved watching over her many grandchildren and great grandchildren and visiting with friends.
Willie is survived by her five children: daughter, Kelli Boyd (Dale) of Oxford, PA; son, Kevin Clay of Coldwater, MS; son, Kyle Clay of Downingtown, PA; daughter, Kirstan Clay-Weinfeld (Henry) of Wilmington, DE; and son Jeffery Clay (Melanie) of Nottingham, PA; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Paul Finley (Elaine) of Washington and her sister, Karen Bauer (Fritz) of Ohio.
Willie was preceded in death by her beloved Wally, her parents Paul and Ethel Finley, and her brother, Jon Finley (Vickie) of Ohio.
A private memorial service for family will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Willie’s name may be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (via and/or Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief and Rescue (via
To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit
Arrangements by the Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove, West Grove, PA

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  1. So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers from your Oxford Presbyterian family.
    Peace and Blessings

    Eryn Gallagher | October 15, 2020 at 10:17 AM
  2. Thinking of all my cousins during this difficult time…💖💖

    Carla Tefft | October 14, 2020 at 10:45 PM
  3. Very sorry for your loss. Willie and Wally also made us feel like one of the kids growing up. There was always room to squeeze one more in. I think some times they did not know there was another one hidden in the house.

    Dave Patrick | October 14, 2020 at 6:47 PM
  4. Lots and lots of love and prayesr to all the Clay family on the passing of Willie. Willie will be remembered and missed. Loved her!!!

    Ann Terry | October 14, 2020 at 3:15 PM
  5. Kevin and family, sorry for your loss. Thinking of everyone. Bud

    Bud Charlton | October 14, 2020 at 10:10 AM
  6. Kirsten I am sorry to read the passing of your mom. You and the rest of your brothers and sister are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Veronica Price | October 13, 2020 at 7:26 PM
  7. so sorry for your loss, I am sure Wally and the rest of the family will be waiting to greet her

    Carter clay | October 13, 2020 at 6:37 PM
  8. So sorry for the loss of a loved mother, grandmother and great grandmother. My God reunite her with her husband. She is another angel watching over her family🙏

    Kim Cunnane | October 13, 2020 at 5:12 PM
  9. Sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.

    Claire Banas | October 13, 2020 at 4:43 PM
  10. My Heart goes out to the Family I am deeply Sorry for your loss🙏♥️

    Cathie caperton | October 13, 2020 at 4:15 PM
  11. Very sorry for your loss

    George and Ruth Snyder | October 13, 2020 at 4:10 PM
  12. I went to nursing school with Willie, she was the sweetest person in the class of course. She had a quiet confidence and a giving nature . My thoughts are with the family at this time mourning.

    Deborah May | October 13, 2020 at 3:52 PM
  13. Jeff I am truly sorry for your deep loss

    kevin clark | October 13, 2020 at 3:51 PM

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