Betty Clay (Conway) 87, of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. She leaves behind her husband of 70 years, Robert Clay; daughters, Phyllis (Ron) VanWieren and Mary Treacy; brother, Jack (Linda) Conway; grandchildren, Jennifer (Troy) Tann, Chris Hale, Joseph (Cara) Treacy, Allison (Jim) Fus, Nora (Matt) Hughes, Abby (Tim) Wierenga; great-grandchildren, Lucy Hale, Ava Steggerda-Treacy, Tanner Treacy, Chris and Brooke Freeman, Lyla and Tyler Fus, Riley and Carter Hughes, and Mason and Emily Wierenga; as well as many loving nieces and nephews. Betty was predeceased by her parents, John and Thelma Conway and sister, Marjorie Ketelaar. Betty was born in and a lifetime resident of Grand Rapids. She was active in the Blodgett Hospital guilds and was long time member of Cascade Country Club. Betty was devoted to her family and loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved them all dearly. A memorial funeral service will be held at 11:30 AM Tuesday, August 14, at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Dr. Mark Barger Elliott officiating. The family will meet friends and relatives Tuesday from 10-11:30 AM prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made in Betty’s name to Mayflower Congregational Church, 2345 Robinson Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.
Please accept my sincere condolences during this time of grief. My hope is that the words of Christ Jesus be of comfort, when he stated that “the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out” (John 5: 28, 29). We can also take comfort in God’s personal promise to “wipe out every tear” and that soon, even “death will be no more” (Revelation 21: 4).
Please accept my condolences on the loss of your dear loved one. Take comfort in knowing that our Heavenly Father will soon remove all pain, sorrow, and death forever! May this promise as recorded in Revelation 21:3,4 help you gain strength and inner peace to cope with the days ahead. (Philippians 4:13). To find out more about the Bible’s hope for our loved ones sleeping in death, please visit jw.org.