Ossie M Clayton was born in Mitchell, Georgia on August 28, 1949. She was the fourth child of the late Edison Sr. and Julia Clayton. Her parents moved to Philadelphia, PA in the early 1950s. Ossie attended several elementary schools, Fitz Simons Junior High School, and graduated from Edward Bok Technical High School in 1968. She also attended John F. Kennedy Training School and The Community College of Philadelphia.
Ossie began working for the State of Pennsylvania, in the Department of Welfare division, on May 10, 1969, where she continued to work for 35 years. Ossie held several positions with the State including desk clerk, income maintenance worker, clerical supervisor, and office manager. She retired on June 24, 2004.
Ossie was baptized at a very young age and attended the Light of Truth Church, S.D.C.C. As an adult, she attended Mount Zion Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA where she served as a Sunday School secretary. Ossie also attended Higher Ground Bible Institute and graduated in June of 2000. In March of 2006, Ossie moved to Reading, PA where she became a member of Union Baptist Church of Reading. At Union, Ossie served as a deaconess and volunteered with various activities such as cleaning the church, organizing events, and so much more.
Ossie loved to travel. She visited the states of Hawaii, Texas, Florida, New York, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Alaska. She also visited Canada, Jamaica, Aruba, The Bahamas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Ossie enjoyed being outdoors. She loved to garden and had a garden in her backyard where she grew kale, peppers, green beans, tomatoes, broccoli, blueberries, and more. She often stated she remembered gardening with her grandmother when she was a little girl. Ossie also enjoyed canning and making her own jams.
Ossie was a social butterfly. She had strong relationships with all her family and friends. She was always in contact with distant relatives and enjoyed meeting the newest members of the family. She had close bonds with members of her church family. She also made strong connections in her neighborhood and was a valued member of her community.
Ossie was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. She is survived by her only daughter, Natalie. Her four grandchildren, Sabria, Mikayla, Ikeem, and Maddox. Her brothers, Milton (preceding Ossie in death), Edison Jr., Ronnie, and Julius. Her two sisters, Ruby and Denise. One brother-in-law, Otis. One sister-in-law, Wanda. Two nephews, Christopher and Edward. Two nieces, Tiffany and Andrea. One aunt, Ruby. Two great nephews and two great nieces. A host of cousins, friends, and church family.
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