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Maria “Angie” Clay


Maria Angeles (Angie) Clay (née Solis-Jarquin) of Tempe, AZ passed away peacefully on September 6, 2017. Angie is now reunited with her beloved husband of 60 years, Thomas Clay, who preceded her in death in September 2016. Angie emigrated to the U.S. (San Francisco, CA) from Nicaragua, C.A. in 1953. She learned English by attending night school and listening to popular music records. After learning English, she attended secretarial school. In 1955, she met her husband, Thomas Clay, who was stationed in San Francisco, with the U.S. Navy. They eloped to Reno, NV in 1956 and then took vows again in their shared Roman Catholic Church a month later. Angie created a warm home for all, where she welcomed family, friends, and guests regularly. She was an excellent cook and baker and had a knack for entertaining. She ran a successful childcare business for many years and influenced countless young children in a positive way. After Angie’s children had all been educated, Angie joined her husband Tom, traveling multi-nationally by his side, as he pursued career engineering projects that spanned the globe. Angie acclimated to a variety of cultures and made many new friends from East Asia, Western Europe, and South America. As a couple, Angie and Tom shared rare opportunities that were the highlight of their golden years. Angie’s marriage and family were the things that she held most dear. Angie is survived by siblings, Glenda Kayma, Claudia Clay, and Carlos Solis. Angie is also survived by her children: Thomas Clay; Michael Clay and his wife Karla Clay; Annette Gillette and her husband, Thomas Gillette; and Michelle Clay; grandchildren: Jennifer Clay; Kathryn Clay; Julie Clay; Bryant Newman and his fiancée, Carly Johnston; Victoria Clay; Alexandra Clay; Thomas Clay; Nicole Newman; and Kyle Newman.

A funeral mass will be held on October 20, 2017 at 10:00 am at Holy Spirit Catholic Church 1800 E. Libra Drive Tempe, AZ 85282.



  • Sue Posted September 21, 2017 11:31 AM

    Angie Rest in Peace. You are now with Tom and the Angels. We love you and miss you a lot.

  • Mary Merino Posted September 21, 2017 12:06 PM

    My deepest condolences to all your family and friends, my heart goes out to you all, may your hearts be filled with all the happiness that she touched each and every one of you and continue to console you through all those beautiful memories

  • Joelle Gillette Posted September 21, 2017 4:02 PM

    Beautiful pictures

  • Erlinda L Ramirez Posted September 21, 2017 4:28 PM

    You are now reunited with your husband, rest in peace Maria Angie Clay, my sincere condolences to Glenda Kayma and fa. and Claudia Clay and family.

  • Erlinda L Ramirez Posted September 21, 2017 4:31 PM

    Rest in Peace Maria Angie Clay, now you are reunitaded with your husband, my sincere condolescens to my dear friends Glenda Kayma and family and Claudia Clay and family.

  • KEN ETCHELLS Posted October 15, 2017 7:53 AM

    Rest in Peace dear Angie, we will never forget you. We extend our sincere condolences to the whole family who we remember so well. Angie was the best child caregiver of our first child, daughter Elizabeth “Lisa” Etchells, when she was just an infant back in 1977.

  • Ryan Crowley Posted October 17, 2017 11:26 AM

    What a wonderful person….so sorry for everyones loss.

  • Doug and Elaine Metzdorf Posted October 21, 2017 12:22 PM

    Angie watched over both our son and daughter before pre-school. We all feel very sad about her passing. She will be missed.

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