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Barbara E. Clay


Barbara E. Clay, 75, Iola, passed away Friday, July 22, 2016, at Allen County Regional Hospital in Iola surrounded by her family.

Barbara was born June 28, 1941, in LaHarpe, the daughter of Eugene and Jane Marie (Ransom) Hobert. She grew up in LaHarpe and graduated from Iola High School in 1959. She then attended and graduated from Wichita Business College. 

On Oct. 27, 1962, Barbara married Billy R. Clay at the LaHarpe Christian Church. They made their home in Wichita, where she worked as a secretary for The Coleman Company. They moved to Iola in 1970 and Barbara started working as a secretary for USD 257 on Nov. 1, 1980. She retired July 1, 2008, but continued to sub at Crossroads.

Her memberships include the Iola Church of Christ, Allen County Association of Retired School Personnel where she served as Secretary, National Association of Education Office Professionals, and Kansas Association of Educational Office Professionals where she served as State President, President Elect, Immediate Past President, website chairperson, Professional Standards Program Chairperson and a State Educational Office Professional of the Year. She helped establish the Iola Educational Support Personnel and served as President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Scholarship Chairman. 

Barbara loved to camp, cook, travel and spend time with family and friends. 

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Billy; her four children, Kent and wife, Monica of Ohio, Audra Rose and husband George, LaHarpe, Aaron, Overland Park, and Matt and wife Melissa, Kansas City, Mo.; four grandchildren, Kendra Michael, Zack Rose, Henry Clay and Hailey Clay; one great-grandson, Jase Michael; and a sister, Beverly Robinson, of Georgia. She was preceded in death by her parents.


Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service in Iola. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with burial to follow in Highland Cemetery in Iola. Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association and may be left with the funeral home. To leave a condolence online, go to


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