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Adrienne B. Clayton

Date of Death: June 25, 2022
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Amherst Chapel
1600 Amherst Street
Winchester, VA 22601
Wednesday 7/6, 2:00 pm

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Adrienne B. Clayton, 71 of Winchester, VA passed away Saturday, June 25, 2022 peacefully at her home. Adrienne was born in 1951 in Seattle, WA the daughter of the late Vincent Marcus Paul Ofsthus and Joan Barrett Holt. She graduated from Washington Lee High School in Alexandria, VA and retired after 45 years of serviceContinue Reading

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DeLena C Widener left a message on July 6, 2022:
So sorry for your loss. She was a great person and co-worker. She will be missed
Erica Harper left a message on July 6, 2022:
In memory of Adrienne B. Clayton, Erica Harper lit a candle
Caroline Preston left a message on July 5, 2022:
I first met Adrienne about 15 years ago, after my mother decided to search for her biological parents. They were both gone, but Adrienne, my aunt, was on the other side of that search. The six of us -- my mom and dad, Adrienne, Dave, Jenn and I -- started meeting up, and soon we were spending all our holidays together. I'm so grateful for those times and for the chance to have known Adrienne. She was so witty and genuine and fun. She always managed to find something humorous to say, even when she was in pain and things were impossibly hard. She was extraordinarily generous too -- she must have spent 11 months of the year planning her Christmas presents because they were always so thoughtful and sweet. Somehow she found all the coolest talking stuffed animals to give my baby, Sophie. I wish we'd all had a lot more time together, and that Sophie could have grown up to know Adrienne. But I feel fortunate for the time we had. Sending love to Jenn and Dave.
Edmund Preston left a message on July 3, 2022:
The loss of Adrienne is deeply felt, I am sure, by everyone who was lucky enough to know her. What an extraordinary person! - love and sympathy - Edmund
Sylvia Yeager left a message on July 2, 2022:
In memory of Adrienne B. Clayton, Sylvia Yeager lit a candle
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Russell Smith left a message on July 2, 2022:
Although I never met Adrienne, I worked with her for a few years. She was so smart and always went above and beyond to help others, There was a true passion for helping others and I appreciate that so much. "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4:10 So Adrienne was a true light to ones she worked with, mentored, and shared. To her family and close friends, remember her light in her laughs, fun times, work, and love but know now that she is no longer in pain and healed forever in heaven.
Gloria Langley left a message on July 1, 2022:
In memory of Adrienne B. Clayton, Gloria Langley lit a candle
Leni Preston left a message on July 1, 2022:
Before getting to the memories, it is important to understand the back story. Adrienne and I, as half-sisters, spent much of our lives in total ignorance of each others' existence. In my case, I was the result of a youthful dalliance by our mother, , who surrendered me for adoption. Barrett then moved out west, got married and produced Adrienne and three more children before they moved back to Virginia. At six weeks, my adoption records, were sealed by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and I moved to my new home in Georgetown. All of the information contained in my records remained hidden from myself and my half-siblings for almost six decades. Barrett had died by the time, in 2006, when I first petitioned the Court to get my records unsealed and to initiate the search for my birth families. Therefore, it was Adrienne, who received the letter informing her that she had a half-sister who hoped to make contact with her. Her curiosity peaked, she and I first met when I was 59. The circumstances of the meeting were challenging. Not only because we had no idea what to expect, but also because we met in a conference room overseen by a rather cold adoption counselor. And, yet, there was no doubt of our strong family connection. When I got home that day all I could think about was, not only a physical resemblance, but more subtle similarities. These included the rhythm of Adrienne's speech, the way she spoke with her hands, and her wonderful sense of humor. And, then an email arrived from her. As I excitedly told my husband, she even wrote with the same "rhythm" that I do. As we left that first meeting, Adrienne asked where I thought we would go from here. My own hope was that we could become good friends. In fact, over the all too short 15 years that we were together I believe we became the sisters we were meant to be - making memories along the way that generally included good food and fine wine (thanks in no small part to Dave). Adrienne added enormously to the richness of my life, including the joys of a niece, and to the lives of so many others. She was bright, beautiful, witty, wise, generous in all things, and a really, really good baker. I will miss her beyond words.
Mark Haydon left a message on June 30, 2022:
I’m very sorry for your loss Jennifer and family. She couldn’t have asked for a more loving daughter who stood by her side until she passed and all the great times you had together. Her memory will live on forever in your big heart and all the special times you spent together. Please accept my condolences.
Omps Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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