|LAWRENCE LAY (18 Jun 1880 - 17 Sep 1943)|
|and his wife|
|BERTA BAILEY LAY (09 Jan 1895 - 03 Apr 1981)|
|OBITUARY: 18 September 1943
Lawrence Lay Rites Pending
Lawrence Lay, 63, a veteran Oklahoma school teacher, died unexpectedly Friday afternoon of
a heart at-tack, while en route from his home in Britton to an Oklahoma City hospital.
Lay, a native of Arkansas, moved to Oklahoma in 1902 and had lived in Britton 14 years. A
veteran of 35 years as an instructor, he had taught in many different sections of the
state, and had been employed this year as grad principal in Blanchard. He was a graduate
of the University of Oklahoma and for a number of years had been interested in progressive
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Berta B. Lay, of the home address; one son, S/Sgt. Bob
M., who is in the army overseas; and four daughters, Mrs. Margaret Young, 1738 NE 19; Miss
Ruth Lay, St. Louis, Mo., and Misses Kathryn and Frances Lay, both of the home address.
He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Maud Elton, Atlanta, Ga.; and three brothers, Floyd,
McAlester; Eldred, Harrison, Ark., and William, Yellville, Ark.
Services will be announced by the Britton Funeral Home.
Lawrence Lay was the fifth of the eight children of Dr. Shelby Lay and Margaret Younger Lay.
He received his license to teach school at 18 and from that time on he was teacher, student,
lecturer and preacher. He received his BA from the University of Oklahoma in 1918 and a Master
of Theology degree from Phillips University (Enid, OK) in 1923. At 21 Lawrence married Malissa
Sasser; they divorced in 1918. Then he married Berta Bailey. They had 5 children.
|OBITUARY: 06 April 1981
LAY Berta, age 86, died April 3. She was a retired school teacher,
member of Britton United Methodist Church, SpringCreek Home Demonstration Club. Services
will be Monday, 11 a.m., Sherman Desmuth Memorial Chapel. She is survived by sons Bob of
Choctaw, 3 daughters, Frances Morris of OKC, Ruth Stabler of Florida & Kathryn
Hollingsworth of Dallas, 15 grandchildren & 23 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death
by her daughter Margaret Young of OKC. Donations may be made to Neighbor For Neighbor
Berta Bailey Lay was the seventh of nine children born to Rufus and Elizabeth McKeage
(buried in lot 44). She also had a teaching certificate and met Lawrence while working on
her bachelor's degree. She was a teacher until the death of Lawrence then worked for a
state agency until she retired to the farm (on which Olive Hill Cemetery was located) in
1949. She worked the farm alone, delighting in her self-sufficiency until her declining
health forced her move to the city. Berta is the granddaughter of Olive Hand Bailey for
which the cemetery is named. Two of her brothers (James Bailey and William Bailey) and two
of her sisters (Sylvia Bailey and Sarah Sitlington) are also buried at Olive Hill.
|Some information about the
LAY family is on ROOTSWEB.|