Ethel Gelolah Lay, daughter of the late Lester Maize and Flossie Irene Lindsey, was born in Madison, Ill., on May 4, 1940. She departed this life at her residence in Ellington, Mo., on June 6, 2020, at the age of 80.
On September 19, 1962, in Winona, Mo., Ethel was united in marriage to Vernon Floyd “Red” Lay and to this union three children were born. Ethel was a member of the Ellington Lighthouse Temple Church. She enjoyed sewing, reading the bible, and shopping. Ethel’s greatest joy was taking care of her family.
Ethel was preceded in death by her parents, Lester Maize and Flossie Irene Lindsey, six brothers, Blackie, Dick, Lloyd, Ernie, Jeep and Jake Maize, two sisters, Sharon Martin and Pat Fann, and two twin grandchildren.
Ethel is survived by one son, Curtis Lay and wife Anita of Ellington, Mo., two daughters, Wendy Lay of Centerville, Mo., and Kim Hart of Ellington, Mo., one brother, Jack Maize of Springfield, Mo., 9 grandchildren, Dustin Martin and wife Jayne, Dylan Martin and wife Cirsten, Haley Dazey and husband Nathan, Taylor Martin and companion Courtney, Derrick Lay, Brycen Martin, Autumn Lay, Ashtyn Hart, Tatum Yardley and six great-grandchildren, Laykin, Ronan, Madison, Dawson, Justin, Christian. Ethel will be deeply missed by a host of relatives and many friends who will mourn her passing.
Visitation was held Wednesday, June 10, 2020, and Funeral was held Thursday, June 11, 2020, both at McSpadden Funeral Home, Ellington, Mo. Burial was at Polk Memorial Cemetery.
Pastor Geraldine Rains ministered to the family. Pallbearers were Dustin Martin, Dylan Martin, Taylor Martin, Derrick Lay, Brycen Martin and Curtis Lay
In Lieu of Flowers: Lighthouse Temple Church, Ellington, Missouri
Arrangements by McSpadden Funeral Home, Ellington, Missouri