Clayton, Tiffany

Mrs. Tiffany Shemwell Clayton, age 35, of Murray, Kentucky, died Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

She was born in Murray, Kentucky on September 19, 1983.Tiffany was a graduate of Murray State University earning her Bachelor's in Elementary Education and her Master's in special education. She was a licensed customer service representative for Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Company in the Calloway County office and was a member of the Murray First United Methodist Church.

Community involvement was key to Tiffany's life as she served as the Murray-Calloway County Relay for Life Survivor Chair for six years as she reached out to cancer survivors, like herself, and brought joy, hope and love to each one as they battled and fought that terrible disease. Additionally, she would spend hours upon hours creating, decorating and setting up each year's event.

Another passion for Tiffany was all the children she came in contact with during her years of teaching in area elementary and middle schools, and especially serving the children and youth of Murray First United Methodist Church. Tiffany served over 20 years as Sunday School teacher to the preschool students and spent time assisting the United Methodist Youth with programs on Sunday and Wednesday night and annually with Vacation Bible School as the crafts director. While no child was biological, they all were her children as she nurtured and cared for each one as if they were her own and she was theirs.

Most importantly, God and her family were the top priorities in her life as her love shined through daily whether it be her creations that she was so happy to make for those she cared about from shirts, mugs, ornaments and hundreds of decorations; beig in charge of the church's layette ministry which provided newborns and their mothers with much needed supplies as they went home from the hospital; helping guide devotionals, activities and fundraisers with her church circle, Friendship Hannah; spending as much time as she could in church and around her church family while constantly professing her faith to all those who needed to hear it or simply needed a friend, she was always there and would always go above and beyond in whatever situation arose.

Being with family at all times was so vital as she cherished every moment she had with her mother at their furniture store as they help raise her niece, Mira, whom she loved unconditionally and eternally, as well as with her father, Ronnie, husband, Aaron, her brother Worth, sister-in-law Kendra, and family and friends around the country as they took trips, gathered at community events, enjoyed holidays and meals while they made everlasting memories every second that will be cherished forever.

She is preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Lilburn "Blackie" Shemwell and her maternal grandparents, Pat and Dortha Carraway.

Tiffany is survived by her husband, Aaron Clayton of Murray, Kentucky, whom she married in Murray, Kentucky on June 25, 2011; her parents Ronnie and Terese (Carraway) Shemwell of Murray, Kentucky; one brother, Worth Shemwell and wife Kendra (Bryant) of Murray, Kentucky; paternal grandmother, Blanche Shemwell of Murray, Kentucky, one niece, Mira Jones Shemwell; as well as several cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Rick Dye and Rev. Jim Stahler officiating. Burial will follow in the Murray City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018 after 5:00 p.m. at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home and a visitation will be held prior to the funeral service on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the First United Methodist Church, 503 Maple Street, Murray, Kentucky 42071 or to Calloway County Relay for Life, Att. Janel Tate, 3140 Parisa Drive, Paducah, Kentucky 42003.

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Published 12:00 AM, Thursday Dec. 06, 2018
Updated 03:57 PM, Thursday Dec. 06, 2018

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