Darlene J Clayborn

November 15, 1937 - July 11, 2022

Darlene J Clayborn

Darlene Joanette Nash Clayborn went to the lord on July 11, 2022, at 12:16 am while a resident of Eastwood Manor in Commerce Oklahoma. Darlene suffered from Dementia and Parkinsons and after a stroke she was unresponsive and succumbed to her illnesses. She was born November 15, 1937 and was married to Wayne Ray Clayborn on September 22, 1956.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Bernadine Nash and her sisters Glenda Nash Clayborn and Shirlene Nash Poor and a niece Gina Clayborn Scroggins and her mother-in-law and stepfather in law Blanche Clayborn Shira and Elmer Shira.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Wayne Clayborn, sons Ronald Wayne Clayborn and Randall Ray Clayborn’s daughter in law Beverly Clayborn, her two grandchildren, Samantha Clayborn Segura and her husband Stephen Segura and David Wayne Clayborn and his wife Audrey Clayborn and two great grandchildren Thomas Wayne Clayborn Segura and Benjamin Parker Clayborn Segura: nieces Judy Morrow, Belinda Davis, Tonia Wilson, Jeff Clayborn and Trevor Clayborn and their spouses and children.
Darlene was a resident of Chetopa Kansas for most of her childhood and young adult life. She worked for HD Lee in Chetopa. Darlene, Wayne and their children moved to Cherryvale Kansas where they lived until retirement. In Cherryvale Wayne and Darlene resigned for HD Lee and were two of the original employees of Vallis Wngroff Inc., a business forms manufacturer in Cherryvale servicing a nationwide customer base. After 25 years of service with Vallis Darlene resigned and became a real estate agent in Grove, Oklahoma. When Wayne retired, they became permanent residents of Grove with a house on Grand Lake. After retiring as a real estate agent Darlene worked to assist Wayne and Randall to open Adventure Bicycle Center in Bartlesville Oklahoma. During that time, she also spent 4 months in Texas helping Ronald establish a CPA firm in Conroe, Texas. After Darlene became ill and Wayne was her caregiver, they downsized to a smaller one-story home between Miami and Welch OK.

Darlene was an accomplished seamstress making dresses as Christmas presents at the request of family members. She used this talent to create many intricate dresses and petticoats for her grandchild, Samantha Clayborn. Darlene began playing golf at Cherryvale Country Club and became an accomplished player, competing in local tournaments in the area.

Darlene was nominated twice for Woman of the Year by her community sorority Beta Sigma Phi while in Cherryvale. While at Vallis Wngroff she completed courses at Pittsburg State University and passed a rigorous exam earning the designation of Certified Forms Consultant at the University of Missouri. As a real estate agent, she qualified for the million-dollar club in each of the three years she was active.
Darlene was a proud member of the Cherokee Nation. She made sure her children and grandchildren were enrolled to pass that legacy on.

Darlene was loved and admired by all who knew her. Her kindness to others and her unwavering devotion to her family and friends was known to all.

Arrangement were placed in the care of Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Miami, OK. Online condolences may be made at www.paulthomasfuneralhomes.com.