Anita Clay, a beloved Registered Nurse who dedicated over three decades of her life to caring for others, passed away on January 5, 2024. Born on October 17, 1949, in Dallas, Texas, Anita brought love, kindness, and joy the lives of all those who had the privilege of knowing her.
Anita's passion for nursing was evident from an early age. She attended Lincoln High School before pursuing higher education at Texas Women's University Nursing school. Her commitment to excellence in her field was unwavering throughout her career, which spanned from 1972 to 2005. Anita's caring nature and gentle demeanor allowed her to provide exceptional care and comfort to countless patients over the years.
Outside of her nursing career, she also served in the Army Reserves. Anita found solace and joy in simple pleasures. She enjoyed walking and swimming, connecting with nature and finding tranquility in the world around her. These hobbies reflected her appreciation for a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
Being described as loving, caring, kind, gentle, and welcoming is a testament to the incredible soul that Anita possessed. She had an innate ability to make everyone feel seen and cared for. Whether it was a patient in need or a family member seeking support, Anita's compassionate nature shone through brightly.
One of Anita's proudest accomplishments was becoming a foster parent. She opened her heart and home to children in need, providing them with stability and love during challenging times in their lives. Her selflessness and dedication as a foster parent were truly inspiring.
Anita was preceded in death by her mother Rosa Mae Clay and father John Wesley Robinson. She also deeply mourned the loss of her grandson Franklin Clay Jr., whose passing left an indescribable void in her heart. Additionally, she joins her numerous siblings who preceded her in death.
She is survived by her loving husband Donald Ray Drake; sons Anthony Clay and Franklin Clay; sisters Sue Gharbin, Opel Ewing, Anna Jackson, Erma Jean Robinson, Martha Miller, and Lela Caruthers; as well as her cherished grandchildren Cameron Clay, Cree Clay, and Amazing Clay. Anita's legacy extends to a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and dear friends whose lives she touched with her boundless love and compassion.
Anita Clay will be deeply missed by all who knew her. She leaves behind a profound impact on the nursing profession and an enduring legacy of compassion that will continue to inspire others. Her unwavering dedication to caring for the sick and her ability to bring comfort to those in need will forever be remembered.
In this time of mourning, let us also celebrate Anita's remarkable life and the joy she brought into the world. Her memory will live on in our hearts as a reminder of the power of love, kindness, and selflessness. May she rest in eternal peace.