Alice Hazel Bray Barden, 90,

Published 4:06 pm Thursday, May 16, 2013

RICE, May 16 – Alice Hazel Bray Barden, 90, of Rice, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in Farmville. She was born March 8, 1923 in Union Level to the late William Robert and Nannie Tricky Bray. She graduated Lawrenceville High School in 1941 and went on to complete Pan American Business School in Richmond. She was the widow of William Nelson “Doc” Barden.

Mrs. Barden worked at the shoe factory and as a quality inspector for Stackpole. She loved her friends at River Ridge, flower gardening, fishing and especially camping at Lake Gaston. Mrs. Barden enjoyed playing the piano and painting. She loved people and never met a stranger.

She is survived by her children, William Wayne Clayton (Fran) of Cumberland, Robert Sterling Clayton of Suffolk, Gordon Ray Clayton (Cathy) of La Crosse, Nancy Clayton Moorefield (Bodie) of Cumberland, Brenda Clayton Nine (Theodore) of Youngsville, NC and Janet Clayton Loeser (Helmut) of Rice; eleven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren and a great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, granddaughter, Melissa Carroll Spillman, sisters, Esther Crocker, Matilda Kohout and Nan Britt and a brother, Jack Bray.

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A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 18, at 2 p.m. at Grove United Methodist Church in Cumberland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery Association.

Shorter Funeral Home, Farmville, is serving the family.