Sonia Marilyn Roach Clayton entered the stage of history sixty-four years ago; and played her role exceedingly well. Now, like the end of a play, the curtain falls, she moves through the exit; the drama of her earthly life comes to its close. She is now committed back to the eternity from which she came.
Sonia Marilyn Roach Clayton, was born in the Parish of Manchester, Jamaica on March 29, 1957 to Gwendolyn Burton Palmer and the late Roderick Roach.
Sonia Marilyn Roach Clayton, grew up in Johns Hall, attending Nazareth All-Age School, Riggs Commercial Institute and West Indies College. Upon completion of her formal education, she ventured to work with the Ministry of Agriculture in Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica, prior to immigrating to New York where she joined her mother.
Sonia Marilyn Roach Clayton was a very hard and dedicated worker who demonstrated team spirit, dependability and excellent leadership qualities at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital System and the now defunct Abraham & Straus, a former major New York City Department Store. On the job, Sonia was known to possess a positive attitude and treated her co-workers with kindness and respect.
Family played a very pivotal role in Sonia’s life. Sonia was married and that union produced her two lovely children, Dane and Sherene. Her children were the flowers that decorated her life in good and bad times; even gave her many hours of joy and comfort--even in the last days of her lifetime.
Sonia Marilyn Roach Clayton, grew up in a household where she was surrounded by the love of her grandmother, uncles, aunts and cousins where unconditional love and support was always present. Love in the household was demonstrated to Sonia not only in words but also in action.
One of Sonia’s most remarkable characteristics was that she had a deep christian faith. She has spent many hours in prayers. Her faith was indeed tested many times. In difficult moments, she turned even more fervently to her faith not away from it; and credited much of this to her praying grandmother and her staunch Moravian faith.
Today, while we mourn her passing, let us celebrate her life and legacy, because our dear sister enjoyed serving her Lord, dancing, partying and had a fine taste which she portrays in her timeless attires and selective venues for even the simplest of activities.
To honor and cherish her memory are her: mother, Gwendolyn Burton Palmer, children Dane and Sherene, sisters Diane, Sheida, Devie, Raquel and Marsha and brothers Paul, Patrick and Robert, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and numerous friends.
Sonia Marilyn Roach Clayton, transitioned on April 13, 2021.
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