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1945 Julia 2024

Julia Mae Clay

June 9, 1945 — February 15, 2024

New Iberia

Julia Mae Clay, a beloved widow, mother, grandmother, passed away peacefully on February 15, 2024, in New Iberia, Louisiana. She was truly remarkable woman who touched the lives of all who knew her with her sweet and caring nature. Julia will always be remembered for her unwavering faith in God and her commitment to keeping her family together. Her legacy of love and devotion will live on forever.

Julia was born on June 9, 1945, in Weeks Island, Louisiana. She was the daughter of Lawrence and Lillie Mae Chenet. From an early age, Julia exhibited a deep sense of compassion and a strong connection to her faith. She had a kind heart and a gentle soul that radiated warmth wherever she went.

Julia's most cherished moments were spent with her children and grandchildren. She adored being surrounded by their love and laughter, creating precious memories that will be forever treasured. Her dedication to family was unwavering, as she tirelessly worked to ensure their happiness and well-being. Julia's selflessness and unconditional love were evident in every moment she shared with her loved ones.

Throughout her life, her faith was an integral part of her identity, guiding her actions and providing comfort during challenging times. Julia found solace in prayer and drew strength from her relationship with God.

Julia leaves behind a loving family who will forever hold her dear in their hearts. Julia is survived by her children: sons, Robert Clay, III and Mariko Clay of Jeanerette, LA; daughters: Theresa (Donald) Guy of Youngsville, LA, Lakiesha (Avery) Hines of Youngsville, LA; Martha (Shawn) Ayro of Lydia, LA, Melinda Clay (Juan Hogan) of New Iberia, LA, Christina Clay (Joshua Ayro) of New Iberia, LA, Sheka Brooks and Diedra Archangel.

Julia was the cherished grandmother of 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, who brought immense joy and pride to her life. Their laughter and love filled her heart with sheer happiness. Julia's legacy will continue through the generations to come, as she instilled in each grandchild the values of kindness, faith, and family.

Julia was also a beloved sister to seven sisters: Hilda Mae Phillips, Katherine Rhine Schennette, Gloria Brown, Dores Wiltz, Susan Fusilier, Ann Chenette, Linda Jones; and two brothers: Lawrence Chenet Jr. and Raymond Chenet. She held a special place in her heart for her maternal grandparents Kate and Earl Phillips.

Special thanks to a long-time friend and caregiver, Edda Brown and also Hospice of Acadian for their care and kindness.

She was preceded in death by her late husband Robert Clay, her parents, Lawrence and Lillie Mae Chenet, two of her daughters, Barbara Clay and Lisa Chenet; seven sisters, Hilda Mae Phillips, Katherine Rhine Schenette, Gloria Brown, Dores Wiltz, Susan Fusilier, Ann Chenette, and Linda Jones; two brothers, Lawrence Chenet, Jr. and Raymond Chenet; and maternal grandparents, Kate and Earl Phillips.

A visitation will be held on February 24, 2024, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Macedonia Baptist Church located at 143 Prevost Road in Baldwin, Louisiana. This will be followed by a funeral service starting at 1:00 PM in the same location. Friends and family are invited to attend both events to pay their respects and celebrate Julia's beautiful life.

In addition to her immediate family, Julia is survived by a host of nieces and nephews who were touched by her love and guidance throughout their lives. Her influence will always be remembered and cherished by those fortunate enough to have known her.

Julia Mae Clay was an extraordinary woman whose impact on those around her cannot be overstated. She brought love, compassion, and faith into the lives of everyone she encountered. Her unwavering commitment to family and her strong relationship with God serve as an inspiration to us all. Julia's memory will forever shine brightly in our hearts, reminding us to live with the same love and grace that she so beautifully exemplified.

Julia Mae Clay's departure from this world leaves a profound void, but her spirit will forever live on. May she rest in eternal peace, knowing that her legacy of love and devotion will never fade.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Saturday, February 24, 2024

11:00am - 1:00 pm (Central time)

Macedonia Baptist Church

143 Prevost Road, Baldwin, LA 70538

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Funeral Service

Saturday, February 24, 2024

1:00 - 2:30 pm (Central time)

Macedonia Baptist Church

143 Prevost Road, Baldwin, LA 70538

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