Joanna E. Clayton of Wilmington, MA

1947 - 2021


October 14, 2021
4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Dolan Funeral Home


October 16, 2021
9:00 A.M.
Dolan Funeral Home

Joanna E. Clayton, 74, of Wilmington, MA passed away Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Winchester Hospital.

Born in Lowell, MA she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Kinney) Clayton.  She graduated from Chelmsford High School with the class of 1964. Joanna retired from the Town of Wilmington where she served as the Clerk for the Accessors office for over 20 years. She was a member of Lawrence Street Primitive Methodist Church of Lowell, MA.

Joanna is remembered by her family as being an enthusiastic republican, avid Trump supporter. Joanna’s greatest joy was traveling with her family, gathering for celebrations of loved ones, and enjoying time with her close circle of family and friends.

Joanna is survived by her son Derek and his wife Teresa Clayton of Raeford, NC, her daughters Melissa and her husband Gus Walser of Mauldin, SC, Dawn and her husband Eric McDowell of Billerica, MA, Katie Clayton of Wilmington, MA,  her brother Phillip and his wife Cynthia Clayton of Rockland, ME, her sister-in-law Ann Clayton of Chelmsford; her twelve grandchildren; Patrick and his wife Jessica Innes of Greer, SC, Christopher and his wife Katie Innes of Spartanburg, SC, Cameron Cathcart of Billerica, MA, Hailey Clayton, Kennady Clayton, Andrew Clayton of Raeford, NC, Kara Clayton of Wilmington, MA, Brieanne and her husband Karl Wobrock of Epsom, NH, Nikki Walser Doherty of Londonderry, NH, AJ Walser of Tucson, AZ, Josh McDowell, Connor McDowell of Nashua, NH, her five great-grandchildren Carson and Rory Innes of Greer, SC, Motley Carter of Spartanburg, SC, Logan Hunt of Londonderry, NH, Mason Wobrock of Epsom, NH, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

She was the sister of the late Horace and Thomas Clayton, Ethel Kennedy and Mary Lou Clayton.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to honor her love of the US military, to the Green Beret Foundation at 14351 Blanco Road, San Antonio, TX or online





Clayton, Joanna of Wilmington, MA died October 10, 2021. Visiting hours are Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Funeral is Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 9:00 A.M. at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, MA. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made in her name to the Green Beret Foundation, online ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at

7 Condolences for Joanna E. Clayton of Wilmington, MA

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    Joyce bartosh


    Joanna was such a wonderful lady. She always thought of others. The way she made Motley feel so special. I am thinking of you all. Love Jojo

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    Jeanne Bogdzewic


    So very saddened by this unexpected liss…. we were friends through facebook….she knew my husband’s family…..
    Although we never met…..she was very kind and thoughtful…..keep her memory with you always…..Jeanne Bogdzewic

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    Frank West


    Karen, Colleen, Frank Jr and I are all saddened at the passing of Joanna. We would see her at Town Hall and she always had treats for kids and the young at heart kids as well! We will miss her deeply but are glad to have known her for these many years. God bless Joanna’s family now and always! With deepest sympathy from The West Family.

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    susan and john gotham


    Cousin Joanna was a wonderful person to know…she was always there to talk to on facebook if you needed someone to talk to..she was kind and had a heart of gold…we will miss her very much and now she can rest in heaven in gods hands…with the family to greet her… God Bless Her and Her Family..

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    Danita Burks


    My prayers are with the Clayton family.

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    With my deepest sympathy for the loss or your Mom/grandmother

    Rose Azevedo

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    Fran McCarthy


    We are so sorry to about Joanna passing
    She was an awesome amazing person
    She will always be remembered by our family
    Sincerely Dave and Fran McCarthy
    God Bless ???????

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