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Lindsay Clayton

June 14, 1984 ~ January 2, 2012

Lindsay Lu Netahla Clayton was born June 14,1984 at Wellington Kansas to proud parents, Mike and Lu Ann Volavka Netahla and big brother, Nathan. Nathan adored his new baby sister. She was named the “Bionic Baby” after rolling over when she was only one hour old. It was later determined she was having trouble breathing while lying on her stomach.

When she was 2 years, she followed in her big brother, Christopher’s, footsteps. She developed the same liver problem that her brother had died from in 1981. When she was 2 years and 3 months old, she was given a second chance at life. On September 20, 1986, she had her life saving liver transplant at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. She was the 50th patient and 52nd transplant. She had her share of ups and downs in the beginning. She recently celebrated her 25th Liver Anniversary on Sept. 20, 2011.

Lindsay had a love for animals like no other. She had her grandpa Jerry wrapped around his little finger. She would call him from the Sumner County Fair to come pick her up. She would always have a free cat and dog. After grandpa Jerry was gone, Nathan, took over. She even surprised him by adopting three cats instead of one. He was very surprised when she pulled cats after cat out of the pet porter. Even though grandma Shirley was in the nursing home, she even helped her. She found her beloved little Chihuahua, Sophie.

Lindsay attended Caldwell Schools. She was a member of the twelve year class of 2003. She would claim that it should be 16 year class, but she would be the only one in it. Back then no one attended 3 years of preschool and kindergarten. It was mandatory from UNMC that they attend as soon as allowed, so the parents would not shelter them. Lindsay was proud of the fact that she was named “Who’s Who” for three consecutive years. She also wrote a poem about Mike’s English Pointer, Champ. The poem made it to the semi-finalist. It was published in a poetry book. She felt very honored to receive the scholarship from the United Methodist Church.

Lindsay attended Cowley County Community College majoring in Criminal Justice. She chose the Wellington Police to do her ride along for class. She often joked that Nathan and she were so bad that they had to check into the police department when they went to Wellington. They both adored & respected the law enforcement. She was proud of being the first class to have the D.A.R.E. program at Caldwell Elementary. Her teacher was Gerald Gilky, a friend for life.

Lindsay was a worker. She never complained when it was time to do chores. She loved animals so much. She worked at Wal-Mart in Wellington until she wanted something exciting and was tired of handling money. She went to work for Southwind Casino. So she wouldn’t be around the smoke, they put her in the reconciliation department. She said ‘WOW, I’m going to work in recon!!” Recon was in a secluded area. First day she came home and declared “Instead of thousands of dollars at Wal-Mart, I now count out hundreds of thousand of dollars!” She loved it, but not the long drive. After that she worked at Karl’s Apple Market, Sykes Call Center in Ponca City, then back to her beloved Wal-Mart in Wellington. She was planning to take classes in real estate. She would have been good. She could buy, sell or trade anything.

One night while her mom was in the kitchen Lindsay said to her “Mom! There’s a guy on Facebook that said, “You don’t’ know me, but I know who you are!” Her mom said “Be careful Lindsay. You don’t know who he is.” She said, “His name is Gerald Clayton. He works for Shoffners.” He had seen her in Wal-Mart. They corresponded on the computer for over a year before they met each other at the Kansas State Fair. From that day on they were inseparable. He proposed to her on Christmas morning, 2009. They were married November 13, 2010. Her mom asked her, “You don’t want to get married on the 13th, do you?” She replied, “That’s my lucky number.” The last four digits of her Social Security Number are 1313. Mike and Lu Ann could not believe they would issue a little girl 1313. Gerald and Lindsay took a 7 day cruise for their honeymoon in March. They went to Cozumel, Grand Cayman Islands and Jamaica. Lindsay loved to travel but she was always anxious to come home. She’d say, “There’s no place like home.” She earned the nick name “Dorothy.”

Lindsay and Gerald celebrated their first wedding anniversary on November 13, 2011. On that day, Lindsay was baptized and joined the United Methodist Church. Gerald, her mom, Lu Ann, and a friend, Nancy Browning, were also confirmed and joined the church that day. She was very proud. She had recently written some items for the church newsletter. She was looking forward to doing more of this.

Gerald’s mom, Jody, introduced Lindsay to the world of model horse showing and she excelled - first meeting and attending local horse shows and winning numerous awards. She attended the North American Model National Show in June 2011 where her models won Top Ten and her draft Big and Rich took Reserve National Champion. There will be a “Lindsay Netahla Clayton Memorial Award” that will be presented annually to the exhibitor who best displays the traits that made Lindsay special and so near and dear to our hearts. The award will be presented at Tornado Alley at The OkieMo Congress Show for the first time April 28, 2012. She was to help Valerie Brunhoeber at EquiFest. Valerie is dedicating her performance in Lindsay’s memory.

Lindsay went home to be with the Lord on Monday, January 2, 2011. She passed away at her home in rural Bluff City. She was met with open arms by her brother, Christopher Michael Netahla, Grandpa Jerry Volavka, Grandpa Frank Netahla, Uncle Rick Volavka and a host of friends and relatives.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Gerald, of the home; parents Mike and Lu Ann Netahla; brother Nathan Netahla and wife Jennifer; Grandma Shirley Volavka all of Caldwell; grandma Virginia Bradley of Anthony; uncle Terry Volavka of Wichita; aunt Brenda Volavka of Caldwell; aunt Debbie Francis and husband Allan of Anthony; uncle Gary Lantz and wife Geri; uncle Dennis Lantz and wife Freda; aunt Karen Nelson and husband Rich all of Lucas, Kansas; uncle Jerry Lantz and wife Annette of Salina; uncle Larry Lantz of Atchison, Kansas; uncle Ray Lantz of Florida; aunt Judy of Georgia; Gerald’s parents Mike and Jody Kimbrell of Hanna City, Illinois; grandma Anna Issacs of Glasford, Illinois; uncle Tim Blair of Glasford, Illinois; Jason Clayton and wife Melissa of Peoria, Illinois; sister Candice Bastain of Hanna City, Illinois; and nieces and nephews Kayla, Kiana, Jamal and Anthony and a host of great aunts and uncles, cousins and friends. She will be missed by her special friends with fur, her dogs, Sophie, Sam, Shazy, Mazy and Gracie; her cat Teddy; her miniatures horses Joey and her colt, Jet, and her big horse, Diamond, and her rabbits. She was a true animal lover.

Lindsay always wanted a Christmas wedding, now she would be very proud to have a Christmas funeral service. She was so happy to have helped decorate this beautiful church.

Gerald wanted Lindsay in her favorite Eeyore hooded sweatshirt, comfy plaid pajama pants and her old cowboy boots. Her dad commented “Now she’s ready to do her chores.”

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 6, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Caldwell.

Interment will be in the Czechoslovakian Cemetery, Caldwell, Kansas.

Memorials may be given in memory of Lindsay to the Kansas Humane Society or to the S.H.A.R.E. Foundation for a memorial bench on main street.

Leave Condolences


Jim A. Fuhrmann

Family and Friends - 01/03/2012

Mike and Lou Ann, I am sorry about your loss and pray that you

will find strength and joy in the Lord and be lifted up. My thoughts

are on you right now.


Pamela S. Fuhrmann

Family and Friends - 01/03/2012

I am really sorry for your loss and you will be in my prays and thoughts. Lindsay was a good friend we shared friendship and the love of animals. I will miss her....


Jacklyn Catena

Family and Friends - 01/03/2012

I will miss Lindsay and her enthusiasm at our model shows. She was always bubbly and excited to show her models and visit with all her model horse friends.

I pray that Gerald, her parents, extended families and her many, many friends find peace during this difficult time.


Wilma Jelinek, RW & Donna McKee

Family and Friends - 01/03/2012

We are so sorry to hear of Lindsay passing away. To Gerald, Mike, LuAnn and family may you find comfort in all the memories . You are very much in our thoughts and prayers.

God bless you.


Lisa Supon

Family and Friends - 01/04/2012

I am so sorry to hear of Lindsay's passing. She was such a joy to talk with about her animals. You will truely be missed and now you are with the help with caring for his flock. God Bless


Mark and Marcy Kastens

Family and Friends - 01/04/2012

We are so sorry for your loss.


Valerie Brunhoeber

Family and Friends - 01/04/2012

Lindsay was a great friend and I will miss her soooo much!! She had intended on helping me with my first big trick riding perfornmance at the Annual Equifest of Kansas this Feburary 9th-12th. I would like to invite all of her family and friends to this performance which I will be dedicating in her memory! Its the least I can do for a dear friend! Schedule coming soon on the following site All of Lindsay's family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers in this VERY difficult time!


Kathie Henton

Family and Friends - 01/04/2012

Lindsay's death saddens my heart ... so sorry for your loss.


Jacque Calico

Family and Friends - 01/04/2012

Aunt Lu Ann & Uncle Mike & Nathan:

We are so deeply sorry for your loss. My cousin Lindsay truly an angel on earth!! We are thinking of you all constantly and praying peace in the days ahead....

Love you all,

Chris, Jacque, Baleigh, Brooke & Emily ~


Mr & Mrs Richard Nelson

Family and Friends - 01/05/2012

We were so sorry to hear the news about your loving wife Gearld and wonderful daughter Mike and Lu Ann I know God will wrap his arms around you all and give you the strenght just trust in him.I know God has her taking care of all the animals in heaven .We will miss her she kept us up on what was going on with everyone .She was a angel on earth.We all loved her.


Bruce & Sannie Wykes

Family and Friends - 01/06/2012

LuAnn , Mike, Nathan & Gerald I am so sorry for your loss Lindsey was always a very personable lady, she was a sweet heart, I have many memorys of her as a little girl living next door to us, she loved her animals thats for sure.God Bless you all,Prayers and hugs to you all. Will be thinking about you today and always,Love Sannie


Larry and Donna Graves

Family and Friends - 01/06/2012

My heart aches for your family. May God give you peace and comfort in this trying time.


Jennifer (Morrison) Barker

Family and Friends - 01/06/2012

My sympathies to the family. I remember when Lindsay was little and how adorable she was. In grade school we had fundraisers for her transplant and Lu Ann would bring her in to visit. On facebook we often chatted about our love for our animals. Thoughts and prayers for you all.


Ron and Sherri Pierson (mulvane)

Family and Friends - 01/08/2012

We are sorry to hear about Lindsay. We just heard. you all are in our thoughts and prayers....ron & sherri


Hazel Oathout

Family and Friends - 01/10/2012

Mike and LuAnn and Nathan. I just heard of Lindsays death. She was a sweet girl/woman and I enjoyed seeing her at WalMart. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love to all of you Hazel



Family and Friends - 01/20/2012

So sorry for your loss. What a beautiful soul ! May God comfort you in the days ahead.



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