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Celebrating the life of

Anita Lippitt Clay

April 23, 1922 - November 27, 2022

Anita Lippitt Clay

Anita Lippitt Clay was born April 23, 1922, in Scheveningen in the Netherlands to Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell Walthour Lippitt.

In 1928, the Lippitts moved to Savannah where Anita attended Pape School. She also studied at Ashley Hall in Charleston, SC, Rosemary Hall in Connecticut and earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in music from Sweet Briar College in Virginia.

During World War II, Anita served proudly in the Army Air Corps as a corporal for two years. Returning to Savannah in 1946 when the war was over. Anita married LCDR Thomas Carolin Clay who was in the Navy. They lived many places and especially enjoyed their three years in Naples, Italy.

After Tom’s retirement, they moved back to their beloved hometown of Savannah where Anita led an active life cooking, sewing and entertaining. She was active in the Salzburger Society, the National Society of the Colonial Dames in Georgia, the Women’s Board of Bethesda, and enjoyed many volunteer activities including teaching reading to students at Christ Church and various schools. Her favorite pastime was playing her accordion with “The World Famous Crabettes,” of which she was a founding member.
She was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church for many years and loved singing in the choir. In later years, she was an enthusiastic member of Asbury Memorial Church.

Anita is survived by her three children, Stuart McGuire Clay (Carla), Henry Walthour Clay (Wendy) and Margaret Lippitt Clay; six grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.

She was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church for many years and loved singing in the choir. In later years, she was an enthusiastic member of Asbury Memorial Church.

Anita is survived by her three children, Stuart McGuire Clay (Carla), Henry Walthour Clay (Wendy) and Margaret Lippitt Clay; six grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.

Anita’s life was full of music, humor, adventure, and service to her last day. The family is deeply grateful for the support of all her family and friends, the staff at Savannah Square and Hospice Savannah.

Service of Celebration: Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 11:00 am with reception to follow.

Location: Asbury Memorial Church

1008 Henry Street, Savannah, GA

Remembrances may be made to Asbury Memorial Church.

 

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Mama and I both are so sorry for our loss of this wonderful lady. She was a remarkable person and also had a smile on her face. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Love to all of you.

- Rika Schoenke and Phyllis Steinbeck, Watkinsville, GA

The Crabettes will no longer be the same without our beloved Anita. She was such an enthusiastic member or our group, always lining up more gigs for us. We fondly called her "The General". We'll keep going but always missing her delightful character and encouragement.

- Polly Cooper, Savannah,, Georgia

Stuart , I remember meeting your mother when you and Carla and your Mother had come off the back river at AJ’s after a wonderful day of fishing. She had a wonderful life. Hang in there. Joe Inglesby

- Joe Inglesby , Savannah , Ga

I am so glad I got to know her. What a fantastic lady who lived a blessed life. She will be missed.

- Mary Pulwarty, Sav, GA

Margaret, what a full life and resounding legacy your mother leaves. I hope you take comfort in the attentive and patient care you gave her in these latter years. May Peace and the love of Christ surround you.

- Rena Patton, Richmond Hill, GA

Paul and I are so sorry for your family's loss. Anita was a great lady, and a wonderful musician as well. Surely she is now playing her accordion for the angels and the Lord! What a treat!

- Paul and Joyce Schifanelli, Savannah, GA

I am grateful for the conversations with Anita and attending the concerts at Armstrong Atlantic University with her. She to me was a pioneer of her time.

- Deborah R Stewart, Kent, WA

Our prayers are with you and your family.

- Gwen and Jerry Nutter, Albuquerque , NM

Margaret and family, we are so sorry about your mother. What a colorful life she led, and what a legacy she has left in each of you! May you find peace and comfort in the coming days. And a smile or two at the wonderful memories as they arise.

- Darlene & Tom Dean, Ft Walton Beach, FL

Stuart, Carla, and Mike, We're sorry for your loss. She must have been a very special Lady to have such great family. You'll be in our thoughts and prayers, and we hope to see you soon in happier times on the beach. Best, Austin and Clayton

- Austin Kennedy, SAVANNAH, Georgia

My deepest condolences for the loss of your mother. What an extraordinary person who lived life to the fullest! Margaret, you were more than an exemplary daughter -to the very end, you were her friend and companion. One couldn't ask for more, or better.

- Carmen M Aguirre, Savannah, Georgia

Dear Margaret and family,

- Judith Jones, Savannah , Ga

As a fellow accordionist and talking to her many times at events, even playing with the Crabettes a few times, I can say that she was one heck of a Lady and entertainer. She would always me names of the song I had just played. I met Anita at Savannah Square while I was playing for events. I will miss her.

- Robert Taylor, Savannah, GA

Ms. Margaret and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Praying that God will bring each of you peace and comfort during this most difficult time. God bless you all.

- Rita Wiggins , Bloomingdale , Georgia

I always enjoyed Anita's wit and have missed seeing her for the last few years. I'm very sorry for your loss.

- Katie Remick, Savannah, GA

Anita's presence was indeed a very special encounter - her interest in you, her encouragement, her cleverness always became the 'icing on the cake'. It always seemed at the end of group discussions, including Anita, problems seemed to be solved by clever Anita's 'hitting the nail on the head'. We will miss you, Anita.

- Joan Hester Byrd, Savannah, Georgia

What a long, interesting, productive life to be celebrated! My parents thought the world of their friends, Tom and Anita Clay, and the Lippitts. So very sorry to hear of your family loss, with the passing of this most extraordinary woman. The community at large will certainly miss her, her creativity, music, and forthrightness.

- Karin Hoffman Taylor, Woodland Park, CO

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200