Nancy T. McClay

Jul 11 1937
Nov 14 2022
85 Years
Parkesburg, PA

Nancy T. McClay, 85, of Parkesburg, passed away on Monday, November 14, 2022, in Coatesville, PA. She was the wife of the late John W. “Jack” McClay who passed in 2013. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Malcolm G. and Mildred Walpole Townsend.

Nancy was an area resident all her life. She graduated from Parkesburg High School in 1955 as class valedictorian. She was a member of Our Lady of Consolation Church in Parkesburg. She worked as a secretary for the Octorara School District. She was “Miss Nancy”, a daycare teacher at Curiosity Corner from 1993 until her retirement in 2008.

Nancy enjoyed reading, family gatherings, vacationing at the beach, and shopping for gifts for her family.

She is survived by her children, Michael McClay and wife Debbie of Parkesburg, Barbara McClay of Christiana, and David (Ellie Ratigan) McClay of Chester Springs; grandchildren, Lauren, Courtney, Michael, and Kallie; great-grandchildren, Joshua, James, Michael, Mason and Aubrey; and siblings, Donald M. Townsend of Sarasota, FL, Harry R. Townsend of Lexington, KY, and Joyce Townsend Oakes of Largo, FL. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Lori McClay.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, 603 W. 2nd Ave., Parkesburg, at 10:30 a.m. with visitation starting at 9:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Parkesburg Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of followers, memorial donations can be made to Promedica Heartland Hospice. To donate please click HERE. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg. Online condolences can be posted at

Service Date: 
Nov 19 2022 - 10:30am
Service Location: 
Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church Parkesburg, PA


Mike, Barbie, and David

I'm so sad to hear of Nancy passing.  Nancy and I worked together at Octorara. We hit it off right away. We laughed and cried together and maybe we even gossiped a little.  I never heard a cross word come out of Nancy's mouth. She was sweet and became a good friend.  

Kids, i'm sure you know your mom loved you very much. She talked about you and your dad a lot.  Always so proud of each of you. I'm sure she is very happy right now seeing and catching up with your dad and Laurie.

Rest in peace Nancy, we will see you in eternity.

Mary Lou

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Dear Joyce & all the Townsend & McClay family, I’m so sorry for the loss of Nancy. I’ve know her for the majority of my life. I was at her wedding when I was a little girl along with Joyce. When I think of her I’ll always remember her laughing & teasing all of us( especially Joyce)! She will be very missed by all who knew her. God bless.  Jody

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Dave, Kallie, Barbie and Mike, I am so very sorry for your loss. Your mom / grand mom was a wonderful lady, always so kind. Please know that I am thinking of you all in this tough time and am sending good energy to you and family. Sincerely, Andy Schroder


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Dear Barb Mike and families 

So sorry for your loss. So many great memories of Nancy and 4th Avenue 

Love Barb 


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Dear Mike, Barb, David & families,

A mother is very precious. Sending deepest sympathy to your family. God is our refuge & strength. 

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