The Claybanks UMC has been blessed by the Munson family who contributed financially as well as with their time and leadership for many years.
Leota (Lohman) Munson, a lifelong member of the congregation, was born without her lower left arm. She was born in 1916, became a member in 1936 and passed in 2015 at the age of 98. She was proud of her ability to function with her handicap. She could handle all domestic duties of her age, for many years provided all the strawberries for the annual Strawberry Social. Leota was a seamstress and had always made most of her clothing. She enjoyed needlework like the example hanging in the church. She was a dedicated Sunday school teacher and women’s group leader for many years.
Les was born in 1912, married Leota in 1956, became a member in 1957 and passed in 1994. He served in leadership roles and was a true church caretaker. Les was a very handy individual and made the tables that are in the fellowship hall, flower stands and took care of anything else that needed doing. He was a quiet man but it was common for him to tell a joke during the announcement time at church.
Leota was there during the lean years for the Claybanks church when only a handful attended. These were the years after separation from the Montague church when Leota, her mother Alice and Wilma Miller were instrumental in keeping the church alive. For many years Leota and Les donated the fuel to heat the church.
The Munson’s had no children, and as a last sign of her dedication to the church Leota gave her home to the church on a “life lease” deed.