From an orphanage in PA to the Grande Villa in MT, John and Dona Clay are still together


August 2, 2023

Dona (nee Hitchens) and John Clay are shown in front of the Home for Orphans of Odd Fellows in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where they lived. The two were about 15 years old at the time. Within two years after this photo Dona would graduate high school and John would join the Navy.

John and Dona Clay moved to Chinook from Woodstock, Georgia in March, 2022 to be near their son John and his wife Kim and family. My wife and I first met John and Dona when they visited the Chinook Senior Center. Soon we would see them on walks around town, then more encounters at the senior center. Their friendly demeanor encouraged random chats. At some point I learned about their joint background, they met in an orphanage in Philadelphia, were married shortly after "aging out" of the orphanage and have lived, literally, all over the world. I thought their story might be of interest to "Jour...

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