Jennifer M. Clayton, 38, Carroll County educator

August 25, 2006

Services for Jennifer M. Clayton, a Carroll County public school educator, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Westminster United Methodist Church, 165 E. Main St.

Mrs. Clayton, who was 38, died Aug. 17 at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being struck by a car while riding her bike near New Windsor.

She was born Jennifer Michele Testa in Livingston, N.J., and raised in Millstone Township, N.J. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 1990 from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College, and a master's degree in biomedical sciences from Hood College in 1995.

From 1990 to 2000, she worked in biomedical research at Fort Detrick in Frederick. Since earning her teaching certification, Mrs. Clayton had taught science for the last six years at Shiloh Middle School in Hampstead.

An athlete, Mrs. Clayton enjoyed biking, running and swimming. She was a swim master with the YMCA and had swum across the Chesapeake Bay.

Mrs. Clayton was a member of Uniontown Baptist Church, where she active in community outreach programs. At the Westminster Church of the Brethren, she coordinated its Loaves and Fishes program for the needy.

Surviving are her husband of 13 years, Michael Allen Clayton, quality assurance chief of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick; two sons, Patrick, 8, and Jesse, 3; a daughter, Lexie, 11; her mother, Marianne G. Fords of DeLand, Fla; her father and stepmother, Fredrick Testa Sr. and Nancy Testa of East Brunswick, N.J.; a brother, Fredrick Testa Jr. of Newberg, Ore.; a sister, Margo Lee Testa of East Brunswick; paternal grandmother, Lena Testa of Hillside, N.J.; and maternal grandmother, Stephanie S. DiGiovanni of Deltona, Fla.

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