Mrs. Elaine S. McClay, LCSW, passed away on February 22, 2013. Elaine was a salutatorian of the Class of 1967 from Iberville High School in Plaquemine, LA.
She was awarded a National Merit Scholarship and matriculated at Fisk University in Nashville, TN where she received her B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology. Additionally, she received her Master's degree in Social Work from Smith College in Northampton, MA and became an exchange student at Whittier College in Whittier, CA. Elaine further enhanced her clinical skills by obtaining her license as a clinical social worker (LCSW). Elaine dearly loved her family. She was married to Dr. Wilbert McClay Jr., M.D. and from this union there were two sons: Dr. Wilbert A.B. McClay, Ph.D. of Baton Rouge, LA and Akil Z. McClay, M.S., M.H.A of St. Louis, MO. Through her love, devotion, and leadership she nurtured her sons to academic success: Wilbert A.B. McClay, Ph.D. achieved his B.A. in Mathematics from Brandeis University and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Tulane University and Akil Z. McClay achieved his B.A. in Psychology from Southern University, his M.S. in Neuroscience from Tulane University, and his Masters in Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.) from the University of Missouri. Mrs. McClay, LCSW, worked as a clinical social worker for 35 years and worked for various organizations including Family Services of Greater Baton Rouge and recently for the CARP Foundation. Elaine performed numerous community service activities. Elaine is survived by her spouse Dr. Wilbert McClay Jr., M.D.; her sons Wilbert and Akil; siblings Charles E. (Rosalind) Stewart, San Francisco, CA; Bessie Young, Brusly, LA; Bernice S. Carter, Baton Rouge, LA; Stanley (Liz) Stewart, Denver, CO; Velma Stewart, Addis, LA; Myrtis (Richard) Piper, Baton Rouge, LA; Curtis (Bev) Stewart, Lafayette, LA; Mildred Stewart (Joe) Hall, Pueblo, CO; Don (Jocelyn) Stewart, Richmond, TX; John Stewart, Baton Rouge, LA; two aunts, Mary C. Craig, Baton Rouge, LA; Bernadine Stewart Hill, Denver, CO; 23 nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Elaine was preceded in death by her parents John E. Stewart and Velma Craig Stewart, her brother Earl Stewart, and four nieces and nephews. Services for Elaine McClay were held at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 185 Eddie Robinson Sr. Dr, Baton Rouge, LA on March 1, 2013 at 11am. Viewings were held at Hall Davis Funeral Home, 9348 Scenic Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA on Thursday February 28, 2013 from 1-5pm and at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church on Friday March 1, 2013 from 9-11am. Arrangements with Hall Davis and Sons Funeral Home. Elaine will be deeply missed and her memory will live on through her family members.