Sylvia Dahmes Clayton On November 12, 2011 Sylvia Dahmes Clayton, WASP Class 43-5, climbed into the P-51 she so dearly loved and left the bonds of this earth soaring into the sun. Little Sylvia, as she was known to her bay mates, had the good fortune to fly most of the planes in the US inventory while a WASP. It was the P-51 Mustang that set her back in her seat and captured her heart, until, the love of her life, Harry Clayton, stole it away. Married to him for more than 50 years, their love for each other only grew stronger. Toward the end of his life, she truly cared for him "in sickness and in health", until he was called. Perhaps one of her biggest disappointments was her inability to attend the presentation ceremony of the Congressional Medal of Honor made to the WASP in 2010. Her granddaughter attended the ceremony in her stead. Emiley and her great-granddaughter, Abigail, were able to present the medal to her in a private ceremony, which probably meant more than the actual trip to Washington, DC. As an active member of the WASP sorority, she attended the reunions until her health prevented the trips, though she was always there in spirit. In July of 2011, at the age of 91, the personnel of Watermark and the Fountains arranged for her to fly again. As soon as the wheels left the ground, the pilot turned the controls over to her and her face lit up as she guided the plane around the area for almost an hour. Her one comment was "Why is this plane so slow?" The Minnesota farm girl heritage that made her a good WASP imbued her values into to her surviving children, Robert and Sharon and her granddaughter, Emiley. A Tucson resident for more than 50 years, Sylvia was active for most of that time in the Casas Adobes Congregational Church. She made many friends there and at the Fountains, as well. She was active in PEO and American Business Women's Association for many years. As she grew older, life became more difficult. Sylvia was ready to join Harry, her husband and we are saddened that she is gone. We are happy to have been a part of and shared in her remarkable life. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Planned Parenthood, The Alzheimer's Foundation or Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired in her name. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Avalon Chapel. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 17, 2011 at Casas Adobes Congregational Church.