Evely n Lay ne, 89, w ill be buried at the family gravesite in Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Thrall at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 19, 2012, with Pastor Ray Dennis officiating.

Mrs. Layne died peacefully in her sleep on April 11, in Thousand Oaks, California, with her son, Scott, at her side.

She was born April 5, 1923, in Thrall to Gabe and Emma Dooley.

Mrs. Layne grew up on the family farm and attended school in Thrall.

During World War II, she moved to Galveston to assist in the war effort and married Chester Layne.

They moved to Chicago after the war and spent the next 40 years living in the Midwest.

While living in Illinois, Ohio and Michigan, they raised two children, Janet and Scott.

In the mid 1970s, Mrs. Layne went back to school and completed her degree in nursing and started a career as a registered nurse.

In the late 1970s following her divorce from Mr. Layne, she moved to California, originally to Santa Barbara and finally to Thousand Oaks, where she was an RN at Los Robles Hospital until her retirement.

She did volunteer nursing at Goebel Senior Center in Thousand Oaks.

Mrs. Layne had a strong sense of community involvement and served for many years on the board of directors for the Oak Knoll Homeowners’ Association.

She was a devout Christian and supported many charitable causes.

Sur v ivors are a daughter, Janet Branham; a granddaughter, Allison Branham; a son, Dr. Scott Layne; two grandsons, Elliott and Ethan Layne; and a sister, Mary Harding.

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