Lois Alline Layton died Thursday, July 5, 2012, at her home near Ignacio. She was 92.
The seventh of 11 children, Mrs. Layton was born June 2, 1920, in Texas County, Okla., to Joe and Mary Thrasher. She graduated from Texhoma (Okla.) High School in 1939 and earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics and teaching from Panhandle A&M in Goodwell, Okla., in 1943.
The next fall, she began teaching at the Northfork School, a one–room school about 20 miles northwest of Texhoma that no longer exists. She taught all 12 grades. She later taught in Colorado schools in Pritchett and Vilas, where she taught high school for 20 years.
While at Vilas, Mrs. Layton met Douglas Clark Layton. The couple were married on Feb. 20, 1945, in Syracuse, Kan., and had two children.
In 1964, the family moved to Ignacio, where Mr. Layton worked as business manager of the Ignacio School District. Mrs. Layton spent 20 years as the school’s elementary school librarian before retiring in the mid-1980s after 45 years in education.
“Lois was devoted to God and her family, which included seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren,” her family said. “She never met a person she didn’t know, and she cherished everyone’s friendship.”
She loved fishing, gardening, sewing, reading, crossword puzzles, cooking, her church family and visiting the Ignacio Senior Center, her family said.
Mrs. Layton was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Douglas Clark Layton, in 1990.
She is survived by her children Joe Layton of Ignacio and Marilyn Ager of Falcon; sister Rosella Flanagan of Texhoma; brother Clarence Thrasher of Texhoma; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and adopted family and friends.
A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at the Pine River Valley Baptist Church. Pastor David McCaw will officiate.
Burial will follow at the Ignacio East Cemetery.
Donations may be made in Mrs. Layton’s name to the Hope Community Christian Academy at Bayfield Church of Christ, P.O. Box 320, Bayfield, CO 81122.