Juanita May Morrow Layne
A heartfelt thank you is extended to all those who celebrated with Juanita May Morrow Layne on her one hundredth birthday. Juanita celebrated her special birthday with family on Jan. 1, 2010 and again at an open house with friends and family on Jan. 2nd. The thoughtful gifts of time, cards, phone calls and notes made her birthday everything she hoped for.
After celebrating a life well lived surrounded by her loved ones, Juanita passed away peacefully in her home on Jan. 21, 2010. She was regarded as a family treasure. The lessons she taught in her quiet way will be remembered for years to come.
Juanita was born Jan. 1, 1910 in Basalt to Harry and Hattie Morrow. Juanita married Jim Layne on October 20, 1927. Together, they had seven children. Juanita’s life and community were enriched by her volunteer work, but family always came first. Juanita was secretary for the Rifle Rural Fire Department from its onset in 1946 until 1976. She and her husband worked diligently to establish the local hospital district and she was a devoted volunteer to the Rifle Hospital Auxiliary. Juanita balanced life through her membership at the First Christian Church in Rifle. She belonged to the Home Extension Group, and was an active member in both the Jane Jefferson Democratic Women’s Party and the P.E.O. Juanita wrote columns for the Rifle Telegram and the Daily Sentinel, and composed cherished poems for her family.
Juanita is preceded in death by her husband, Jim Layne, and her three sons, Baby Keith, Gerald (Betty) Layne, Bruce Layne and one son-in-law, Les Edwards.
She is survived by her four daughters, Marlea (Phil) Antes, Shirley (David) Lawson, and Gail Coombs of Rifle, Sylvia Edwards of Mississippi, also one daughter-in-law, Betty and her twin, Barbara Martin who always considered Juanita ‘Mother’; a legacy of 17 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, 20 great-great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and countless friends.
Services will be held at the First Christian Church, 306 East 3rd Street, in Rifle on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 1:30. Pastor Dene Johnson, nephew, will preside.
‘She is a woman of strength and dignity … when she speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the rule for everything she does.’ Proverbs 31:25-26.
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