Lou Mary Clark Layman
Lou Mary Clark Layman died Oct. 16, 2011 in Rifle, Colorado. Lou was born in Burns, Colo. to Ethel Barbara (Woodward) Clark and Gaylord Asher Clark. She graduated from Gypsum High School in 1950 as Mary Louise Clark. After attending Colorado State College of Education for two years she moved to Minneapolis, Minn. for a year, then returned to live in Denver, Colo. While working in Denver she met and married Charles Casper Lehman, Jr. in 1954. Their son Charles Russell Lehman was born on Oct. 31, 1955. Their daughter Gayle Ethel Lehman was born on July 6, 1957. Lou and Chuck divorced in 1977.After graduating from the University of Colorado School of Journalism in 1975 Lou was hired by the National Park Service as a writer/editor. Her government career took her to Butte, Mont.; Casper, Wyo. and back to Denver where she retired in 2003. She loved working for “Uncle Sam”.Lou’s heart was always on the Western Slope of Colorado so her move to Rifle, Colo. in 2005 was like going home. She was so happy to see the mountains every day. Writing was Lou’s passion. She wrote poems about everything and was active in Wyoming Writer’s, Inc. Lou always had a dog and most became subjects in her poetry and stories.She is survived by her sister Barbara Jean Waldvogle, nephew Mike & Linda Waldvogle of Evergreen, Colo.; niece Robin (Waldvogle) & Joe Kemp of Palmer, Alaska; son Russ Lehman of Denver, Colo.; daughter Gayle Lehman of Steamboat Springs, Colo. and grandnephews Nathan and Daniel Waldvogle, Jared Kemp and Norman, her dog.Following cremation her family will scatter the ashes at one of her favorite locations next summer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks contributions to be made to the Denver Dumb Friends League.
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