Betty Jo Layland, 82, died Tuesday, April 1, 2008 in Abilene. Her graveside service, with the Reverend Kevin Uekert officiating, will be held at Noon on Thursday, April 3 in the Garden of Prayer at Elmwood Memorial Park under the direction of Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 HWY 277 South.
Betty Jo was born on February 18, 1926 in Cedar Gap, the daughter of Arthur D. Coats and Mildred Presley Coats. She grew up in Abilene and graduated from Abilene High School in 1943. During WW II she was active with the USO at Camp Barkley and worked with Western Union. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.
Betty Jo was a fun loving person who dedicated her life to taking care of her family and friends. She was constantly active in the lives of her children, from serving as room mother, to helping with homework and making many, many wonderful meals. Later in life, she cared for neighbors and friends, taking them to appointments, and making sure they had hot meals.
Survivors include daughter, Georgia Brown Jackson and husband Robert of Austin and their family, Ashly Jackson and her daughter Mya, and Cade Jackson all of Austin; daughter; Suzanne Casey and husband Gary of Abilene and their children, Daniel Casey and wife Cassidi of Dallas, Brian Casey and wife Lacey of Abilene, and Caroline Casey of Abilene.
Her husband, Leon Layland, preceded her in death.
The family would like to offer special thanks for the wonderful care given by Dr. Carolyn Aks and the staff of Hendrick Hospice Care.
Georgia and Suzanne:
So sorry to hear about Betty Jo. What great memories of such a precious lady. Thinking of you all. sue
Sue Young BargainerColorado City, TX
Betty Jo Leyland Family
Though you probably do not remember me, I am Julie HarrisonChilton, youngest daughter of William DeWitt Harrison, youngest halfbrother of Betty Jo.
I am truly sorry for your loss and truly happy for your years with her. Betty Jo was a wonderful, sincere lady. I enjoyed every conversation we had
I know now that Betty Jo, Don and my father are catching up on lost time. And, are able to visit with their beloved mother, again. May they rest in peace. Know Betty Jo was loved, appreciated and will be missed.
God bless you all. May you carry on her memory.
Julie HarrisonChilton and Family
36005 North 33rd Lane
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Julie HarrisonChiltonPhoenix, AZ
We are so sorry to hear Betty passed away. She was such a big part of growing up in Abilene and just the thought of her brings back fond memories. Our heart goes out to you as you mourn her passing and celebrate her life.
Sue and Olin Beaver
Olin BeaverFort Worth, TX
Georgia and Suzanne Im so so very sorry ofr youe loss I loved Betty so Much and I will never forget her she was a precious precious women I was so much richer for having her in my life. My thoughts and prayers are with you all .
Loving, Billy Whitis
Billy WhitisIowa Park, TX