Logan Herald Journal, 09/19/13
HYRUM — Ruth Pratt Layne, 87, stepped out of this earth life and proceeded on with her journey on Sept. 15, 2013. She was rewarded with a glorious reunion with her precious loved ones, waiting for her with open arms, after valiantly enduring all the struggles of cancer and old age. She always tried to display a positive attitude and was very grateful for all her many blessings. Ruth was born Sept. 17, 1925, in Preston and passed away two days short of her 88th birthday. Her parents were Samuel Ray and Thelma Chadwick Pratt. She was the oldest of eight children. Her mother and youngest brother passed away when she was only seven years old, leaving her with many adult responsibilities. She was raised by her grandmother Ruth Chadwick Larsen. She attended school in Preston, where she graduated from high school. She married Delbert R. Layne in 1945, and they made their home in Ogden for the next eight years. They lived in Preston for one and a half years and then moved to Hyrum, where she lived the remaining years of her life. They were blessed with nine children, seven daughters, and twins, sons who passed away at birth. Her large, wonderful family brought her much happiness! She had 34 grandchildren, 21 greatgrandchildren and five greatgreat grandchildren. In the past year, she was blessed with nine new babies to add to her wonderful family heritage. New babies were the light of her life and would always bring her pure joy as she would hold and adore them. Ruth loved to serve and help others. She was faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in the primary for many years as well as the Sunday school and Relief Society. She served two missions, one in Tucson, Ariz., and the other in Macon, Ga. Being a missionary and sharing the gospel was very important to her, and she loved to share her experiences with everyone who would lend a listening ear. She loved reading, writing in her journals, good music, flowers, hummingbirds, sunsets, the mountains, the ocean, attending the temple and her family. She is survived by her children, Rieta Leatham of Hyrum, Thelma Layne of Providence, Debra (Thane) Ellis of Farr West, Darlene (Warren) Myers of Logan, Delsa (Larry) Gull of Ogden, Chuck Gee (Mom’s adored son-in-law and Eva’s beloved husband) of Uinta, Vonda (Darrel) Wiser of Nibley, sister LaRae (Bob) Rouse of Pocatello, brother Derl (Brenda) Pratt of Loveland, Colo. She is preceded in death by her husband, Delbert Layne, daughter Eva Gee, sons Larry and Garry Layne, grandson Jeremy Halladay, three sisters, two brothers, her parents and grandparents.
Funeral services will be noon Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Hyrum LDS Church, 95 N. 600 West, Hyrum. There will be a viewing before the services from 10:30-11:30 am. A viewing will also be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 at the Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 E. Center St., Logan. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.allenmortuaries.net