Clara ‘Dolly’ Layman
NORTH PORT, Fla. — Dolly’s courageous journey through Alzheimer’s Dementia ended on Feb. 22, 2013, at the Quality Health Care Center in North Port, Fla., with her husband at her side. She was 75.
Dolly was born July 11, 1937, in Manhattan, the middle daughter of Frank and Aranka (Kubinyi) Vincze. The family lived in Manhattan and the Bronx before moving to Laurens in 1947, where her father operated a dairy farm near the entrance to Gilbert Lake State Park.
Dolly graduated from Laurens Central School in 1954, and from the New York State University College at Cortland in 1958. Her first teaching job was in Schoharie. She subsequently taught school in the states of Virginia, Maryland and Maine. She had also worked at the SUNY Oneonta Writing Center and Otsego County Head Start. She retired from Morris Central School in 1997.
Dolly was an elder in the Laurens Presbyterian Church where she had been active with the Sunday school, Laurens Presbyterian Women and served on several committees.
Dolly had a beautiful voice and loved to sing. She was a member of the church choir for many years.
Dolly was a past president of the Laurens Central School Alumni Association. She also had been a member of the Oneonta Country Club, Oneonta Tennis Club, League of Women Voters, the Otsego County Retired Teachers Association, the YaYa Book Club and the Tap Works Dance Studio.
Dolly was happiest when she was spending time with her beloved family and friends.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Doug Layman of Laurens; three sons, Mark (Sue) of Rochester, Doug Jr. (Stacy) of Oneonta and Michael (Sue) of Norwich; seven grandchildren, Mark Jr., Kimberly, Ryan, Keira, David, Andrew and Emily; two sisters, Aranka (Bob) Lawyer of Richmondville and Annette (Paul) Constantine of Dansville; nephews, nieces, cousins and dear friends.
A memorial service for Dolly will be held at a later date.
Donations in memory of Dolly may be made to the Laurens Presbyterian Church, Main Street, Laurens, NY 13796, the Laurens Fire Department, Main Street, Laurens, NY 13796 or the Alzheimer’s Association of NENY, The Meadows, Suite 2, 140 County Highway 33 West, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Farley Funeral Home in North Port, Fla., is handling the arrangements.