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Mary Dorothy Jacobs Layman
Birth: Jun. 16, 1912
Illinois, USA
Death: Apr. 2, 2009
La Verne
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Mary Dorothy, "Dorothy", Jacobs was born June 16, 1912, in Murphysboro, Jackson Co., Illinois and died April 2, 2009, in La Verne, Los Angeles Co., California. She is buried at Orchard Mesa Cemetery, Grand Junction, Mesa Co., Colorado.

Dorothy was the 1st born of five children of Elmer Benton & Clara Mae Betz Jacobs. Her siblings included Marjorie Catherine Jacobs (1916-1981), Donald Laverne Jacobs (1917-), Paul Edward Jacobs (1920-1997), and Elmer Benton Jacobs Junior (1924-1993).

Dorothy married Cleo Merlin Layman, on August 24, 1949 in Pueblo, Pueblo Co., Colorado.

Cleo was born February 23, 1917 in Lazear, Delta Co., Colorado. He died on November 27, 1968 in Grand Junction, Mesa Co., Colorado and is buried at Orchard Mesa Cemetery, Mesa Co., Colorado along with Dorothy.

Dorothy and Cleo raised three children: Ronald E Layman, CA; James Michael Layman, CO; and Mary Catherine Layman, CA. Dorothy and Cleo have six grandchildren: Michael, Justin, Kevin, Michelle, Amanda, Mariah.

Dorothy enjoyed both vocal and instrumental music and played piano for her church for a number of years. She encouraged her children to take music lessons.

She graduated high school at 16 and began teaching in two years. She initially taught in a rural community and had students older than she.

She went back to College after her children were in school and obtained her Masters Degree in Education at the University of Northern Colorado in reading development, because she valued the need to teach the fundamentals early, in a student's educational career.

Dorothy taught her children and students to work toward goals and to believe in their ability to overcome obstacles. Small in stature, she battled like a lioness for her children, and against those who would impose their will without reason.

She asked why, long before a future president made it a slogan and had she little patience for those who would not expand their thinking about humanity. Learning was necessary, but thinking and weighing alternatives was critical in her teaching. In her mind "Love could overcome all human frailty."

She lived her life, and taught, by example. 
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  Cleo Merlin Layman (1917 - 1968)*
*Calculated relationship

A Woman to Learn From
She Taught Us How to Live
Note: Personal thank you to Wm M Danner, for his assistance with this Memorial.
Municipal Cemetery
Orchard Mesa
Mesa County
Colorado, USA
Plot: Blk 7
Maintained by: Ronald E Layman
Originally Created by: treesandleaves
Record added: Nov 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61220221
Mary Dorothy <i>Jacobs</i> Layman
Added by: William McIntyre Danner
Mary Dorothy <i>Jacobs</i> Layman
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Mary Dorothy <i>Jacobs</i> Layman
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 Added: Dec. 4, 2013
Dorothy Jacobs graduated in 1929 from Murphysboro Township High School. She was hired to teach in the Murphysboro City School system in the fall of 1933 where she taught at both Lincoln and Logan Schools until her resignation in the spring of 1941. She w...(Read more)
 Added: Jan. 8, 2013
Your Birthday and Anniversary are celebrated by your sons James Micheal and Ronald Eugene Layman.
- Your Loving Sons
 Added: Jan. 16, 2012
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