Patricia A. Layden obituary photo
 
In Memory of

Patricia A. Layden

December 13, 1924 - January 4, 2018

Obituary


The TV image of the 50's and 60's family was a hard-working father who went off to work every day and a stay-at-home mother who took care of the house and the family. It was a pretty idyllic picture - and we were lucky enough to experience it. For us, it was our parents that made it a reality.
Our mother, Patricia Ann Layden (Pat), passed away peacefully on the morning of January 4, 2018, at the age of 93. She was born on December 13, 1924, in Peoria, IL, to Roger T. and...

The TV image of the 50's and 60's family was a hard-working father who went off to work every day and a stay-at-home mother who took care of the house and the family. It was a pretty idyllic picture - and we were lucky enough to experience it. For us, it was our parents that made it a reality.
Our mother, Patricia Ann Layden (Pat), passed away peacefully on the morning of January 4, 2018, at the age of 93. She was born on December 13, 1924, in Peoria, IL, to Roger T. and Rhea Mays Schenck. They moved to Houston where Pat graduated from San Jacinto High School and attended Rice University. She married James Martin Layden on October 3, 1947, and the couple had 3 children. Pat was the kind of mother every child deserves. She supported 2 daughters and a son in all their interests and activities: school, church, scouting, sports, cheerleading, music, ballet - whatever we did, she was there. She is probably still the longest-tenured cookie chairman the Girl Scouts at St. Bernard's School ever had. The family went boating and skiing on local Texas lakes and vacationed in Arkansas, New Mexico and Colorado. When the kids were on their own she enjoyed reading, gardening and volunteering. She and Jim loved to travel, both in the U.S. and in Europe; cruises were a favorite activity. They built a log cabin in Lake City, CO, in 1986 and eventually spent their summers and falls there. It was probably the place they loved most. But above all, family and friends were Pat's #1 priority - and she will be missed.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Jim in 2014. She is survived by her children Ann Fox and son-in-law Mike of Flower Mound, Margi White of Telluride, CO, and David Layden and daughter-in-law Ann of Prosper. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to acknowledge the huge contribution of Lear Family Staffing. Mom's caregivers were a big part of our family, and we will be forever grateful to them for their many kindnesses.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or a charity of your choice.
We will miss you every single day, Mom. And we know that you and Dad are dancing joyfully in the streets of heaven - and smiling down on all of us.
An inurnment will take place at 11:00am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 600 S Jupiter Rd, Richardson, TX 75081, on Friday, January 12, 2018. A reception will follow at the church.
Services are under the care of Sparkman Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Online condolences may be made at www.sparkmanrichardson.com.