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Saturday, February 13, 2016

UPDATED Obituary: Betty Jean Yaw Layfield, 76, Bolivar


BOLIVAR — Betty Jean Yaw Layfield passed away Wednesday (Feb. 10, 2016) at Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, following a lengthy and courageous battle with COPD. Betty was born May 6, 1937, a daughter of the late Glenn and Loretta Yaw, in Canandaigua. Betty spent her early youth living in Naples until her family moved to Wellsville in the 1940s. She was a 1955 graduate of Wellsville High School. In 1956, she married Wilson “Bill” Layfield, who predeceased her in 2005. Betty was the mother of three sons, Joel (Kimberly) of Bolivar, John of Allentown and Glen (July) of Scio. Although she would have considered herself a lifelong resident of the area, she did spend a few years in Louisiana, Alabama and Virginia. In addition to her parents and husband, Betty was predeceased by her only sister, Carol Williams; a granddaughter, Melissa; and a great-grandson, Garrett. In addition to her sons and daughters-in-law, Betty is survived by 12 other grandchildren, Dean (Hope), Kristen, Lynne (Brad), Amber (Jeff), Joshua, Macey, Johnny, Job, Glen (Heather), Guy, Craig (Cayla) and Kyle (Krystal); and nine other greatgrandchildren. Betty is also survived by several nieces, nephews, many friends and business associates. Countless others knew her as “Mom,” “Grandma” or “Aunt Bet.” She was an active volunteer for a variety of youth programs — Scouts, youth league sports and ministries for children. In addition to her role as wife and mother, Betty worked in various jobs throughout her years. She worked a short time in the office at Worthington Corp. She was a teacher’s aide briefly in Montgomery, Ala., and then obtained her Realtor’s license and worked in real estate in Alabama. Returning to Allegany County in the 1970s, she helped her husband start Bill’s Used Cars and continued to work in various other jobs. She again worked as a teacher’s aide in Allentown (Scio Central School) and Wellsville (Trinity Day Care) in New York. She worked as a car salesperson for Harrison Ford in Wellsville, but she spent most of her sales career selling maintenance and manufacturing supplies for Bowman Distributions and Lawson Products, retiring at age 75. She also continued Bill’s Used Cars with her son Joel and volunteered at her son John’s Allegany Memorial Speedway, selling tickets until her health no longer permitted it. Betty was a member of the Scio Church of Christ and was a passionate supporter of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs at Jones Memorial Hospital. Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Scio Church of Christ. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday (Feb. 15, 2016) at the church. Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar. Her son, the Rev. Glen Layfield, will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Scio Church of Christ or a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville.