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LAYTON, Joan Eileen (nee Smith)

December 14, 1925 – Greenwich, England
May 3, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Joan Eileen Layton passed away on May 3, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta at the age of 92 years. She was predeceased by her husband Byron in 1987, parents Christopher and Sarah Smith, sisters Pat Ashcroft and Joyce Carter, and two brothers in childhood.

Joan was born in Greenwich, London, England and worked in the Central London Financial District for 4 years during World War II. She married Byron Layton of the Royal Canadian Artillery, in May 1945. She followed him to Taber, Alberta in 1946, where she lived for the next 42 years.

During this time she and Byron were delighted to have 2 children – Ron and Wendy. She was very proud of Ron’s achievements in Air Cadets and Wendy’s musical talents and beautiful singing voice.

Joan, along with Ron and Wendy were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-saints in 1961. Byron was already a member. She served faithfully in a variety of community and Church callings and especially enjoyed teaching young people. She worked at the Barons Eureka Health Unit in Taber for 28 years.

Joan and Byron were blessed with 9 grandsons but no granddaughters to wear the beautiful christening gown she had sewn. She loved to quilt and knit. Her family members have been the recipients of beautiful handmade quilts, sweaters, toques, etc.

When Joan was 47, Byron had a massive stroke which left him nearly quadriplegic. She dedicated herself to him for the next 15 years. She made almost daily trips to Lethbridge as she continued to work in Taber. As his condition improved slightly she was able to take him home on many weekends and on short trips.

Joan loved to travel with whoever would go with her. She completed 18 cruises – on one of which she was able to take Byron.

After retiring, she moved to Lethbridge where she lived for 12 years. Her last 18 years were spent in Calgary, where she was able to enjoy some of her family. Her last cruise was in celebration of her 90th birthday.

Joan is known for her remarkable memory. She loved to share her life stories. She was often asked to share her experiences of World War II.

She will be greatly missed by family and friends who loved her.

Joan is survived by, her sister Theresa Bishop in England; children Ron (Linda), Wendy Thomas; Layton family grandchildren, Jared (Alexa), Brett (Cora), Davin, Troy (Jamie), Wade (Jamie), Thomas family grandchildren, Jason (Deb), Shaun, Christopher (Steph), Tyler (Katie), Layton family great-grandchildren, Ava, Tana, Soren, Ivy, Smith, Isaac, Amelia, Abigail, Caleb, Eden, Jordan, Christopher, Sydney, Rachel, Quinn, Allie, Cooper, Thomas family great-grandchildren, Emily, Hudson, Tori, Max, Matthew, Allison, Michelle, and Chloe.

Funeral Services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Panorama Chapel (155 Panamount Blvd NW, Calgary), on Friday, May 11, 2018 with a viewing prior to the service from 9:00- 9:45 a.m., followed by the funeral at 10:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Taber Memorial Gardens, Taber, AB on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Joan Layton, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Lee and Anne Ashcroft

    Ron, Linda, Wendy, Harvey and families, our deepest condolences on the loss of your mom, Nana (Grandma) and Great Grandma. She loved all of you so very much and always told us of her grandchildrens accomlpishments. She was very, very proud of all of you. God bless her on her next journey.

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  2. Joan was a spirited lady and I always enjoyed the opportunities I had for a chat. Our sincere condolences to your family.

    Debby and Ron May

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  3. Sheila (Mereski) Heck

    I remember all of you so well, and the good times we had together as kids. Byron was a close friend to my dad. I am glad that Joan had a long and lovely life. May you be her legacy. On my behalf of my family, please accept our condolences.

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  4. Love to all the Lsyton family.

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  5. Warren plewright

    Joan we love you.
    Your a grand ole gal
    We will miss you. Loved visiting with you and hearing that laugh.
    Love to the Layton family. ❤️

    Warren, Sarah and James Plewright

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  6. Betty Layton Bird

    Ron and Linda and Wendy and family. Aunt Joan will be missed. She was a great lady. I remember all the times I spent at her home with you guys. It was fun to be there and Aunt Joan was always welcoming. May the Lord be with you today and always.

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