Memorial service Saturday for Jana L. Layman, 1978-2020

Family and friends will gather this Saturday to remember Jana L. Layman. Here’s the remembrance her family is sharing:

Jana Lee Layman passed unexpectedly at 41 on January 13, 2020.

She was born on September 22, 1978 in Seattle, attended Alki Elementary, West Seattle High School (1997 grad), and Northwest College of Art (Poulsbo, 2001 grad) with a BFA. She was full of joy, adventure, and fun-loving. Her family, faith, and love of nature (especially the Puget Sound beach) was the focus of her vibrant, colorful artwork – ceramic, oil painting, watercolor, etc.

Among many jobs, she was an art teacher at Shorewood Christian School, a teacher at Salvation Army, Pottery instructor at the Alki Bathhouse, and a Nanny. Hobbies included synchronized swimming, family road trips to National Parks, and singing on the worship team at church. Two mission trips to Mexico with West Side Presbyterian Church Youth influenced her faith greatly.

She was loving, accepting of everyone, and a friend to all. Her faith in God lifted her through many health problems and hardships; she genuinely valued her many friend and was committed to their lives. She is survived by her beloved young children, Serena (10) and Joshua (9), who were the center of her life, and her mother Linda A. Layman, brother Adam G. Layman, and grandmother Lois Snyder, and many other close family members and dear friends, including Jonathan. She was both an organ donor recipient and an organ donor.

The memorial service will be held at Trinity Church, 7551 35th Ave SW, on Saturday, February 1, at noon. In lieu of flowers, and if you wish, a donation may be made at

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7 Replies to "Memorial service Saturday for Jana L. Layman, 1978-2020"

  • waikikigirl January 27, 2020 (6:29 pm)

    This is so tragic and should not had happened! My heart goes out to her family, friends and especially her children.

  • Randy January 27, 2020 (6:48 pm)

    So very sad.

  • Karen Gilden January 27, 2020 (8:32 pm)

    May her memory be a blessing.

  • Beth January 27, 2020 (9:16 pm)

    Reading this just makes me so sad. :'(

  • S January 27, 2020 (10:18 pm)

    She was a dear friend, mother, daughter, and sister. And a kind and generous soul to all around her, especially those hurting or marginalized. Please carry on her legacy and be kind and generous with those who are less fortunate and unseen.

    • JC January 28, 2020 (11:27 pm)

      Great post about Jana and I agree, may we all try to carry on her legacy of helping those who need it most.  

  • Curate January 29, 2020 (10:51 am)

    Absolutely heartbreaking.

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