Faye Christine Avril Layne, 68, of McMinnville died Sunday, July 29, at River Park Hospital.
She was born Aug. 10, 1943, in Davidson County and was preceded in death by parents William B. and Vera Winchester Avril.
Survived by devoted husband of 49 years Rev. Larry C. Layne, of McMinnville; son, Timothy Mark Layne (Lois), of Franklin; daughter, Vivian Elizabeth Layne Spencer (Darrel), of New Johnsonville; grandchildren, Andrew Mark Layne, of Franklin, Layne Madden Spencer, Campbell Winchester Spencer, and Lottie Faye Spencer, of New Johnsonville, sisters Nancy (Buddy) Clark, of Hermitage and Doris (Howard) Jenkins, of Pendleton, S.C., and brother James (Judith) Avril Sr., of Brentwood.
She loved life and was a colorful dresser. She was a risk taker. Being a great organizer was one of her spiritual gifts, along with her love for people and a listening ear for many throughout the various places of ministry she and her husband served together. Her gradual loss of vision and deteriorating health, she kept her innate independence and the incentive to be creatively motivated, known to those who knew her best.
In 2006, she was diagnosed with pancreatic/ liver cancer, which opened the door for a Prayer Shawl Ministry at McMinnville First United Methodist Church, and which Faye coordinated until the time of her death. From its inception, it flourished and reached out throughout the USA and around the world.
Services will be held in the Sanctuary of Andrew Price Memorial United Methodist Church, Donelson at 2 p.m. today with interment at Greenlawn South Court section of Spring Hill Cemetery, Madison. Officiating will be Bishop William W. Morris, Dr. Rev. Garry Speich, Rev. Melisa Derseweh, and Rev. John W. Vaughan. The Layne family will receive friends today from 1 to 2 p.m. at Andrew Price United Methodist Church, 2846 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, 37214. Church telephone is 615-883-2321.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lions Club International Research for Blindness, Prayer Shawl Ministry, McMinnville First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Main Street, McMinnville, or to the American Cancer Society.
McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Aug. 1, 2012