Mary Lou Layne

July 1, 1940 - March 3, 2016
Mary Lou Layne

Mary Lou Layne, age 75 of Carolina Beach passed away Thursday, March 3, 2016 at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.

She was born in Greenville, NC on July 1, 1940 to Arthur Augustus Ellwanger and Mary Louise Hinson Ellwanger.

Mary Lou was a Founding member of Holy Cross Episcopal Church where she was a member of the Alter Guild and participated in many activities at the church. Mary Lou was a Registered Nurse and was retired from New Hanover Regional Medical Center after 20 years of service. She was very involved in the Carolina Beach Community especially the Island Cottage Thrift Shop serving as President of the Board.

Mary Lou is survived by her husband, Harold A. Layne, Jr; her daughter, Leslie Wilson and sons, Cameron and Lucas; her son, Kevin Layne and daughter Ansleigh; two brothers, Robert Ellwanger (Rachel) and George Ellwanger (Irma).

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held 2 pm Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 5620 Myrtle Gove Road officiated by Rev. Richard Warner assisted by Rev. Jerry Gallagher and Rev. Andy Atkinson.

Please consider a memorial gift in her memory to Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 5620 Myrtle Grove Road, Wilmington, NC 28411.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


Saturday, March 19, 2016
12:00 AM

Holy Cross Episcopal Church - Directions
5620 Myrtle Grove Road
Wilmington, NC 28411

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  • March 08, 2016
    Joyce Ingraham says:
    She was a well loved customer of Ocean Seafood, we will miss her greatly.

  • March 07, 2016
    Betty Davis Smith says:
    Mary Lou was a school friend of mine, and in later years we became even closer friends. We have shared much fun and laughter, and she brought much joy to all who knew her. I consider it a blessing to have had Mary Lou for a friend. Rest in Peace dear Mary Lou, you will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Harold and all her family.

  • March 07, 2016
    Jim & Gerri Price says:
    Harold and family, we are so sorry for your loss. You have our deepest sympathy. You are in our prayers

  • March 07, 2016
    Hazel Webb West lit a candle:
    Lit since March 7, 2016 at 3:40:00 AM

  • March 07, 2016
    Helen Purvis says:
    She was a coworker and friend. She will definitely be missed.Always had a smile