Feb. 9, 1926 – Nov. 7, 2013
Clara was born in Bassano, AB to Edward and Christina Tilleman. She, and her twin sister Elsie, were the 7th and 8th children out of 10. The family later moved to Medicine Hat. Clara met Robert when he was in the Air Force at the Suffield Air Base. They were married in 1944 and started their married life in Calgary until he got his discharge in ’46 when they moved back to the farm in Rimbey with their 6 month old daughter. Their family grew to 8 kids in the next 11 years. Clara was an active partner in the farm while raising her family. After retiring from farming, she went to work and continued working until she retired for good at the age of 67. Clara really enjoyed sports. She started playing baseball as a pitcher for the Lockhart Lady Birds when the twins were still young and continued to play until she was 65. During the winter she curled. She loved to bowl, camp, fish, hunt, travel and spend time with her family.
Clara was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Robert Duncan Layton in 1996, her son Allen in 2002, son in law John Tessier in 2009, son in law Andrew Brown in 1982, four sisters and four brothers. She is survived by one sister Rosa Demaris, sister in law Mary Blake, and brother in law Hal Bodden, as well as her children Donna Pearson (Jim), Robert Layton (Mae), Harvey Layton (Lois), Heather Gudim (Rob), Christine Tessier, Tim Layton (Karen) and Tom Layton (Lyn) She is also survived by 24 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 1 great-great granddaughter and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.
Funeral Services will be held at the First Church of the Nazarene, Rimbey, AB, on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM. Expressions of sympathy may be made by visiting www.wilsonsfuneralchapel.ca
WILSON’S FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM,
of Lacombe and Rimbey in charge of the arrangements. 403-782-3366 403-843-3388
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