Jacksonville Loses its Londoner
Longtime Jacksonville resident Geraldine (Gerri) Layell, a dedicated and decorated civil servant and a passionate advocate for public education and the importance of our nation's libraries, passed away on Friday, August 15 at age 70.
Born in England in 1943, she worked on assignment for the United States Foreign Service in London.
While there, she met and married an American (USMC) and moved to the United States, eventually settling in Jacksonville, where she raised a family and dedicated herself to contributing her time and talents to the Onslow community.
A great lover of literature and art and a master of Latin, she served for more than 20 years as library assistant at Camp Lejeune Dependent's Schools (recently retired) as well as devoting her free time for a dozen years at Onslow County Public Library.
A devout Catholic, she was an active member of Infant of Prague Church, both as a lector and faith formation catechist. She was personally recognized by then Governor James Hunt for her outstanding disaster relief volunteer service during Hurricane Fran in 1996.
She is best remembered as a wonderful lioness of a mother of three sons and a selfless, loving grandmother to five grandchildren. She is so dearly missed by family, friends, church and community.
Funeral service will be held Monday, August 18, at 6 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville. There will be a memorial Mass Tuesday, August 19, at 11 a.m. at Infant of Prague Catholic Church.
All are welcome to attend both services.
Condolences may be left for the family at Jonesfh.org and JDNews.com.