MONTEREY, CA – Kathleen Layton, a retired Family Nurse Practitioner, died on December 8, 2013 at The Park Lane.
She and her identical twin, Ruth, were born in New Jersey in 1920. She attended New York University Business College and worked as a bookkeeper prior to enrolling in Nursing School at the Jersey City Medical Center. After her graduation, she was appointed instructor of Pediatric Nursing and Head Nurse of the Pediatric Ward. In 1943 she was commissioned as an Ensign in The Navy Nurse Corps and served at various stations in the United States and overseas during World War II.
Kathleen resigned from the Navy in 1948 to marry a Naval Officer, Donald Layton, and they became parents of seven children. When her children were all in school, she returned to Nursing, first at the Fort Ord Hospital and later as the Nurse Supervisor at the Navy Clinic in Monterey.
At the age of 50, she returned to college at Brigham Young University to do graduate work preparatory to being designated as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She served in this position at the Navy Clinic until it closed and then transferred to the Presidio of Monterey Medical Clinic where she had her own panel of patients. She retired from this position in order to accompany her husband in his overseas teaching assignments including living in South Africa for eight and a half years.
She enjoyed gourmet cooking, entertaining, and was a world traveler, having visited over 110 countries and made four trips around the world. As a Navy Nurse, Kathleen flew across the Pacific Ocean in a China Clipper flying boat. During her overseas duty, she spent two days aboard a Navy submarine at sea. Just prior to her marriage she flew in a Navy airship. She also had a flight in a helicopter over a volcano in Hawaii and, at the age of 68, she had a glider flight in South Africa.
Kathleen was a parishioner at All Saints Church in Carmel and for several years wrote and published a family magazine for the church.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Donald Layton and two of her children, Mary Reyes and Jane Merrill. She was predeceased by five children: Patricia Layton, Susan Morse, Carol Batson, James Layton and Robert Layton. She is also survived by four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Oct. 10, 2013