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 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 Altar Guild and participated in many activities at the church. Mary Lou was a registered nurse and 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.; daughter, Leslie Wilson, and her sons, Cameron and Lucas; son, Kevin Layne, and his daughter, Ansleigh; and two brothers, Robert Ellwanger (Rachel) and George Ellwanger (Irma).
A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 5620 Myrtle Grove Road, officiated by the Rev. Richard Warner assisted by the Rev. Jerry Gallagher and the 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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