Diana Francis Layne
|Posted 2018-09-12 by mhenderson|
|Published in Today's News Herald on Sept. 12, 2018 -|
Lake Havasu City, Arizona -
Diana Francis Layne, 94, reached the end of her earthly pilgrimage on
Aug. 30, 2018 at her home in Lake Havasu City.
Diana was a first-generation American born Aug. 4, 1924 to Joseph and
Ida Gaglio in St. Louis. On April 29, 1944, Diana married Julius Price
with whom she bore three children: Jerry, Linda and Joseph. In 1952,
the family moved to Montebello, California. Diana worked for the
infamous Helms Bakery in Montebello. She could be found there
overfilling cream puffs and pies until Helms closed in 1969.
On Sept. 12, 1969, Diana married the love of her life, a vacuum
salesman named Harry (Bill, Big Dad) Layne. In addition to a garage
filled with vacuums, Bill had two sons, Harry and Richard (Genell) who
gained a mother. Diana had the idea for Bill to open a vacuum store
and Montebello Vacuum Center emerged. Diana and Bill grew their
business from a garage filled with vacuums to a statewide
distributorship. Their success enabled them to travel the world.
Diana was the epitome of an Italian woman. At her house, you weren't
fat, you were healthy. That meant "Have more food!" Diana loved
anybody and everybody unless they crossed her or her family. She was
genuine and never minced words. Diana loved to play poker. If she
wasn't playing in Vegas, she was at a poker party close to home. Diana
almost always had a steaming cup of black coffee in one hand and a
twirler in the other. Diana was truly amazing; she lived to be 94 but
was only 29 years old.
Diana is preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Ida Gaglio,
husband Harry Layne, sons Richard Layne and Joseph Price (Travis),
sisters Evelyn, Francis, Josephine and Mary, son-in-law Gary Pohlman
and daughter-in-law Genell Layne.
She is survived by her son Jerry Price (Jane), daughter Linda Pohlman
(Gary), brothers Thomas Gaglio (Francis) and Joseph Gaglio, seven
grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren
and her beloved dog Mikey Layne.
A funeral mass is Saturday, Sept. 29 at St. Gregory the Great Catholic
Church, 13935 Telegraph Road, Whittier, California, 90604. A reception
Please make donations to Western Arizona Humane Society or Hospice of
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