Elizabeth (Betty) Layda, a resident of Darien since 1956, passed away Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 at Brighton Gardens in Stamford. Born on Dec. 31, 1917 in Stamford, she was the daughter of the late Ernest Ott and Rose (Bolsegar) Seidel. She was 96.

Mrs. Layda graduated from Stamford High School and was a longtime parishioner of St. John Episcopal Church in Stamford.

She is survived by her three children, Deanna Raffaele and her husband Robert of Clearwater, Florida.; Betty Jane Conners and her husband Michael of Stamford; and Gary Layda and his wife Linda of Nashville, Tennessee. She is also survived by a daughter-in-law Patricia Layda of Canfield, Ohio; and 10 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Louis John Layda; a son Louis J. Layda and a sister Gretchen Betz.

The family will receive friends at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien on Monday, Oct. 13 from 10 to 11 a.m. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Fairfield Memorial Park in Stamford.

Memorial donations may be made to St. John Episcopal Church, 628 Main Street, Stamford, CT 06901 or to Masonicare Home Health & Hospice, 535 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 101, Norwalk, CT 06854.

— by The Darien Times