Shelley Ann Layne, 45 of New Orleans, Louisiana, passed away unexpectedly on June 7th, 2023. She graduated from L.W. Higgins High School in 1996. She was currently attending nursing school at Delgado Community College.
Shelley is predeceased by her grandmother Sarah Lou Layne and her father, First Sergeant Carl H. Layne Jr. from the United States Marine Corps. Left to cherish her memories are her three beautiful daughters: Chena Morgan, Jahzara Morgan, and Tatyana Layne. Her mother Mercy Bongcasan, Step Father Patrick McEvilla and five sisters: Julie Pagan, Cheryl Layne, Carla Layne, Sarah McEvilla, Patricia Gonzalez and one brother Carl H. Layne III, along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, and amazing friends who are like family.
Shelley was known for her exquisite cooking and spreading her love through her meals. She dreamed of sharing her passion for cooking with a food truck business. Shelley was known for her generosity, nurturing spirit, infectious smile, hard work, and above all her heart of gold which she wore through her jewelry. Shelley was a rockstar with a strong personality, and always told us we'd better have "a coke and a smile." Most of all, she expressed her love in how proud she was of her daughters. Shelley always made sure her family was taken care of. Before her passing, she was very excited about expecting her first grandbaby. She is now shining down on her surviving legacies.
We come before You with heavy hearts, seeking solace and comfort in the loss of our dear sister. We trust in Your divine plan, as written in the Bible, and humbly ask for Your tender embrace as we navigate this difficult time.
God of mercy and compassion, we know that You have welcomed her into Your loving arms. May her soul find eternal rest in Your heavenly kingdom, and may Your light guide her through the everlasting journey.
You are the Resurrection and the Life. In our moments of grief, remind us of Your promise in John 11:25-26, that those who believe in You shall never die. Comfort our hearts, Lord, and give us the strength to accept Your will.
We pray for our family, united in sorrow. Mend our broken spirits, and grant us the grace to support one another in love and understanding. May we find solace in Your word and grow stronger in faith. Lord, as we remember the beautiful moments we shared with our sister, may we also learn to cherish our time with one another. Teach us to love unconditionally and to forgive generously, as You have done for us. In Your infinite wisdom, guide us through our grief and grant us peace. Help us to find comfort in the knowledge that our sister rests in Your eternal embrace, and one day, we will be reunited in Your heavenly kingdom.
In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”