Martha Layne Givens


obit-givens-marthaMartha Layne (Couey) Givens, 92, died April 21, in Houston, Texas.

A Celebration of Lives service with Clarence Givens, Jr. will be Friday, July 25, at 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd UMC in Cypress, Texas, with Dr. Richard Klein officiating.

Martha Layne was born April 23, 1921, to Virginia Ross Couey and Marvin Layne Couey in Stephenville, Texas.

Martha Layne’s family moved to a ranch near Garden City and then to San Angelo in 1934, where she graduated from high school in 1938, then eloped and moved to San Diego during the war, worked in an airplane factory as a Rosy Riveter. After the war, she moved to Midland and raised her two sons, then moved to Reno, Nev., Waikiki, Pagosa Springs, and then to Sierra Vista.

In February of 2014, due to health issues, she moved to Cypress, to live with her son and his wife; unfortunately, she was so ill that she went to the hospital very quickly and spent the remainder of her life in Woodwind Rehab.

She was Worthy Matron for Eastern Star and worked as a professional insurance woman.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Ross, and sister-in-law, Catherine, of El Campo, and son, Joel Dennis Givens. She was survived by her husband, Clarence Givens; her son, C. Layne Givens and wife, Linda; her six grandsons and wives: Brian and Maggie of Rockville, Md.; Steven and Danielle, of Martinez, Ga.; Chris Combs and Marissa, of Cypress; Kery and Shannon, of Anchorage; Kris and Holly, of Katy, Texas; and Jaime and Shannon of Billings, Mont.; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Her husband, Clarence, was ill, so no memorial could be held for Martha Layne at her time of passing. It was decided that since they spent 75 years plus together, it was natural they should have their memorial together.