Maria Ventura Layton

Maria Ventura Layton, 47, of Leavenworth, passed away, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, at her home. She was born on May 9, 1969 in Brooklyn, N.Y, the daughter of Anna Maria Ramsey and Louie Melendez.

Maria Ventura Layton

Maria grew up with her mother in El Paso, Texas, and was the oldest of three. She attended Coronado High School.

She relocated to Lansing, Kan., after meeting the love of her life, Robert Layton Jr. and they were married in 1991. He survives at the home. She is also survives by two daughters, Ventura Rangel and Valyssa Layton; two sisters, Sylvia Colbert and Jamie Allen; a brother, Louis Melendez Jr.; and her grandchildren Maeve Rangel, Atticus Rangel and Kaiden Mitchell.

Maria was a dedicated VA employee for 25 years.

Maria's family will be holding a celebration of life for her on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wyandotte County Lake. All family and friends are welcome to attend her celebration. The family is grateful for everyone’s condolences and prayers. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.