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Selena M Lay

September 24, 2017

Selena M Lay, 95, died Sunday, September 24, 2017 at Lexington Park in Topeka, Kansas.  She was born October 24, 1921 in Hope, Kansas to Jess and Rosalie (Zollinger) Langhofer.  On  June 1, 1941    she married Stuart C. Lay and he preceded her in death on August 4, 2001.  Selena was a member of the First United Church of Christ in Newton where she was an active member of the Women’s Fellowship group.  She retired as a baker from the Newton South Dillon’s and also worked at the Newton Presbyterian Manor.  Selena looked forward to socializing with her friends over coffee and rolls.  Several years ago she moved to Topeka to be closer to her sons and their families which she greatly looked forward to spending time with.


Selena is survived by her sons: Tom Lay (Jodi) of Topeka, KS, Galen Lay (Barbara) of Hiawatha, KS and Craig Lay (Kathleen) of Kansas City, MO.  Selena also has 9 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren that survive.


She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Charles A. Lay, granddaughter Kristal Radford and 6 brothers Walter, Chester, Elmer, Edgar, Emmett and Alden Langhofer and 2 sisters, Melinda Bernhardt and Laura Ayers.


Funeral Service will be   Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 at 11:00 am.  Visitation will be 5 to 9 Thurs, Sept 28, 2017, with family greeting friends from 6-8 pm   at Petersen Funeral Home.   Burial will be at 1:30 pm   at the Pilgrim Home Cemetery in Hope, Kansas (2 mi North & ½ West).


Memorials are suggested to First United Church of Christ in care of Petersen Funeral Home.


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6 thoughts on “Selena M Lay

  1. If Roses Grow in Heaven
    By Dolores M. Garcia
    If roses grow in heaven,
    Lord please pick a bunch for me,
    Place them in my Mother’s arms
    and tell her they’re from me.
    Tell her I love her and miss her,
    and when she turns to smile,
    place a kiss upon her cheek
    and hold her for awhile.
    Because remembering her is easy,
    I do it every day,
    but there’s an ache within my heart
    that will never go away.

  2. We are so sorry for your loss. She is at peace.Our prayers are with all of your family. Melva Chamberlain and family

  3. I am very saddened to hear of Selena’s passing. Selena was a sweet, kind lady. I have missed seeing her these passed few years. She is with Stuart now. Rest in Peace, Dear Selena.

  4. I’m sorry for your loss.
    Craig that was a very nice poem. even though it has been a long time, I remember your mom as a sweet woman.
    may God give you the memories to put smiles on your faces when the time is right to lift your sadness.

  5. Galen and Barbara; Very sorry to learn of the loss of your mother Selena. Our thought and prayers are you and your families. Hold on to those special memories as they will last forever and will comfort you in the day ahead. Sincerely

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