Real name Grace Etta Layl was born on October 26, 1946. When family got her birth certificate, her name on it was Gracetta no middle name. She Traveled with her mom, Earline, and her dad, Harry. Harry worked for AT&T when he left the army after war. Yes she was a Victory baby. Grace often visited her Grandparents in Louisiana going to school with her cousin and life long friend (yeah right they were closer than any sisters). Grace's brothers claim she was very mean to them growing up & will show scars as proof. Grace always had a take charge attitude. When the family received notice from war department that her brother Gary was injured at war, she picked up the phone and called the Pentagon to find out if he was ok, and wouldn't hang up till she found out. After family moved to Kaufman, Grace graduated high school. She worked at Layl's restaurant , American National Bank, Wolfe distributing, Kaufman County and her last job for the county was with district attorney office. After getting married to Barry Layl she moved to Terrell TX then Oklahoma City then back to Kaufman. After her divorce she never got remarried. She was always in good mood & happy. She had a infectious laugh and helped so many and never asked for anything in return. She loved all kids!!!
Many things will be remembered about the year 2020 but for friends and family it will be the year God received one of his most precious angels! Grace Etta was named after her grandmother. She was a “victory” baby born in Kansas City to her parents Harry and Earline Rider.
Grace was a mother to one
But she was a stranger to none.
Her humor could be crude
But her tongue was rarely rude
She loved her Coors light
It was the only drink that was right
Her mother was her world
Some might call her a mommy’s girl
Everywhere her mother went
That is where Snook’s time would be spent
The two traveled to many places
They stayed in different spaces
We have favorite memories of her all
It didn’t matter what the name she was called.
Grace, Graceetta, Aunt Weezer, or Snooks
However you knew her, her smile could never be mistook
With great memories great stories can be told
Some might even be worth being sold
One thing that can be said
Grace sometimes would sleep in the strangest beds
Not like that get the thought out of your head
Margarett slept between her husband and Snooks
Their bond was a double hook
On the graduation of her nephew Mitch
She found herself in a funny switch
A charming young lad
Thought he’d make a young girl glad
He wrapped his arms around her with a smile
When he woke up he realized he misjudged it by a mile
Snooks was just as amazed
She thought she had been dreaming of better days
She loved to be spontaneous
When she wanted to go to Vegas her toothbrush was her bag almost instantaneous
Once she had a real thriller
She and a friend went to Mexico to chase a killer
We all smile when we think of our Snook stories
But we smile more to think of her glories
She loved her family and friends
And when it came to children her heart would always bend
Graceette, Grace, Snooks, Aunt Weezer, mother, daughter, you will always be in our heart
The love we have for you and the love you gave us shall never part
Your life in this world shall never seize
May you now rest in peace.
Gracetta passed away on June 1, 2020. Survived by mother Earline Rider, son Brett Layl, brother Gary Rider & wife Lawana and there sons Christian Rider wife Erin, Nathan Rider wife Lisa, Mitchell Rider wife Ginger, brother Jerry Rider and his sons Brian Rider wife Heather, Brandon Rider wife Jean, sister Debbie White Rider & husband Kelly White there sons Joseph White wife Ellen, Alex White wife Tiffany. Gracetta will be greatly missed.