Swan-Law Funeral Directors

501 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO


Martha Jane Laye

November 11, 1944May 12, 2020

Martha Jane Laye passed away peacefully on May 12, 2020. Martha was born in Alamosa, Colorado on November 11, 1944. She met her husband, Darryl, while they were both attending Adams State College. They married and moved to Colorado Springs in 1967. Martha flourished as a beloved wife, mother and true friend to many people. Martha loved everything about supporting her family and all that it encompassed. She was always active in her husband and children's lives and enthusiastically supported school activities and athletic events. Martha was extremely talented and it showed in her amazing garden, floral wreaths, handmade Halloween costumes, Christmas stockings and other sewn gifts. She cooked delicious meals and always had an endless supply of chocolate chip cookies. She was an active volunteer at the Assistance League of Colorado Springs, El Paso County Sheriff's Department, Pikes Peak Neighbors and various philanthropic groups. She is survived by her husband Darryl, daughter Anne (Jerry), son Marty (Katie), and adored grandchildren Elaine, Brooks, Remy and Hudson, as well as cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws. In addition to her immediate family, Martha invited countless friends into her home which became extended family members. She especially enjoyed supporting many "adopted kids" from USAFA and Colorado College. She was the center of her family, a doting "Grammy", a consummate hostess, and she embodied elegance, generosity, and kindness. She will be missed beyond words. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Assistance League of Colorado Springs (405 South Nevada, Colorado Springs, CO 80903) or the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906).


  • Darryl Laye, Husband
  • Anne Laye-Cross (Jerry), Daughter
  • Darryl "Marty" Laye (Katie), Son
  • Martha is also survived by adored grandchildren Elaine, Brooks, Remy and Hudson, as well as cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Learn more about the Laye name


  • A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date


Martha Jane Laye

have a memory or condolence to add?

Cindy Burke

May 25, 2020

Martha really was the best at whatever she wanted to do. There are no perfect words to describe what you all must be feeling right now so just know that my prayers are with you all. Cindy

Margie Desormeaux

May 21, 2020

I will always remember Martha with her sweet smile and friendly personality. I have missed her for a long time and will continue to do so.

Izora Southway

May 19, 2020

Such a special friend throughout our school days and college. I was blessed to know her. We both loved chocolate ice cream cones. Rest In Peace, Martha.

JoAnn Awada

May 18, 2020

Once you were introduced as a USAFA family, Martha embraced you with unconditional love—-a blessing to have so many memories of the Laye family at many momentous events in my life. My thoughts are with you all at this time, JoAnn Awada

Ann Laye

May 18, 2020

My sister in law, Martha, will be remembered for her warm hospitality to many, her love and presence to her family and her amazing skills as a seamstress & homemaker, among many things. Being in California, we missed out on much of this , however our home has been graced with many of her lovely creations; be they dolls from Aunt Martha , quilted animals or other treasures. I always thought it would have been nice to be around the Laye Colorado home more with its activity, love, laughter, and those fun Colorado cousins. Martha will be missed by many, but leaves wonderful memories for all to cherish.

Ann Marshall

May 17, 2020

My best memory of Martha was later in life as one of the SSS Sisters--so talented, clever, and funny. After reading others' memories, I wish I had gotten to know her better in high school (she was several years younger than I) and later on--clearly a very special person throughout her life. Warmest wishes to all her family and friends

Joanne Scanlan

May 17, 2020

Martha and I saw each other a couple times a week for years at water aerobics. We all said that Martha knew everyone in the area. She shared her bountiful crop of zucchini each summer. She always had a good story to share. Since she was active in the ice skating arena I attended championship skating competitions with her. She will be missed.

Irene Voaden

May 17, 2020

Martha's arms were very long. They even reached across oceans to keep her family in the UK feeling like part of the Laye phenomenon. When her father Tom died she kept in contact with his sister Bertha, inviting her into her home. Over the years she has been like a glue that kept us cousins in touch. We have all had the pleasure of being at home with Martha and Darryl. We enjoyed many trips together. We will treasure all the times we spent together and hope to continue to keep her UK cousins in touch with you all in her memory.
Love from
John, Irene, Sarah, Thomas, Albert, Wilfred, Stanley, Eesha and Jaya.

Virginia Daniels

May 16, 2020

I met Martha at Spectrum Rehab during a water fitness class. She was always smiling,
pleasant to talk with, and always had kind words. She loved the water class and loved her family. She will be missed.

Heather Eslinger

May 16, 2020

My deepest sympathies to Anne, Jerry, Elaine, Marty, Katie, Brooks, Remy, Hudson and Darryl. Everyone in Martha’s family has hearts of gold and compassion for others. From the minute I met Martha, I felt like I had known her forever. She will greatly be missed, but leaves behind a legacy and a genuine heart that lives on through her husband, children and grandchildren. ❤️


Learn more about the Laye name