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Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes & Crematory

618 W Main St, Waynesboro, VA

OBITUARY

Ann Marie "Annie" Layne

June 18, 1976June 16, 2020

If you aren’t comfortable with public displays of affection, a greeting from Annie Layne could be a one-way ticket to Awkwardville. Why? Because Annie was a H-U-G-G-E-R.

And no, Annie wasn’t one of those quickie loose-armed, half-hearted huggers like your weird Uncle Steve. She was a fiercely affectionate bosom-squishing, cheek-smashing, back-slapping Hugger-In-Chief.

Sadly, the time for Annie’s unabashedly sensual greetings has come to a dreadfully early close.

On Tuesday evening (June 16, 2020), Annie succumbed to complications from a sudden illness. She died peacefully in her sleep in a UVA hospice facility in Charlottesville two days before her 44th birthday.

Annie is survived by her amazing other, Jadwiga (Magda) Hololob, her husband Rob Layne, their very adorable 9-year-old son, Desmond Layne, many in-laws, and about 8 million friends. She is preceded in death by her father, Joseph Hololob,

Annie’s family, friends agree; she was outgoing, charismatic, unusually kind and incredibly friendly from the very beginning.

Born in Southampton, Long Island, New York, Annie graduated from Eastport High School in 1994, and State University of New York at Purchase in 1998, where she studied art history. She lived life in NYC to its fullest; partying, dancing, working, and starting her beautiful collection of tattoos. ` After that, Annie simply went where the wind took her. Eventually, the sweet breeze of the Shenandoah Valley whispered her name.

Since the early aughts, Annie spent her days making friends (and doing a little work) at a variety of Harrisonburg businesses, including Rosetta Stone and Barnes & Noble. She amassed a large dedicated fanbase as the bookstore’s children’s storytime reader. “Miss Annie,” as the children called her, often remained loyal fans as they grew. She became an advocate for early childhood education and a favorite substitute teacher for Waynesboro City Schools, specifically Wenonah Elementary.

Although Annie lived among us mere mortals here in the 21st century, she seemed to have stepped out of an Andy Warhol painting, complete with cat eye glasses, audacious red lipstick, polka dots, and a beehive hairdo. But mostly, Annie was an artist.

Although she was a talented painter and illustrator, creating elaborate embroidery - a hobby typically for old ladies - was her special sauce.

As you’d expect, Annie’s artwork was not the boring needlework your grandma makes. Annie’s art was funny, political, passionate and beautifully irreverent. Her work was censored in some places and celebrated in others. Over time, her art was displayed in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and several metropolitan areas in Virginia, including a winning 3rd place in a juried show, and later a solo show at Virginia MOCA, in Virginia Beach.

A celebration of Annie’s life will be arranged for a much later date, when it’s safe for her scores of fans to travel and gather. In lieu of flowers, donate to the Shenandoah Valley Art Center - Kids Art Programs, or the Layne Family Emergency Fund @ Go Fund Me.

Relatives and friends may share condolences and memories with the family online by visiting www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com

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Ann Marie "Annie" Layne

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Karen Reed

June 23, 2020

You only had to meet Annie once to never forget her. A brighter light you never will find. Look up, because she is surely making the sky more colorful.

Paula Lam

June 20, 2020

Annie made putting your whole self out in the world look easy and she was right there beside you holding your hand , encouraging you to do the same. I want to say we didn't deserve her but I think Annie would disagree with that. She thought we deserved the world. Love and miss you forever Annie.

Aaron Grossman

June 20, 2020

Annie, I love you. Forever. True love. You have been one of my best friends ever since we were kids. You have always shown me ONLY love, ONLY smiles. I can't wait to hug you in heaven! You have taught me just how good and decent a human being can actually be. Again, I love you with all of my heart!

Fritz Kevin Ravanes

June 20, 2020

Annie was so effervescent, full of energy and lust for life. I loved her laugh and scarlet red hair. Her hugs made you feel loved.

I remember Annie and Lorelle driving me from Purchase College to New Hyde Park for the goth night , “ Detour ,” on Saturday’s from 1997.

I hear her laugh in my head. I know her smile in my heart.

Cara Walton

June 19, 2020

Annie was a funny, vivacious, and wonderful person who left the world a more colorful and loving place. I am forever grateful for having had the honor of calling her a friend.

Crystal Randolph

June 19, 2020

Annie was amazingly talented, wonderfully warm and kind, and an unforgettable human being. Words cannot express how sorry I am to hear of her passing.

Rebecca Patton

June 19, 2020

Desmond, sweet sweet Desmond. Ms. Becca sends love and hugs to you!! Your momma was one in a million!! Everytime we sing "a tutti ta" I'll continue to think of her.

Gloria Dooms

June 18, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about Annie’s passing. She was such a sweetheart to me and Harley. Please let me know if I can do anything for you and Desmond. Prayers for you and your family. Gloria Dooms