Sharon Lee Layfield, 55, decorator, cafeteria worker

August 31, 2004

Sharon Lee Layfield, a former decorator and cafeteria worker, died of cancer Wednesday at her Perry Hall home. She was 55.

Born and raised Sharon Lee Brown in Hampden, she was a 1966 graduate of Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School, where she studied cosmetology. She also appeared on the Buddy Deane Show in the early 1960s, and remained a fan of 1950s and 1960s rock 'n' roll music, family members said.

Mrs. Layfield worked as a cosmetologist from 1966 to 1969, when she joined her family's business, Hampden Wallpaper and Paint Co., as a decorator.

She was married for 35 years to George L. Layfield, who survives her. Mr. Layfield serves as chief of staff to Thomas L. Bromwell, head of the state's Injured Workers Insurance Fund.

In the early 1980s, Mrs. Layfield left the family business to raise her sons. She returned to work as a cafeteria worker at Calvert Hall College High School, where her sons were students, retiring in 2001.

In addition to her husband, survivors include three sons, George Joseph Layfield of Bel Air, Jason L. Layfield of Chesapeake City and Justin L. Layfield of Perry Hall; her father, Wilbur Brown of Hampden; a sister, Debra Stallings of Perry Hall; and two granddaughters.

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