Sunset Funeral Home
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Mary Payne

February 16, 1930 - May 16, 2021


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    Margie Hayes-Madden says

    I have the most amazing memories of my aunt Mary, far too many to share but she was always kind, giving and I never had any doubt that she loved me!! Many visits to her home with my family when I was young – she and the other aunts, and uncle Dick of course- were always happy to see us come into town from Washington. I remember many card and Yahtzee games in her home, or one of the siblings. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to come back over the past year but I did speak with her on her last birthday. Sending all of my love and prayers to my Payne family – I love you all!!! Heaven is happening right now lol, I know she had quite the welcoming committee!!! RIP aunt Mary – I love you!!!

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    Lyman and Carol Matherly says

    Deb, So sorry for the loss of your mom.

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Mary Lois Payne, 91, went home to be with the Lord on May 16, 2021. She was born on February 16, 1930, to Weaver and Harriett Hayes in Onton, Kentucky.

Mary loved cooking, baking, and reading. She was an amazing southern cook, she was so proud of her pies, dumplings, and biscuits. Her family would just rave about her food. All her recipes came from her heart, she was so talented. She was strong in her faith, she loved reading her Bible. She loved going to the casino, she would play the slots. Mary loved her family more than anything, she was the last of 13 siblings and they were all best friends. She was so much fun and always made the best memories with her friends and family. Everyone would call her mom. She was so good to everyone she met, she knew no stranger. Mary was so loved and will be missed greatly.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband James D. Payne, son-in-law Ron Phelps; daughter-in-law Cheryl Payne; and her 12 siblings.

Mary is survived by her children Pam Phelps, Greg Payne, Debbie (Jerry) Mabern, Mark (Debbie) Payne, Jimmy Payne, Lisa (Shawn) Howard; grandchildren Theresa (Richard) Miller, Jason Phelps, Derick (Julia) Payne, Charlie (Courtney) Payne, Michelle (Tim) Kaufman, Audrea (Antwan) Hill-Ogburn , Christopher (Alisa) Payne, Ethan (Natalie) Payne, Cutlass (Aimee) Barnes, Ciera Barnes; 20 loving great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 11 am until the time of service at 1 pm on Thursday, May 20th, 2021 at Sunset Funeral Home with a burial to directly follow at Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Hillcrest Youth Services.