Pearl J. Payne

May 22, 2012

ALEXANDRIA BAY, N.Y.  —  Pearl J. Payne, 89, of Gordon Court Apartments, died Tuesday, May 22, at her home.  

Born April 8, 1923, in Oneonta, the daughter of George and Gladys Thompson Graham, she graduated in 1940 from LaFargeville High School.

She married Albert Spencer Payne on June 26, 1940, at the Redwood Lutheran Parsonage in a double wedding with Albert’s brother, Kring and his wife, Frieda. 

Mrs. Payne owned and operated three different dairy farms and was owner of Mom and I Upholstery in Theresa with her daughter, Amy Staie.

She enjoyed quilting, crocheting and sewing, was an avid reader and taught reupholstering and refinishing furniture for Cooperative Extension in Jefferson, Lewis and Oswego counties.

Mrs. Payne was also a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ladies Aid, and Strough’s Crossings Home Bureau.

Survivors include three daughters and their husbands, Amy and Vernon Staie, Theresa, Norma and Norman Gee, Theresa, Diana and Leon Zimmer, Redwood; two sons, Bob and Frank Payne, both of Philadelphia; grandchildren including Janet (Kaz), Laura (Patrick), Aaron (Mitzi), Bradley, Brandon, Penny (Gene), Melinda (Robert), Joel, Brian (Laurie), Vicky, Danny (Dawn), William (Jennifer); two step-grandchildren, Richard (Terry) and Dennis (Debbie); great-grandchildren including Josh (Pam), Bret, Zoey, Madison (Luke), Megan, Adam, Rachel, Jen (Jay), Eric (Jessica), Trevor, Alex, Elizabeth, Kylie, Anna, Abigail, John, Malcolm, Anika, Maia, Theo, T’Kai, Chanelle, Madison and Landon; step-great-grandchildren including Logan, Carla (Bob), Stephanie, Christine (Don), Connor, Donny (Stacy); great-great-grandchildren including Nicole, Kaylynn, Miranda, Allie, Callie, Cory, Athen, Brooke, Bobby, Taylor, Athen, Adrianna, Michael, Gaige and Carlie; four sisters, Moya (Francis) Gaynor, Joan Babcock, Rose Pavia and Frances (Dwight) Wright; a sister-in-law, Shirley Graham; several nieces and nephews.

Two grandsons, Michael Payne and Jordan Payne, two brothers, George and James Graham, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Gratanna and William Getman, Geneva and Carl Chawgo, Grace and Wesley Klock; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Lynwood Payne and Kring and Frieda Payne, Joyce Graham, Earl Babcock, Jim Graham and Bert Pavia, a daughter-in-law, Marilyn Payne and two nephews, all died before her.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 25, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Orleans Four Corners. Burial will follow in Orleans Four Corners Cemetery.

Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Inc., Theresa.

Donations may be made in Mr. Payne’s memory to either Hospice or the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Orleans Four Corners.

Information provided by Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Inc. and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.