In Loving Memory…

Kathleen G. Payne

Kathleen Payne, 94, entered eternity April 13, 2018. Kathleen was born April 11, 1924, the second daughter to Elmer and Violet (Whittington) Graber in Monett, Missouri. She graduated from Verona High School in the class of 1942. Two years later she took a civil service test and was sent to Washington D.C. She arrived on the day of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s funeral and witnessed the horse-drawn procession. She worked in the Pentagon for one year, along with her younger sister. Then she went home and moved to Kansas City where she met her future husband, Elwood Payne, and was united in marriage with him on June 1, 1947. They were blessed with their first child, Donald, in July of 1948. A daughter, Anita, arrived in September of 1949 and passed away in 1950. In 1951 the family moved to the farm north of Smithton, where she lived for 67 years. During this time they welcomed their daughter, Kathryn, in October of 1953. Kathleen was the most wonderful mother and farm wife. She joyfully served her family, including her great-grandchildren! She was a great example to them of common sense, deep loving values, and faithfulness to the Lord.

Her community involvement in her earlier years included 4-H, Smithton Young Homemakers Extension Club, and employment at Lamy’s and at Interstate. Kathleen was a dedicated member of Smithton Baptist Church, where she taught children in Sunday School and Bible School, planting the seeds of faith in many young hearts.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sisters, Mary Evelyn Bailey, Juanita Weldy, and Patricia DeHamer; her infant daughter, Anita; her grandson, Jared Matthew; and her great-grandson, Jared Troy.

Kathleen is survived by her son, Don Payne and wife, Ann, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, their four children and spouses: Christina (Steven) Jardee, Don (Carley) Payne, Evelyn (Gi) Hing, Aaron (Kelly) Payne, and their children, Daniel, Jonathan, Micah, Rachel, Joseph, Emma, Madelyn, Weston and Ellie. She is also survived by her daughter, Kathryn Waters, of Smithton, and her two sons and families: Jason Waters, of Smithton, and Ben (Trisha) Waters, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and their son, James.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Heckart Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until service time.

Burial will follow in the IOOF Cemetery in Otterville.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Smithton Baptist Church, in care of Heckart Funeral Home.


  1. Ron and Cheri Cunningham :

    Kathryn, we are sorry for your loss. Your mom was a great lady. We are so proud of the care you gave to her and also you dad. Ron and Cheri Cunningham

  2. Sheryl (Grupe) Robinett :

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your momma. She was such a sweet lady.

  3. Dale + Saundra DeLarm :

    We are so sorry for your loss but know you have wonderful memories to hold in your heart. We will be praying for peace and understanding for your family.

  4. Jana & Kim Birdsong :

    Dear Katheryn,
    Your mother was a great example to many!
    Prayers for your entire family at this difficult time.
    But rest assured, she’s in her heavenly home❤️

  5. Sandy (Thompson) Spoor :

    Sorry for the loss of your Mother. I remember spending time with you at your parents and also her working at Lamy’s as well. Met Donnie several years back in our shop in Mtn. View, Ark.

  6. Brian and Sherry Nulsen :

    So sorry for the loss of your Mother. Prayers for God’s comfort during this time.

    Brian and Sherry Nulsen and family

  7. Angie Greer Howard :

    So sorry for you loss. Thoughts and prayers for the family

  8. David & Karen Kain :

    She will be welcomed into heaven, but missed greatly by her loved ones. I pray God will grant you all peace and comfort during this time of loss.

    David & Karen Kain

  9. Shelley Miller :

    So sorry to hear this news. May your fond memories bring you comfort. Prayers for the family.

  10. Kathryn and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Kathleen was a wonderful lady, wife, mother, and servant of the Lord. My condolence to each of you. She is now at peace with her beloved Elwood, and most certainly her beloved Jesus! In this race of life, what a blessing to end with such a prize. To the final end she kept her faith. You can be certain of that.
    Prayers for your lonely hearts, and for peace and joy only God can give.
    Love and prayers, Bobbi Smith

  11. Your mom, grandmother, great grandmother was a beautiful lady. We loved reading her obituary and you selected a beautiful photo of her. She will be deeply missed by many. Tom and Mary Beatty

  12. Melvin and Jo Ann Thierfelder, :

    Kathryn so sorry to hear about the loss of your Momma she is in her Heavenly Home with happiness all around. You took such wonderful care of her and you will have lots of good memories. Your Mom was one lovable, sweet and caring lady that I have ever known. Hugs to you and prayers for you and your family

  13. Debby and Phil Ward :

    So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful woman.

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