Funeral plans set for WSFA 12 Icon Marge Payne


Marge Payne; joyful adventurer, gifted artist, patron of the arts, mentor to children, gracious hostess, lover of all things beautiful, wise scholar, incisive thinker, thoughtful friend, teller of stories, singer of songs, multitalented, multifaceted conundrum soared to meet her Lord April 17, 2009. She left behind glorious memories, impressive accomplishment and engulfing sadness at the great hole remaining in our universe as she danced through the stars showering the lives she touched with magic!

In her short eighty-two years, she captured and married an all American, Dick Payne, who moved her to Montgomery to flourish for the next sixty years. She was a model in New York, a Daughter of the Mayflower, a Daughter of the American Revolution, a member of St. Johns Episcopal Church, a fifty year Garden Club member, a thirty year Cursillo member, Founder of Greengate Schools, twenty-five year Director and talent of an NBC children's television program on WSFA, "Young World", Mistress of Ceremonies at Governor George C. Wallace Inauguration, cofounder of the Governors Easter Egg Hunt for disabled children, board member of Father Walters and Montgomery Institute for Neurological Development, officer of the Downtown Montgomery Rotary Club and a member of the Montgomery Country Club.

Next to the Lord, she loved her family and friends most. She was beloved mother to Karolyn, Shelli, Rick, Matthew, Sandy, a kitty named CoCo; loving mother in law to David, Gerard, Kent, Sue, Lyn and Michael; dazzling grandmother "Yummy" to Britton, Christiaan, Taylor, Jonathan, Martin, Lee, Katy and Destin.

To all of you who loved her through the years, we thank you and remind you when you think of giggles, of fairies, of roses, remember our Yummy and sing, Sing a Song!

Viewing to be held at Leak-Memory Chapel Friday, April 24, 2009 from five to seven pm.

Friends will gather at 1:00 pm April 25 at St. Johns parish hall. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm at St. Johns, 113 Madison Ave. Montgomery AL.

Graveside at Greenwood Cemetery to follow.

While flowers are appreciated, donations can be made to Father Walters Children's Home or the Montgomery Institute for Neurological Development.