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Betty N. Payne

February 3, 1920 ~ February 14, 2020 (age 100)


Betty N. Payne, 100, passed away on Friday, February 14th, 2020 at Helia Healthcare in Benton, Illinois. 

Born February 3rd, 1920, Betty was the only child of Verble and Evan Neal.  She married the late Roy Faughn Payne on April 27, 1941 in Cape Girardeau and celebrated 71 years of marriage before his passing in 2012.  She is survived by her only child, Evelyn Browning and husband Joe of Mesa, Arizona.  She is also survived by three grandchildren, Kelly Robertson and wife, Lori of Benton; Chelsea Bailey and husband, Randy of Mt. Vernon and Samantha Glascock and husband, Joe of Mesa, Az., and three step-grandchildren: Steven Joe Browning of Benton, Kimberly Browning of Mesa, AZ and Jonathan Browning of Pacific Grove, Ca.   She has eight surviving great-grandchildren and six step great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. 

Betty dedicated her whole life to the family farm where five generations have lived and worked.   She also found time to work in the community of Benton at the Franklin Hospital, Taylor Motor Company and Tyler’s Auto Agency.  Betty and Roy spent many happy years showing quarter horses and camping with their fellow members of the Shawnee Sams Camping Club.  She was an active member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton and will always be remembered as a loving Sunday school teacher of young ladies, who paid a great tribute to her recently on her 100th birthday.

Her family is at peace knowing she lived a very long, full and meaningful life.

No formal services are planned at this time.

The Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorial contributions in memory of Betty, may be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church Building Fund.

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