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Debra Sue Payne


1952 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Debra Sue Payne Obituary
Debra Sue Payne went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, March 21, 2014, in Dallas. Graveside service: 2 p.m. Monday, March 31, in Greenwood Memorial Park, Fort Worth. Visitation: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Greenwood. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please donate to the or Operation Kindness. Debra Sue Payne was born in Fort Worth on July 18, 1952. As a child, Debbie followed her family to Maine and England, then returned to her beloved Texas, where she graduated from Fort Worth Country Day School. A B.B.A. from Vanderbilt University and an M.B.A. from SMU led to her work with Dresser Industries and Republic National Bank in Dallas, where she made friends with her winning smile, steadfast devotion and Christian charity. She served on the board of directors of USPA & IRA (now First Command Financial Services, in Fort Worth) and was a founding member of the First Command Educational Foundation. Inspired by her father's battle with heart disease, she co-founded and chaired the Dallas Heart Ball and served on its board. Debra Sue was a member of the Junior League in New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas, the Women's National Republican Club, Salvation Army Auxiliary, Dallas Historical Society, Dallas Symphony Orchestra League and the Park Cities Republican Women. Later in life she followed her dream and studied studio art at UCLA, Loveland Academy of Fine Art, New York Art Student League and the Creative Art Center of Dallas. She exhibited at the Craighead Green Gallery and various shows and belonged to the Southwest Water Color Society, Texas Visual Art Association, Richardson Civic Art Society, Bacchanalia Dance Club, Pi Beta Phi Alumni Club and Les Fleurs des Jeune Garden Club. She loved her friends, her cats and good food. Caring for the homeless was her mission, and she would thoughtfully shop for those in her neighborhood and present each with a carefully packed bag of food. She was predeceased by her father, retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Carroll Herndon Payne, and her mother, Margaret Rueter Payne. Survivors: Brother and sister-in-law, Chip and Carol Payne of Lipan; sister, Naomi Payne of Hillsboro, N.H.; nephews, Andrew Payne and Martin Payne; niece, Laurel Payne; aunts, Marie Smith, Jo Hansen, Frieda Henson; uncle, Weldon Henson; and more cousins than words can wield.
Published in Star-Telegram from Mar. 27 to Mar. 30, 2014
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