Payne, Edward Lee
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passed away December 4 in Lordsburg, NM. Ed was born on the family farm in Virden, NM, on July 4, 1922. Ed married his childhood sweetheart, Amy Jean Hatch, on November 19, 1942, in the Mesa Arizona Temple. They have lived in Virden since that time where they worked, served, loved, and raised their family. Survivors include his daughter, Linda (Dennis) Hunt of Joseph City, Ariz., Richard (Dorinda) Payne of Fayetteville, NC, Mike Payne of Kalispell, Mont., John (Wendy) Payne of Virden, NM, Debra (Charlie) Hampton of Eagle Butte, SD, 31 grandchildren, 70 great grandchildren, and three great great grandchild. He is also survived by his brother William Harold Payne of Las Cruces, NM, and sisters Edna Christensen of Mesa, Ariz., and Virla Jane Merrill of Salt Lake City, Utah. He was preceded in death by four infant daughters, Sarah Edna Payne, Cora May Payne, Mary Jane Payne, Jeanine Payne, and also his son Dennis Lee Payne. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 14, at the Duncan Arizona Stake Center with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m. and service at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at the Virden Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.viningfuneral home.com Arrangements are entrusted to Vining Funeral Home.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 11, 2013