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Dora Payette

Dora Dean (Boggs) Payette, 95, returned to God on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2012, (on the 136th anniversary of her mother¹s birth) at Silver City Care Center. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 1 p.m. at Bright Funeral Home Chapel, with her much-loved nephew, Ed Curry, officiating. She will be laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m. in Bisbee, Ariz., next to her husband, Bob, the love of her life. She was born Sept. 24, 1917, to Charles Alexander Boggs and Lou Ella (Fields) Boggs, at their farm home near Lawton and Sterling, Okla. She was the youngest of 13 children, eight of whom survived to adulthood. She attended one-room Blumenshine (Pleasant Valley) School, grades 1-8, and she was the only one of her siblings to have the privilege of graduating from high school (Sterling, Okla., 1935). She also completed two years of college. Her mother died in 1929, when Dora was 11 years old, and her father in 1933, when she was 15. She and her sister, Illa Bid, then lived with their brother, Tommy, and Rena and children, Fred and Eva, on a nearby farm. Rena always gave warm and tender care to everyone who needed a home. On July 3, 1936, in Lawton, Okla., she married her high school sweetheart, Prime Robert Payette Jr., Bob. As they drove to town to get married, the fan belt on the old car broke. He repaired it with pliers and baling wire, and they arrived on time. Later in the day, family and friends celebrated with the newlyweds at a dinner in Tommy and Rena¹s big, welcoming yard, where family events would be celebrated for decades to come. Mrs. Payette is survived by her longtime school teacher daughter, Sylvia Lemmon; her dear daughter-in-law, Gail (Mike) Wolf; three beloved grandchildren, Penny (Billy) Donnelly, Phil (Dawn) Payette, and Pam (Tracy) Weber, all of Silver City; seven very special great-grandchildren, Haley, Zachary and Clarissa Ella Donnelly, Connor Payette, Matthew (Mindy) Pelkey, and Ryan and Morgan Weber; sweet great-great-grandchildren, Cody, Jack and John Pelkey, and baby Colin Pelkey, due on Dec. 28; special granddaughter-in-law, Shawna White; many nieces, nephews and extended family members; plus many special friends and neighbors. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, in 1966; their son, Bob, in 1992; her parents; brothers, Thomas Tommy (Rena), Claude Dick (Alice), Elery (Audrey), and Virgil Perks (Viola) Boggs; and sisters, Allie (Osborne) Webb, Lena (Floyd) Sanders, and Illa Bid (Oliver) Cagle. She was also preceded in death by five siblings who died as children, long before her birth, Brooksie (1895-99), Pearl (1897-1900) and Mattie Lou (1899-1900), all buried in Sugar Creek Cemetery in Missouri; Chester Morris Boggs (March 1915), who lived one week; and Ruby Fern Het (September 1910 to March 1915), who died of pneumonia the day after Morris was born. Ruby and Morris are buried in the Denton Cemetery near Marlow, Okla. Mrs. Payette took loving pride in being a homemaker and wife, and a caring mother to Bobby Bob Charles and Sylvia Joy. Her family was the happy center of her life. Mrs. Payette was an avid baseball fan who at age 95, could still give any baseball statistic anyone could ever ask. She was an excellent cook, often creating her own recipes. She loved to serve delicious food to her family and friends. She could play piano, by ear, any song she had ever heard. She enjoyed writing long, newsy letters on pretty stationery, and sending cards. She knew by heart and always thought of countless dozens of birthdays. She loved flowers, Christmas, pretty dresses, ribbons and bows, parades, snow, and all the delightful things in life. Mrs. Payette enjoyed attending First Baptist Church in Fletcher, Okla. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, Traditional Services and Care for your Family and Friends, 210 W. College Ave. 388-1911. To send condolences, log in to www.brightfuneral.net.

Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Nov. 28, 2012
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