Mrs. Joyce Maupin Payne, 79, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 at Jewish Hospital in Louisville. She was born on May 13, 1934 in Lebanon to Jesse Maupin and Lily Irene Roots Maupin.
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Joyce grew up in Jessetown. She was married to Marion Conway Payne in December 1949 in Lebanon. Two daughters were born into this union, Gayla and Charlotte.
After working several years at Fruit of the Loom, Joyce returned to Campbellsville College to pursue a degree in Elementary Education. She graduated from Campbellsville College in 1967 and began work for the Marion County Board of Education as an elementary teacher. She continued her education at Western Kentucky University earning a master's degree, Rank 1 certification and Supervisor's certification. During her employment with the Marion County Board of Education, Joyce also served as a middle school librarian and an elementary supervisor. As supervisor, Joyce was instrumental in implementing many new programs such as the Gifted! Talented program, the Young Author's program, the Reading Recovery program, a founding member of the Marion County Arts Council, and the Marion County Historical Society. Joyce Payne was recognized as the first recipient of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce's Educator of the Year in 1987. She continued to serve in many volunteer capacities after retirement in 1998; such as a volunteer at Spring View Hospital, alumni board at Campbellsville University and the Marion County Historical Society.
Many lives have been enriched as a result of her dedication and desire to make Marion County a better place for its citizens.
Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church has always been very near and dear to her heart. During her 79 years, she served on nearly every committee the church has at one time or another. She taught Sunday school, training union, been a choir member including the Old Time Radio choir, helped compile church cookbooks, the Hanging of the Greens and numerous others. She always did this work cheerfully and whole-heartedly.
Always an avid traveler, reader and learner, Joyce never let an opportunity to learn pass her by and always encouraged others to do the same. She enjoyed traveling near and far with her friends and especially her family.
Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Payne and her parents, Jesse and Irene
She is survived by two daughters, Gayla (Tommy) Kelly and Charlotte (Ronnie) Benningfield; both of Lebanon; her sister, Pansy (Billy Darrell) Mattingly of Lebanon; three grandchildren, Amanda Kelly Farmer, Brook and Dustin Benningfield; five great-grandchildren, Jasmine and Aubrey Benningfield and Jacklyn, Stephanie and Alice Farmer as well as several nieces and nephews and other relatives.
Funeral services were held at Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church in Lebanon on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. Burial followed at the New Market Cemetery.
The family requests memorial donations are made to Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church Elevator Fund or Cemetery Fund.
Pallbearers were Roger Barnett, Barry Benningfield, Dustin Benningfield, Mike Maupin, Keith Farmer, and Mark Speer.
Published in The Lebanon Enterprise on Sept. 25, 2013