AKSELSEN, Betty Faye "Tommy" Payne, 82 of Avon Park, died April 5, 2013 at Central Park Rehab in Brandon, Florida. She was born July 18, 1930 in Fort Dodge, Iowa to Gertrude and Jack Payne. She married Elmer Akselsen on October 30, 1948. They were married for 50 years, until his death in 1998. Surviving are her brother, Dan (Kay) Payne; and sister, Patricia Blunt, both of Fort Dodge, Iowa; two daughters, Kathleen (Robert) Border of Avon Park and Kyra Mesich, PsyD of St. Paul, Minnesota; one son, Kent Akselsen of Valrico, Florida; three grandchildren, Robert (Kathleen) Border, II, Sheryl (Nick) McGrath, and Cecelia Mesich; four great-grandchildren, Aidan and Bobby Border, Luke and Nicole McGrath. Betty's sister, Lois Ainslie, preceded her in death. Betty graduated from Fort Dodge High School in 1948. She moved to Avon Park in 1965 and remained there for 48 years. Betty was an entrepreneur with many talents. She was an expert seamstress, sold Avon, decorated cakes, made floral arrangements and was secretary for the Avon Park Cemetery Association for more than 20 years. She enjoyed gardening, a variety of crafts and many games including bingo. Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 9, 2013, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home in Avon Park. Graveside services will be held following the visitation on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Bougainvillea Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Bird Conservancy, P.O. Box 249, The Plains, VA 20198 or Cornerstone Hospice, 2590 Havendale Blvd. NW, Winter Haven, Florida 33881. Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home - Avon Park www.stephenson nelsonfh.com
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Published in TBO.com on Apr. 7, 2013