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Margaret A. Payne

Chapel Hill

Margaret Arlene Payne, 87, died June 18, 2014 at the DuBOse Health Center at the Cedars Retirement Community. She was the daughter of the late Rolla and Leona McCurry Payne. She grew up in Kansas and earned a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from Kansas State University, an MS I Nutrition Research and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a PhD in Measurement and Statistical Analysis from the University of Chicago.

Margaret A. Payne began her career as a Professor of Nutrition and the Director of the Graduate Program at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She went on to be a consultant to the National Education Association in Washington D.C. She returned to teaching as a Professor at the School of Education at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. In 1980, she accepted the position of Research Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She remained there until her retirement in 1990.

She authored numerous articles and two books on educational curriculum and served as a consultant for several professional associations related to nutrition and educational curriculum. She was a member of the Alumni Associations of the University of Chicago and Teachers College, Columbia University. Margaret A. Payne enjoyed traveling with friends and family throughout the United States and Europe.

Margaret A. Payne is survived by her brother Charles T. Payne and wife Melanie; her brother Jon V. Payne and wife Susan and friend Margery Duffey. She is also survived by nieces and nephews Richard Payne, Jon Allen Payne, Stacey Gray, Barack Obama and Maya Soetoro. She was predeceased by her sister Madelyn Payne Dunham and niece Stanley Ann Dunham.

There will be no service. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are being made by Walker's Funeral Home, Chapel Hill.

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Published in The News & Observer on Jun. 22, 2014.
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June 26, 2014
An example for all! I wish I had known her. Prayers to all.
June 25, 2014
She was an amazing women,sorry for your loss.
Vickie Smith
June 24, 2014
Hello, I am Suhaila Maya's 10-year old daughter and I wish I had known my great aunt. I'm sure she would be just like my Tutu, her sister--kind, smart, and generous. I'm sorry I never knew you Great Aunt Arlene. I send my love and condolences to you, Great Uncles Charles and Jack, and Auntie Marge.
Suhaila Ng
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