Jean A. Smith Payne
February 11, 1932-November 26, 2020
Jean A. (Letts) Smith Payne of Mason City, Iowa passed away on "Thanksgiving Day", November 26, 2020 at Oakwood Care Center, Clear Lake, Iowa. She died of complications related to COVID-19. Arrangements are with Major Erickson Funeral Home in Mason City. A memorial will be held later.
Jean was born in Waterloo, Iowa on February 11, 1932 to Francis Letts and Berniece (Tippin) Letts. She graduated from Mason City High School in 1950. Jean attended Iowa State University and played the clarinet in the Cyclones Marching Band in 1950-1951.
On September 22, 1951 she married Richard D. Smith at Prairie Creek Church in Vinton, Iowa. Together they had two daughters, Connie and Lynn. They resided in several places from 1951 until they settled in Mason City in 1972. After celebrating their 25th Anniversary he passed away suddenly in 1978.
In 1987 Jean married a classmate on May 9, Lowell R. Payne. They loved to travel to Washington to see her daughter and enjoyed traveling to visit friends. Lowell passed away suddenly in 2003.
In her spare time, she loved to sew, knit, embroidery, and quilt for her children and grandchildren. Everyone got a handmade quilt.
After moving to Mason City, she was employed at North Iowa Vocational Center. After her first husband passed away, she needed to quickly get her Real-estate broker's license to continue to keep the R. D. Smith Agency open. During her career, she also worked for Partners and Remax Realty.
She was active in many organizations; Wesley Methodist Church, Mason City Board of Realtors, the Order of Eastern Star (past worthy Matron), Shrine Women, North Iowa Quilt Guild, New Horizon Band, and she was on the committee for the Mason City Class of 1950-Class Reunions.
She loved to play bridge and belonged to several bridge clubs.
She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She is survived by Connie (Glen) Stille and Lynn (Dutch) Anker; grandchildren Erin Pohlman, Haley (Anthony) Parker, Richard (Sonia) Anker, Michael Anker, Mark Anker, and Kenneth (Maria) Anker; great grandchildren Anjelika Anker, Anika (Bruce) Vilia, Camron Pohlman, Henry Anker, and Brooke and Emma Parker.
She was preceded in death by her husband's Richard and Lowell, her parents Francis and Berniece, and sisters JoAnn Bergen and Judy Price.
We will announce the date of the memorial in the paper, hopefully this summer.
Arrangements are with Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, 111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Mason City, Iowa 50401, 641-423-0924, www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com.