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Elizabeth J. Payne

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Elizabeth J. Payne, age 79 of Starbuck, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010 at Glacial Ridge Health Services in Glenwood.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 1, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glenwood, with Father Peter Kirchner Officiating. Burial will be in St. Bridget's Catholic Church Cemetery in De Graff, MN.

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Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 30, 2010 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson, where there will be a parish prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church for one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Alzheimer's Association of Minnesota.

Arrangements were with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.

Elizabeth Jule 'Betty' Payne was born on July 30, 1931, in Manannah, to Tobias and Lucille (McCarney) Foley. Betty grew up in the Eden Valley and Litchfield area and graduated from Litchfield High School with the Class of 1949. Betty lived and worked in Willmar until her marriage to Albert 'Bud' Payne on January 6, 1951. The young couple lived in Benson with Bud's parents until February, 1952. They moved to a farm outside Hancock where they farmed and raised livestock. Together they raised eleven children, six girls and five boys, with patience and love.

During the early years, Betty worked nights at the nursing home in Hancock. During their life on the farm, she baked (especially bread), cooked, canned, gardened, and dressed chickens. Her squash and apple pies were favorites. She made wine, hooked rugs, loved doing crossword puzzles, enjoyed walking, and took community education classes in typing, ceramics, and sewing for her children's clothing.

In 1982, Betty and Bud sold their farm, moved to Starbuck and built their dream home with the help of all their family and neighbors. Betty worked at the University of Minnesota, Morris, first in the Food Service and then in the US Post Office until her retirement in 1996. After Betty's retirement, Bud and Betty took a trip to Alaska and a family trip to Ireland.

Betty was known for loving all sports and attending her children's sporting events as well as all of the band and choir concerts. Throughout the years, she especially loved to watch the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. Betty loved playing a variety of card games. In her later years, she played many games of solitaire on the computer. She was a woman of strong love and faith, with Bud being the love of her life and a rosary as her constant companion. Betty's ability to endure trials and her quiet strength are a few of the precious gifts she gave to her family.

She passed away peacefully in their home on Sept. 26, 2010, after watching the Vikings win. She attained the age of 79 years, 1 month and 26 days.

Betty is survived by her husband Albert 'Bud' of Starbuck; her children: Kathy Payne of Minnetonka, Becky Payne of Minnetonka, Warren Payne (Ginger Schneider) of Lake City, David (Sue) Payne of Hibbing, Daniel (Gayle) Payne of Morris, Marg (Tom) Schmitz of Rosholt, S.D., Brian (Kristi) Payne of Princeton, Christine (Keith) Rieckman of Willmar, Brenda (Steve) DeMorett-Payne of Sartell, Rob (Maureen) Payne of Freeport, and Stephanie Payne (fiancé Marcus Howard) of Edina; 23 grandchildren: Jennifer (Joe) Fort, Melissa Payne, Tony (Leah) Payne, Karey (Jason Strege) Payne, Josh (Andrea) Payne, Joe (Sarah) Payne, Dawn (Sam) Weigel, Jeff Schmitz, Paul Schmitz, Nathan (Stacy) Payne, Jeremy (MaKayla) Payne, Tyler (Stephanie) Payne, Ryan Rieckman, Brandon Rieckman, Ben DeMorett, Connor DeMorett, Evan DeMorett, Logan Payne, Becca Schmitz, Logan Schmitz, Katana Howard, Quarrille Howard, and Nokoma Howard; seven great-grandchildren: Eva Fort, Amelia Payne, Warren Payne, Lexington Payne, Jack Payne, Dylan Keim, and Mason Rach; her brothers and sisters: Jim (Mabel) Foley of Litchfield, Mary Alice Walsh of Hastings, and Paul (JoAnn) Foley of Richmond.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Tobias 'Toby' and Lucille 'Lucy' Foley, sister Mary Patricia Foley, brother-in-law Clarence Walsh, and Betty's unborn infant.

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