Born 5-19-1918 -- Died 1-20-2004
Mary June England, daughter of the late Floyd Payne and Bertie May Robinson Payne, was born May 19, 1918, in Myrtle, Mo., and died Jan. 20, 2004, in Springfield, Mo., at the age of 85 years.
She was married June 14, 1936, in Salem, Ark., to Hanford England.
She was devoted to her family, especially her grandchildren who were truly the "lights of her life." She was interested in genealogy and spent hours researching and talking about her ancestors. She enjoyed quilting and was an avid reader. She was proud to be the descendant of an American Revolutionary Ware Patriot and a member of Rachel Donelson Chapter of DAR in Springfield. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Thayer, since 1977.
Survivors include her husband, Hanford, of Springfield, Mo.; A daughter, Mary Yarber and husband, Gary, of Fair Grove, Mo.; a grandson, Bubba Shaw and wife, Angie, of Thayer; five granddaughters -- Claudia Delgado, of Hutchison, Kan., Sarah Habiger and husband, Dr. Tom Habiger, of Springfield, Laura Banks and husband, Mike, of Stuttgart, Germany, Starr Fercho and husband, Jacob, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Robin Moody and husband, Terry of Benton, Ark.; 13 grandchildren; a brother, Richard Payne and wife, Rebecca of Zihuatajeno, Mexico; five brothers-in-law -- Gordon England and wife, Bertha of Myrtle, Mo., Walter England and wife, Louise, of Beebe, Ark., Noah England and wife, Wanda, of Thayer, Dan England and wife, Janie, of Waldo, Ark., and Eugene James and wife, Mary Lou of West Plains; a sister-in-law, Lula and Al Lamere of Alton, Ill., and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister; three brothers-in-law, and one sister-in-law.
The funeral was Jan. 24, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Mo., with Bill Bales officiating. Interment was in Thayer Cemetery with arrangements under the direction of Carter Funeral Home Inc. of Thayer, Mo.
Pallbearers were Allen Payne, Chuck Brewer, Bubba Shaw, Danny King, Lyn Lee and Lee Mitchell.