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Virginia Payne

January 2, 2018


Virginia L. Payne 87, died Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Newton Presbyterian Manor in Newton, Kansas. She was born February 2, 1930 in Saint Paul, Kansas to Charles and Vera (Mudd) Groner.  ON July 1, 1950 she married Claude “Tony” Payne at St. Paul, Kansas and he preceded her in death on February 2, 1988. 


Virginia was a long time Newton resident and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newton.  She worked many years as a supply clerk in both the former Axtell Hospital and Newton Medical Center.  She enjoyed her work and made many friends at the hospital.  Sewing and Puzzles kept Virginia busy in her free time, as did her love of walking. Virginia could be often found out on her walks enjoying her neighborhood.  Family was important to Virginia and she looked forward to spending time with her loving family and many friends. She especially enjoyed car trips and exploring new places with her family.


Virginia’s family would like to share a special thank you to the staff of Newton Presbyterian Manor and Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice for their tender care in Mother’s final days. It was great appreciated.


She is survived by her daughters: Gail Gilchrist and her husband Ron of North Newton, KS; Carla Regehr and her husband Ron of Kechi, Kansas; Son Gary Payne of Newton, KS; sister Lou Piotrowski of Ft. Scott, KS and Brother Warren Groner of Girard, KS.


She is also survived by 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.


Virginia is preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with The Reverend Nicholas Voelker presiding.  Recitation of the Holy Rosary will preceded Mass at 9:30 a.m. at the Church.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Newton.  Visitation will be 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at Petersen Funeral Home.


Memorials may be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Care of Petersen Funeral Home. 


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3 thoughts on “Virginia Payne

  1. Virginia was such a sweet lady! I have several fun memories of her! I loved her smile and her laugh! Thank you to the family for allowing us to care for her!!! She will be missed!!!

  2. So sorry for your loss. Virginia was a very sweet and fun lady. She would always light up a room and was fun to be around!

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