Shirley Payne


August 21, 2014 - 12:00 AM

Shirley R. Payne, 78, Colony, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at Allen County Regional Hospital.
She was born on Sept. 15, 1935, in the Northcott Community, rural Colony, the daughter of Carl and Wilma (Gilliland) McGhee. As a young girl, her family moved to the Bloomfield, Iowa, area. She and her siblings rode horses several miles to attend a one room country school. The family later returned to the Colony area and she graduated from Colony High School. Shirley met her future husband in Colony. Shirley was united in marriage to Carl E. Payne on July 14, 1952, in Iola. This union was blessed with four children.
Shirley worked for Warner Manufacturing in Garnett for five years. She also sold Avon. Shirley then began working in Iola where she worked at TG&Y for five years, Knorps Pharmacy for two years and then for ACE Hardware. Shirley enjoyed quilting and crocheting as her hobby as well as a side job. Everything she did was hand sewn; she never used a machine for the quilting. She also enjoyed canning from her garden, crossword puzzles, bird watching, fishing and camping.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Carl on June 30, 2011; infant daughter Melanie; and one sister, Carlene McGhee.
Shirley is survived by one son, Steven Payne and wife Debbie, Alsea, Ore.; two daughters, Sharon Layne and husband Ron Poffenbarger, Iola, and Annette Crawford, Colony; eight grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Don McGhee and wife Pat, Iola; Larry McGhee and wife Judy, Edwardsville; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel in Colony. Burial will follow in Colony Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Colony First Responders. Condolences may be left for the family at

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