Independence – Betty J. Payne, 90 years old, of Independence, Iowa, died on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at Prairie Hills Assisted Living in Independence. She was born on April 7, 1930, in Traer, Iowa, the daughter of Luther Lynn and Bessie June (Marovec) Perry. She graduated from high school in Quasqueton, Iowa, with the Class of 1947. On June 6, 1948, she and George Grover Payne, Jr. were married at her parents’ home in Buchanan Co., Iowa. He preceded her in death in 1995. Mrs. Payne was a former 4-H Leader and Girl Scout Leader, and a former member of the Quasqueton Garden Club. She was a Master Gardener and judged at the Master Flower Shows. She was a member of the Independence Garden Club.
Mrs. Payne is survived by 3 daughters, Pamela (Ronald) Greathouse of Washington, Iowa, Sandra Payne of Independence, and Amy (Daniel) Johnson of St. Charles, Iowa, 5 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and 1 sister-in-law, Loretto Perry of Hazleton, Iowa.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and 2 brothers, Luther Perry and Laverne Perry.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 11, 2020, at the White Funeral Home in Independence with Larry Crow officiating. Burial will be in Wilson Cemetery in Independence. Friends may call for visitation after 10 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home. On line condolences may be left at www.White-MtHope.com.