Nancy Payne

Funeral services for Nancy O. Payne, 74, Lawrence, will be at 7 pm Thursday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be at 1 pm Friday at Oakwood Cemetery, Milan, Mo. Nancy passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at her home.

She was born Dec. 6, 1940, in Wellman, Iowa, the daughter of George and Gladys Sinkey Bell. She moved to Lawrence in 1961. Nancy worked at Hallmark Cards for many years in several different departments, and later at Anthony Chiropractic as an accountant. She spent the last 20+ years working at Midwest Property Management as an accountant. She was a Charter Member of the Red Hat Ladies of Kansas City, and enjoyed bowling for many years with her sisters and close friends, and was a lifetime member and served as secretary of the Lawrence Women’s Bowling Association. Nancy was an avid gardener, loved to travel, and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She married John R. Payne on Sept. 8, 1960, in Sigourney, Iowa. He survives of the home. Other survivors include a daughter, Julie Katzfey, Lake Waukomis, Mo.; granddaughter Kendall Overman and husband Trent and their children Easton, Caroline, and Hudson, Olathe; grandchildren Jordan, Brian, & Auston Katzfey, Eudora; four brothers, John Bell and wife Hazel, Marion, Ohio, Russell Bell and wife Mary, Canyon City, Calif., Lonnie Bell and wife Pauline, Sigourney, Iowa, and George Bell and wife Terri, St. Paul, Minn,; three sisters, Merry Avery and Jeannie Porter, both of Lawrence, and Penny Melzarek, Eagan, Minn. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant daughter, Nannette Payne.

Friends may call from 9 am to 8 pm Thursday at the funeral home, where the family will receive them from 5:30 until service time Thursday. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Lawrence Youth Bowling Program, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at

Messages & Condolences

From Jose Leanos...

John, my deepest sympathies and condolences to you and your family in this sad time. God bless to all.

From Ben Trytten...

Nancy was an amazing lady. I feel privileged to have gotten to know her over the last 10+ years of working together. Nancy had such a positive attitude and a strong work ethic. She always told me she was going to work until she died, and she basically pulled that off. I am sure going to miss her smile, jokes and our lunch outings. John-if there is anything I can do to help you through this tough time, don’t hesitate to call.

From Sally Jones...

May all the happy memories help you through this time of sorrow. So sorry for your loss.

From Sally Jones...

May all the happy memories help you through this time of sorrow. Nancy is missed already…her lovely smile and wonderful outlook on life.

From Carlene (McHargue)Jacobs...

John Richard & Family,

So very sorry for your loss.

From Ed & Margie Hackett...

John and family, we are so sorry for your loss of Nancy. She will not be forgotten..

From Jerry Frazier...

Sorry John to hear about Nancy’s passing. She always had such a positive attitude at work that it was a joy to be around her. I hope this finds you and your family well. May God bless you as you move ahead in you life.

My best regards,
Jerry Frazier

From Katzfey Family...

John, Julie and family,
So sorry to hear about Nancy.I know she will be truly missed. May you find comfort with each passing day and know that she is in such a beautiful place today with all who had gone before her. May God hold you in his arms and comfort you in the days ahead. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

From Carol Jo Sloan...


I am so sorry to learn of Nancy’s passing. I know how close you two were.

My sympathy to you, John, and all of your family. If you want to talk, I’m only a phone call away. God bless all of you.

From Fishburn...

So sorry to hear of your Moms passing.
I know you will miss her. Your in my prayers.

From Edith Hensley...

Nancy was a special friend. I enjoyed being with her
as she was always pleasant and happy with a
beautiful smile. What a great time we had at our
Red Hat outings. Nancy will be missed very much by
her many friends, but fond memories will be with us
God be with her Family on this journey of grief and
sadness. Love to all

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