Virginia Lucretia Bigsby Payne
Virginia Lucretia Bigsby Payne — loving wife of Morris R. Payne and Momma to her two daughters Deanne Vance and Barbara Williams, Ammy to her two grandsons Jeff Vance and Jody Vance and his wife Mary Golden, and Ammy Gee to their two daughters Ruby Jane and Nora Gale, and “Jinx” to her sons-in-law Jerry Vance and Bruce Williams, her friends and extended family — assed from this life February 13, 2016.
She was born December 17, 1928, to George Erroll and Mabel Scott Bigsby in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She lived with her family during her early years on the Bigsby family farm near Lawrence, Kansas. Her family moved to Borger, Texas, in the late 1930’s where she lived until she graduated from Borger High School in 1945. She attended West Texas State College (now West Texas A&M University) for two years. She married Morris R. Payne April 1, 1949, in Lubbock, Texas, and they were married 59 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband Morris R. Payne, her younger sister Olla Mabel Bigsby, and her parents.
She is survived by her daughters Deanne (Jerry) Vance and Barbara (Bruce) Williams, grandsons Jody (Mary) Vance and Jeff Vance, and great-granddaughters Ruby and Nora.
She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law Barbara and Leonard Turner of Fresno, CA; her niece Lynn Solomon and family, her nieces Jo Beth Arterberry and Betty Sue Goodgion, and nephew James R. Payne.
Mrs. Payne was a member of the Lost Pines Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Smithville, TX; the General Society of Mayflower Descendants; the First Christian Church, Bastrop, TX; and began attending the Liberty Hill United Methodist Church after moving to Liberty Hill, TX following the 2011 Bastrop fire.
She was a successful secretary and office manager in both the oil and gas and insurance industries, as she followed her husband’s career promotions from Gruver, TX to Corpus Christi, TX then to Hobbs, N.M. back to Borger, TX, then to Odessa, TX, and finally retiring after they moved to Bastrop, TX in 1980. She enjoyed playing tennis and golf for many years. Her hobbies included reading, gardening, walking, fishing, and especially cheering for the Liberty Hill High School Panthers.
A kind and gracious woman, she greeted everyone with her friendly smile and sparkling brown eyes. A child of the Depression, she believed in hard work and completing each task the “right way.” She often said, “Love is family, and family is love,” and called her two daughters “my two treasures.”
The family would like to thank Dr. Esther Fields, Dr. Matthew Lester, the ICU nurses and the chaplain cadre at St. David’s Hospital, Georgetown, for their kindness and expert care. We especially offer our sincere gratitude to Wesleyan Hospice at the Wesleyan at Scenic for their loving and respectful care for our Mother.
Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Virginia L. Payne to the Wesleyan at Scenic or Wesleyan Hospice, 2100 Scenic Dr., STE: 140, Georgetown, TX 78626.
A memorial service will be held 11AM, Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the Liberty Hill United Methodist Church, 101 Church Street, Liberty Hill, Texas, 78642.