Stevens Memorial Chapel

607 28th Street, Ames, IA


Rhonda R Payton

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Rhonda Rae Payton, 58, passed away with family by her side on Monday, June 29, 2020 at her home in Ames. A Celebration of Life will take place from 1:00-4:00PM, with a time for memory sharing at 3:00PM, on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Stevens Memorial Chapel (601 28th Street Ames, IA 50010).

Rhonda was born in Breese, Illinois to James and Alice (Rosenkranz) Growe. She graduated from Collinsville High School in 1980. Rhonda was married to Timothy Payton on February 18, 2014 (after being partners in life since 1994) in Ames, Iowa. Rhonda was a former server at Perkins for 13 years.

Rhonda enjoyed many things including, cooking and baking, especially for her boys and their friends. She was an avid reader and especially liked romantic novels and books. She also enjoyed sewing and one of her largest regrets after sustaining a life altering brain injury was that she could no longer make her special beds for her beloved dogs. When she was not otherwise involved you could find or hear her cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones from either the sideline or in front of the television. In addition to her hobbies one of Rhonda's greatest joys was taking care of and enjoying the company of her family's dogs. She cared for and loved each of them as her own children and it would have been very unlikey to see less than three family dogs in her home.

Left to remember and hold dear in their heart are Rhonda’s husband, Timothy Payton of Ames, IA; children; Brendan Pannier and wife Carri of Stanley, NC and Nicholas Pannier of Ames, and Paige Payton and her fiance Dwayne Davis of Douglas, WY; siblings: Pam Meng, Deron Growe and John Gasawski, all of Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren: Aislyn Davis and Dwayne “DJ” Davis Jr. both of Douglas, WY and Leon Pannier of Stanley, NC.

Online condolence and fond memories of Rhonda may be shared with the Payton family on her page at www.stevensmemorialchapel.com.


  • James Growe, Father (deceased)
  • Alice (Rosenkranz) Growe, Mother (deceased)
  • Timothy Payton, Husband
  • Brendan Pannier (Carri), Son
  • Nicholas Pannier, Son
  • Paige Payton (Dwayne Davis), Daughter
  • Pam Meng, Sibling
  • Deron Growe, Sibling
  • John Gasawski, Sibling
  • Aislyn Davis, Grandchild
  • Dwayne "DJ" Davis Jr., Grandchild
  • Leon Pannier, Grandchild


  • Celebration of Life

    dimanche, 12 juillet , 2020


Rhonda R Payton


Susan Growe

7 juillet , 2020

I have nothing but wonderful great memories of Rhonda. My hope is she has been reunited with her brother Scott and are sharing many fun memories together again. Love and miss you Rhonda. ❤️

Jean & Chuck Jahren

6 juillet , 2020

Rhonda always seemed so full of energy until the struggles of the last few years. Sending wishes of peace and comfort to Tim, Brendon, Nic, Bella, Bonnie & Shadow.

Nancy and Neal Bowers

5 juillet , 2020

Rhonda holds a special place in our memories. We looked forward to seeing her weekly on visits to Perkins, where her outgoing and happy personality cheered us and lifted our spirits. Rest in peace, Rhonda.

Ashley W.

5 juillet , 2020

Tim & family-
My sincere condolences on the passing of Rhonda. We will all miss seeing you Tim strolling Rhonda in through our doors with such positive attitudes & always so friendly to all the staff. We will sure miss our chats about the cyclones, new updates in ames, hearing about your family and your dogs! Rhonda holds one special place in our hearts. I know she is resting in peace now but that doesnt make it any easier when such a great women passed to soon. We are thinking of you all!
Mercy One PMR

Tara Stassen

30 juin , 2020

Being your neighbor for years...Love You Forever...Rest Easy my Friend😘❤😭🙏

Brenda Askland

30 juin , 2020

We are so sorry to hear of Rhonda’s passing. When she worked at Perkins, she was our server of choice. She was so kind and excellent at her job. Always putting the customer first, something you don’t see so much of today. Rest easy Rhonda.