Leona Frances Payne

January 9, 1935February 11, 2018

Leona “Pat” (Blackwell) Payne was born in Gunnison, CO January 9, 1935. And passed away February 11, 2018. She was born and raised in Colorado and loved her state immensely. She leaves behind four children Terry, Gene, Darrell, and Melanie. Preceding her in death are two daughters, Karen Moore and Joy Merritt. And her husband of 45 years, David Payne. Pat enjoyed many things. Her love for stray kitties brought so much joy to her. She would bring them in and give them a home to call their own. She enjoyed genealogy, gardening and being on a tropical beach. Her greatest love was her family from all over the US whom she found through her genealogy research. Her beloved Colorado is where she will rest in peace. Graveside services will be March 10, 2018 2:00PM at Orchard Mesa Cemetery Masonic Section 2. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation to an animal shelter of your choice.


  • Funneral Service Saturday, March 10, 2018

Leona Frances Payne

have a memory or condolence to add?

Kim Dubick

March 5, 2018

I truly loved and admired my Aunt Patsy, and wish we had been able to see each other more often. She was so sweet to fly out to attend my mom's/her youngest sister's funeral, accompanied by her daughter/my cousin, Melanie, and Aunt Patsy and I kept in touch ever since (2010). I will genuinely miss hearing from her (and our conversations about family, rescuing cats, moving/travel, etc.) Sending my deepest sympathy to Melanie, Terry, Gene, Darrell, and their families as well. Much love, Kim