Margaret "Peggy" Snow Payne
October 7, 1933 – January 6, 2020
Margaret “Peggy” Yvonne Snow Payne of Gibsonville passed away at The Hospice Home in Burlington on January 6, 2020 after bravely battling pancreatic cancer. She was 86. Her life will be celebrated at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church at 2 PM on Friday, January 10. Interment will be in the church cemetery followed by visitation in the church education center. Peggy was born in Guilford County to the late Ralph Leo and Margaret Thornlow Snow. She graduated from McLeansville High School and received her secretarial certificate from Women’s College (now UNCG). While in high school she met her soul mate Melvin Payne who she married in June 1952 and shared a wonderful life for 67 years. She was secretary for Brown Investment Properties for approximately 15 years and for more than 30 years she and Melvin were the owners/operators first of McLeansville Grocery and then Payne’s Food Plaza Inc. from which she retired in 1989. She worshipped at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir for 40 years and directed the choir as needed. Peggy was a true southern lady, the consummate hostess and amazing cook. She never let a special occasion go by without an offering of food, especially her delicious chicken pie. She was the matriarch of her family and chief organizer of family gatherings. Although the telephone is a faster method of communicating, Peggy felt that a handwritten card with a personalized note would brighten the day of the recipient. During their retirement, she and Melvin traveled the world with friends and family. Peggy kept herself to high standards and expected the same of her children and grandchildren, and leaves a legacy of hard work, generosity, love of family and community. Surviving Peggy is the love of her life, Melvin Payne of Gibsonville; her children and their spouses, Kenneth (Debbie) Payne of Greensboro and Kelly (Dean) Medley of Burlington; grandchildren, Kathryn Payne, John (Megan) Medley and Anna Medley; step-grandchildren, Lauren (Doug) Tabler and Sara (Jason) Warren; and step-sister, Sue (Ed) Long. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia; sister, Rebecca Williams and step-sister, Kay Black. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at The Hospice Home in Burlington for their compassionate care and kindness during Peggy’s stay. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Mt. Pleasant UMC, 5120 Burlington Road, Greensboro, NC 27405 or Hospice and Palliative Care, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215. Online condolences may be offered at www.haneslineberryfhnorthelm.com. Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm chapel is assisting the Payne family.
- Ralph Leo Snow & Margaret Thornlow Snow, Parents (deceased)
- Melvin S. Payne, Husband
- Kenneth Payne & wife Debbie, Son & Daughter-in-law
- Kelly Medley and husband Dean, Daughter & Son-in-law
- Patricia Payne, Daughter (deceased)
- Kathyrn Payne, John Medley & Anna Medley, Grandchildren
- Rebecca Williams, Sister (deceased)
- Sue Gorley Long & husband Ed, Stepsister
- Kay Gorley Black, Stepsister (deceased)
- Lauren Tabler & husband Doug, Step Granddaughter & Husband
- Sara Warren & husband Jason, Step Granddaughter & Husband
Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
5120 Burlington Road, Greensboro, North Carolina 27405
Hospice & Palliative Care of Alamance County
914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, North Carolina 27215
- Celebration of Life Friday, January 10, 2020
- A visitation will follow the service
Margaret "Peggy" Snow Payne
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January 9, 2020
To ALL of the family I am so very sorry for your loss!!!
Kenny, although I haven't seen or heard from you in years...it doesn't cloud any of the precious memories I hold in my heart of us being teenagers!!!
I am so sorry for your loss BUT you know you will see her again!!
I will be sending you my thoughts, love and prayers!!!!
Harriet (Lee) Snow Allen
January 8, 2020
God now has you in His care with no pain You are now one of God's most precious Angels. I along with so many people will miss you. I love you Peggy and will always carry you in my heart until we meet again.