Myers Funeral Home

2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, IN


Vivian L. Payne

April 14, 1937September 13, 2019

Vivian L. Payne, 82 of South Whitley passed away at 11:40 pm on Friday, September 13, 2019 at her residence. Vivian worked as a CNA for almost 30 years. She was a member of Washington Center United Methodist Church and loved her church family. Vivian enjoyed baking and cooking and spending time with her family, especially sitting on the porch with her husband.

Vivian was born on April 14, 1937 in Blossburg, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Harry and Nettie (Rhoades) Tanner.

She was united in marriage to Robert Payne on November 13, 1954. Her husband preceded her in death on May 28, 2013.

Survivors include five sons: Tim Payne of Fort Wayne; Bob (Vicki) Payne of Columbia City; Chris (Amy) Payne of Columbia City; David (Liz) Payne of South Whitley; Jeff Payne of South Whitley; a daughter: Bridgete (Terry) Smith of Huntington; two brothers: Cliff (Betty) Tanner, Larry (Charlotte) Tanner; a son-in-law: Sam Crossgrove of White Pigeon, MI; 23 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two daughters: Yovanda Crossgrove, Vickie Creech; two sisters: Betty Sterling, Opal Snyder and a brother: Gerald Tanner.

Memorial service will be incorporated into the church service on Sunday September 22, 2019 at the Washington Center United Methodist Church, 8010 S Washington Road, Columbia City with Pastor Bill Rapp officiating.

Memorial donations can be made out to Paralyzed Veterans of America or St. Jude Children’s Hospital both in care of Myers Funeral Home, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, IN 46750.

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  • Tim Payne, Son
  • Bob Payne, Son
  • Chris Payne, Son
  • David Payne, Son
  • Jeff Payne, Son
  • Bridgete Smith, Daughter
  • Cliff Tanner, Brother
  • Larry Tanner, Brother
  • Sam Crossgrove, Son-in-law
  • Robert Payne (deceased), Husband
  • Harry Tanner (deceased), Father
  • Nettie Tanner (deceased), Mother
  • Yovanda Crossgrove (deceased), Daughter
  • Vickie Creech (deceased), Daughter
  • Betty Sterling (deceased), Sister
  • Opal Snyder (deceased), Sister
  • Gerald Tanner (deceased), Brother
  • 23 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren


  • Memorial Service Sunday, September 22, 2019


Vivian L. Payne

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Carmen Holbrook

September 18, 2019

My grandma was a good person and will be missed very much. I remember skipping school to shop with her and spending alot of my days in the summer with her and grandpa. Shopping was one of our favorite hobbies. I was able to spend the last few weeks she had left with her helping to care for her. I'm just sad I wasn't there to hold her hand before she left us to get her wings.