Lilly Bee Payne

November 8, 1931November 3, 2020

Lilly Bee Payne, 88, of New Albany, IN passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

She was born on November 8, 1931 to the late Raymond and Delta Ardella (Taylor) Arnett in Giddeon, MO.

Lilly was raised in and around rural southeast Missouri where she met and married her husband; Bill Payne, in St. Louis, MO in 1949. They were married for 52 years until his death in February 2001.

She was preceded in death by her siblings; Lucille Highley and Curtis Arnett.

Left to cherish the memory of Lilly are her children; Toni Hagar (Charles), Dennis Payne (Janice) and Bill Payne Jr. (Jennifer), 7 grandchildren; Nadine Hager, Roseann Hager, Sarah Payne, Michael Mathesius (Laura), Matthew Mathesius (Lisa), Gregory Mathesius (Rena) and Zachary Payne (Cassie), 10 great-grandchildren; Skyler, Hailey, Makayla, Grayson, Nicole, Matthew Jr., Noah, Addison, David and Kaylee, siblings; Charles Arnett and Dora Brower, extended family and friends.

Her urn will be placed at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date as well as a celebration of life.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society in Lilly's name.

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Matt Lowe

November 5, 2020 strongest condolences on the lost of your Mom. I did not know her, but I have seen the character of the man she raised which speaks to her love and kindness. My sympathies to you and your entire family.

Alegria Katona

November 5, 2020

My deepest sympathies go out to Lilly's family members and all who loved her. I count myself among the latter. She and I were friends and neighbors with regular dates for lunches and fun excursions that we shared with others at our stage of life. Lilly had a heart as big as all outdoors and enjoyed our little 'lunch bunch'. I am so saddened by her passing. She was a kind and generous soul, and the world was a better place with her in it.

Janice Payne

November 5, 2020

I was blessed to call Lilly Mom. We shared a home for 15 years and never once had a disagreement. Lilly was always such a caring person, always putting our needs before hers. I will miss her but know she is with Jesus as well as other loved ones.

Karen McShane

November 5, 2020

So sorry for the family loss. Lilly always had a smile and loved to be around people. She was always a joy. When her memory faded she still tried hard to remember and with encouragement she would complete the thought. May God wrap his arms around the family in their time of loss.

Mark & Dawn Shuler

November 4, 2020

We are so sorry to hear that Lilly has passed! We feel privileged to have known and spent time with her -- such a sweet and lively woman. We hope the warm memories of her will console her family at this difficult time -- our thoughts and prayers are with Dennis and Janice especially.

Dennis Payne

November 4, 2020

I have been truly blessed to have had Lilly as my Mother. She was small in stature but she was a strong woman who managed the household, cooked, cleaned, helped with homework, did the laundry, raised the kids, and all the other things Moms do.
Lilly was selfless, she did without many niceties so us kids could have better. She gave willingly of her time, resources, and hard effort to help others. She always had a kindness about her and was compassionate and caring to all she met. I have many friends I brought home over the years that have adopted her as "mom".
I cannot express how much I will miss her smiling face. Her Loving Son, Dennis


Lilly Bee Arnett Payne and Brother, Charles Arnett


Lilly Bee Arnett Payne and Brother, Charles Arnett

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