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Betty Payne

Betty Jane Payne (McKay)

Tuesday, July 15th, 1930 - Monday, June 1st, 2020
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Betty Jane Payne, 89, of Bolivar, passed away Monday, June 1, 2020, at the Happy Valley Nursing Home in Marionville, Missouri. Betty was born July 15, 1930 in Fouke, Arkansas to John and Ruby McKay.

Betty belonged to that great and tough generation of people who grew up during the Great Depression and WWII. After WWII ended, she married her Navy sailor, Emmuel “Randy” Brewer, and they had three children, Anna Carol, Michael Douglas, and David Kim. In 1958, after life had taken many turns, she would come to live in Bolivar, Missouri where she was employed with the Upjohn In-home Care for many years. Then, in 1972, after her marriage to James Lee Payne, she helped James; owner and operator of the Payne Implement Company, in Bolivar, Missouri. Betty was a lifelong animal lover, and volunteered regularly at “Going to The Dogs”, a local animal rescue facility at the time.

Betty loved to read books, write letters to her friends and family and take pictures. Her passion was cooking, a leisure afternoon at Dunnegan Park and spending time with her grandchildren. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Emmuel Randy Brewer, husband, James Lee Payne, two brothers, James and Jack, two sisters, Addie and Virginia, daughter, Anna Carol, two granddaughters, Erica Brewer and Beth Weber, and step-son, Johnny Huggins.

Betty is survived by two sons, Michael Brewer (Cheryl) of Columbia, MO, David Brewer (Twyla) of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, two step-sons, Michael and Ronnie Huggins of Springfield, MO, five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren, Amy Newell (Todd; Austin, Alexandria, Max) of Titusville, Florida, Rachel Morris (Chris; Seth) of Corpus Christi, Texas, Sarah Lee; (Cameron, Porter) of Mission, Kansas, Ian Brewer (Lydia; Rubie) of Seattle, Washington and Emily Collins (Jeremy; Ivory ) of Rocklin, California, great grandsons Shawn and Devin Weber of Fulton, MO and one great-great grandchild Josh Murphy of Fulton, her extended Payne Family and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions can be made in Betty's honor to your local Humane Society or to Alzheimer’s Research. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home of Springfield with a graveside service at a later date.
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Michael Brewer

Posted at 07:49pm
My mother was born July 15, 1930 and was a child of the Great Depression. She became the Wartime Sweetheart of my dad, Emmuel Randy Brewer and they were married on December 5, 1945. By the time I was born in December 1948, my mother was only 18 years old and with two children. She was a beautiful young woman with movie-star looks and always a pretty smile. Sadly, there were difficult times ahead of her but there were many good times. My mother would go on to have four husbands and raise nine children. I always loved her but sometimes found it difficult to like her. She was a beautiful child of the 30's, a classy woman of the 40's, a Mother of the 50's and more than her name got changed in the 60's, & 70's. The 80's and 90's were good years for mom when she helped her husband James in managing his farm implement business in Bolivar, Missouri. The last 20 years were not easy years as she dealt with various health problems and eventually dementia would take its toll on her. Through it all, she loved her grandchildren more than anything in the world and cherished the time she spent with them. I like to remember her when she was young and so full of life and promise; the days when she was married to my dad and was the wife of a Navy sailor, the days of wine and roses. I love you Mom.
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Rachel Morris

Posted at 05:52pm
My Grandma had her good days and her not so good days... She was a great cook and kept a very clean home.

She showed me a lot from how to make potato salad to what it looked like to be the book keeper of her husbands company.. Which I am now for mine.

And I will always think of her when I smell Kentucky fried chicken.

She was always giving me tips she would come across as an avid reader of many books, almanacs and newspapers.

My grandma Betty also gave me my Dad and for that I will always be grateful. And I loved her very much though she didn't always make it easy to.

I am sharing a photo that meant a lot to me because she and my grandpa drove from Bolivar , Missouri to Del Ray Beach , Florida to attend my wedding.
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