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June 4, 1940 - December 4, 2015
Kay Payne, age 75, Philip, S.D., died on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Wilma "Kay" Abel was born June 4, 1940, in Pierre, the daughter of Myrna (Boal) and Wilmer Abel.
Kay started her education in the Presho elementary school. In the fall of 1951, she moved with her family to Murdo, where her father was employed. She graduated from elementary school in the spring on 1955. In the fall of 1955, she moved with her family to Midland, where her father was employed. Kay graduated from Midland High School in 1959.
In 1960, she attended and graduated from Greenes School of Cosmetology in Rapid City, working for a short time at The Beauty Shop in Murdo, but due to health reasons had to quit. In the spring of 1961, she went to work at the Quinn Hospital until it closed in 1964.
In 1963, she was united in marriage to Norman Payne in Pierre. To this union two children were born, Douglas in 1963 and Kaelyn in 1970. In 1977, Kay went to work for the Haakon School District in the dietary department until December 1999.
Kay loved to quilt and made over 100 baby blankets. She spent many hours in her garden and flower bed. Norm and Kay enjoyed their RV, and traveled to all 50 states as well as all the providences of Canada and most of the territories.
She was a member of the United Church and the United Church Women of Philip.
Grateful for sharing her life is her husband of 52 years, Norman "Norm" Payne, Philip; daughter, Kaelyn McSherry and her husband, Chris, Rapid City; granddaughters, Ashley Neville, Mesa, Ariz., and Taylor McSherry, Rapid City; two grandsons, Drill Sgt. Derek "DJ" Neville and his wife, Amanda, Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., and Kyle McSherry, Rapid City; one sister, Miriam Schilling and her husband, Ivan, Gillette, Wyo.; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her son, Douglas, on Sept. 1, 1999; her parents; and one brother, Robert.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the United Church in Philip, with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating.
Private entombment was at Pine Lawn Cemetery in Rapid City.
Arrangements were with Rush Funeral Home of Philip.