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4/18/2012 10:01:00 AM
Obituary: Dorothy Ellen Payne (Byars)

Dorothy Ellen Payne (Byars) passed away at her home Monday, April 16, 2012 surrounded by her family who all loved her very much. Dorothy's family (Thompsons and Purtymans) settled Indian Gardens in Oak Creek Canyon during the late 19th Century. Born on April 3, 1926, to Erma and Walter Baker, Dorothy lived in this area till she was in the second grade when her family moved to Williams, Ariz.

Dorothy grew up in Williams, which is where she met and married the love of her life, Jerry Payne. Dorothy and Jerry had four children - Tommy, Jerry, Brett, and Debbie.

During the mid-fifties Dorothy and Jerry bought and ran the historic El Pinado Hotel, which they owned approximately 10 years. In 1960 they also bought the Dairy Queen, which has been owned by the family for 52 years. Unexpectedly, in 1966 Jerry died tragically, leaving Dorothy with the two youngest children to raise (Brett, Debbie).

One of Dorothy's hobbies was bowling and she was on a league for 25 years. During this time she traveled to many places within the U.S. and abroad. Dorothy also cherished the time she spent with her dearest friends (whom she had known since childhood) Robby Smith, Mary Pitts, and Bonnie Perkins. For many years they could be found at Rosa's on Friday nights.

Although her life was filled with many unexpected tragedies, Dorothy possessed a zest for life and was always able to smile and laugh. =Indeed, Dorothy was strong, dignified, and brave till her final breath. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Jerry (1966), her eldest son Tommy (1977), her son Jerry (2003), and her grandson Michael (1991).

Dorothy is survived by her son Brett (Darlene), daughter Debbie (Tim), grandchildren Gina, Jerry, Lisa, Lee, Brett Jr., Cody, Nichole, Melissa, Kassie, and Jenise, and one brother Herbert Baker, as well as 19 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Williams Cemetery. Condolences can be sent to www.norvelowensmortuary.com.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Article comment by: Brandon Evans

I was so very sorry to hear about the death of Dorothy. I can't begin to imagine how difficult this time must be for her family. I know Dorothy was a great Lady and that this loss will leave a great hole in your life.
Dorothy was in my life at an early age when she opened the ice cream restaurant next door then moved it 2 blocks away near the Chevrolet Dealer. I remember after the move I could not wait to be old enough to be allowed cross two streets to visit Dairy Queen and Dorothy. The first day I was allowed to make the trek alone Dorothy was waiting with a big smile and a hug for congratulations, ( I think my Mother must have warned her I was making my maiden voyage as Dorothy made it special). I cherish that memory and the special friendship we enjoyed over the years. She was a special Lady in my life and will be missed. Brett, Debbie and Family, I hope the fond memories can bring a smile to your face even in this time of sorrow.

Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Article comment by: Harriet Lockwood

I knew Dorothy and I alway liked her. Her huband and dorothy live right across the street from me and I remember that she would bath tommy and little Gerry in a big pan. Tommy, Jerry, Tommy Bowdon and I would do things to getter. I allways like Dorothy and I will always remember as Payne because I did know Brye.

Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Article comment by: Jeannie Goeglein Maillie

I am very sorry to hear about Dorothy. My Mother and Dorothy had been friends since 1950, so she was a part of my childhood memories. I will always remember her smile and laugh. She was beautiful. I know she will be greatly missed.

Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Article comment by: A Friend

To the family of Dorthy, I am so sorry to hear about her passing. I send my heartfelt sympathy and prayers. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. She was a good friend and such a sweet person. God Bless You, One and All.

Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Article comment by: Linda Inman-Morris

God Bless The Family of Dorothy Ellen Payne no words can or will express the pain that you are going through. Always remember the Love, Kindness and Big Heart she had, everyone that knew her, knows she had these fine qualities about her. God bless you Debbie& Tim,Brett& Darlene, and to all of her grandchildren and great children. Our hearts go out to all of you.
Love the Inman Family.

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