Helen Payne

1923 - 2012

Helen Webb Payne, 89, was born May 19, 1923, in Walla Walla to Paul Webb Sr. and Minta Pettyjohn Webb. She graduated from Walla Walla High School and attended Whitman College for two years. Helen was a third generation Walla Walla wheat farmer.

Helen married Bill Payne on June 15, 1986, in Medina, Wash. He was also a wheat farmer. She loved people and approached life with a spirit full of celebration of social events of all kinds. She was very generous, never met a stranger, and was extremely knowledgeable about antique furniture. Her family and friends meant everything to her. Helen was a member of PEO, Walla Walla Country Club, Elks Club of Walla Walla, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Valley Grove Bridgettes.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Payne of Waitsburg; daughter, Mary (Arvid Knee) Martin of Seattle; son, Rich Morse (Corky) of Kirkland; two granddaugthers, Sharon Martin of Walla Walla and Amy Martin of Cherry Hills, Colo.; two grandsons, Bart Morse (Adelle) of Pasadena, Calif., and Chris Morse of Bellevue, Wash.; three great-grandchildren, Finnegan J. Martin of Walla Walla, Everly Morse and Sienna Morse of Pasadena, Calif.; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Philadelphia; her parents; brother, Paul Webb Jr.; sisters, Ruth Cleveland and Mary McGough; first husband, Harry B. Morse, Jr.

The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Sept. 13, 2012, at St Paul’s Episcopal Church with Father Ernie Campbell officiating. There will be a reception to follow the memorial service at the Walla Walla Country Club. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, PEO, or charity of choice through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA. Friends and family are invited to sign the online guest book at www.herringgroseclose.

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