Our precious mom & grams, Mrs. Josephine (Jo) Elizabeth Payne, of Canton, OH, passed away on Sunday, July 08, 2018 at the age of 98. Jo was born to parents Joseph and Gladys Jenkins on February 19, 1920 in New Castle, PA. She was the middle of three siblings and attended New Castle High School, Business School (PA), Nyack College (NY) and Bryan College (TN).
Music of all kinds, especially gospel, was central in mom's life. Jo had many jobs in her career, among them College Professor, Elementary Teacher, and Administrative Assistant. In 1949, she married her sweetheart, Ted Payne. Together, Jo and Ted had a remarkable and loving marriage of 49 years until his death in 1998. They lived and served the Lord in Peru, Colombia, Brazil and in various states here in the U.S.
Throughout her life, "JoJo" touched the lives of those around her with her wit (a.k.a. sassiness), her firm but gentle spirit, her love and, above all, her steadfast faith in Christ.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Ted Payne; her parents, Joe & Gladys Jenkins; and her brothers, Benjamin and Edward Jenkins. She is survived by her son, George (Avis) Payne; her daughter, Jobie (Randy) Shore; son, Art Payne; granchildren Benjamin (Kimberly) Payne, Rachel (Luke) Gaul, Katie (Jhan) Payne de Chavez, Max Payne, and Theo Payne; six great-grandchildren Marci, Caleb, Jonas, Milo, Khalil and Dylan.
A celebration of Jo's life will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday July 14 at Whipple Heights Alliance Church, 4900 12th Street NW, Canton, Ohio 44708.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of Josephine Payne to Mission Aviation Fellowship: https://www.maf.org/donate/tribute
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