Louise Sue Payne, 73, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at her home.
She was born on March 6, 1941, in Paragould, Ark., a daughter to the late Wesley Branch and Gracie (Forshee) Branch Hutchins.
On Sept. 21, 1957, Louise Branch married Albert M. Payne, the love of her life, in Granite City, and he passed away on May 10, 2006.
Louise was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church and a member of the American Rose Society. She loved working with her roses and flowers. Everyone knew her home as the one with the beautiful roses. She loved going fishing and always amazed everyone when she would catch the “big one” on her cane pole. Louise enjoyed reliving and sharing the details of her trip to Utah for her great-niece’s wedding. She always loved the mountains, whether in Utah or on her trips with Sandy and Perry through the Great Smoky Mountains. She loved attending concerts to listen to her granddaughter Jacqui play the flute or piano, especially the concerts in the park when BoBo and Teddy accompanied her. She was so proud that her sons had grown into fine men. She worked hard for years to provide for her family after her husband was disabled. Her last job was working in the cafeteria at Holy Family School. Louise will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
In addition to her parents and husband, Louise was preceded in death by one son in infancy, Albert M. Payne, Jr.; two sisters, Inez Niesporek and Jewel Stark; three brothers, Donald, Carl and Earl Branch; and a special nephew and niece, Bobby and Deanna Niesporek.
Louise is survived by her loving daughters and son-in-laws, Marsha and Jeff Kinder of Murphysboro, and Sandra and Perry Rogers of Granite City; two loving sons, Albert Steven Payne of Racine, Wis., and Danny Payne of Florida; one sister, Opal Thompson; seven grandchildren, Jacqui Rogers, Michael (Samantha) Payne, Nicholas Payne, Heather Payne, Denise Cherry, Joshua Brown and Jennifer Brown; seven great-grandchildren, Lyla Lynch, Layka Lynch, Alexavier Cherry, Abigail Cherry, Hayden Cherry, Alexandria Dooley and Anastasia Dooley; special niece, Debbie Niesporek; special nephews, Butch (Suzie) Niesporek and Roger (Evon) Niesporek; beloved pets and constant companions, BoBo and Teddy; many other nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews; extended family and friends.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City.
In celebration of her life, a funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, Granite City, with Father Jeff Holtman officiating. Louise will be laid to rest next to Albert at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville.
Memorial donations may be given to Granite City APA or in the form of Masses to Holy Family Catholic Church and will be accepted at the funeral home or church, www.irwinchapel.com.