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Mar 31

Martha Louise (Blann) Payton

I dedicate this post to my Dear Mother who recently passed away . . .

Mum, You’ll be in my heart, forever!

Mother in December of 2007

Longtime resident of Republic, MO, Marty Payton, was well known for her positive attitude and cheerful disposition, stood firm in her faith in Jesus Christ whom she loved with all her heart, maintained a sweet spirit, and was a continual encouragement to everyone.

She passed away peacefully in her sleep from a brain tumor at the age of 66 on the evening of Wednesday, March 26th in her home, surrounded by her family. Marty joined her father and mother, William and Alta Blann; her brother, Robert; and her granddaughter, Keilah Horner, in heaven.

Marty was born on April 16th, 1941 in Stamford, CT. She grew up in Wisconsin and met her future husband, Jerry Payton, in Jonesboro, AR. They were married on August 6, 1960 and have five children: Stephen from Springfield, MO, wife Becky (Westerman); Shelley from Clever, MO, husband Garry Forell; Anne from Battlefield, MO, husband Cavin Cowan; Amy from Springfield, MO, husband Shane Cloud; Christy from Nashville, TN, husband Michael Ghaffari. With eleven grandchildren: Jonathan, Kristin and Brittany Forell; Caitlin, Coty and Camry Cowan; Jordyn and John Lake Horner, Elijah Cloud; Evan and Andrew Payton. Marty’s sister Peggy (Blann) Phifer lives in Las Vegas, NV with husband Jim Phifer.

Marty was an administrative assistant for Keller Williams Realty and an Independent Marketing Director for Team National. She was a member of James River Assembly in Ozark, MO. Marty enjoyed traveling, and last year, she and Jerry celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary in Hawaii. Always “on the go”, she led an active and exuberant lifestyle. She loved to spend time with friends, family, and her grandchildren.

A private graveside ceremony was held at Manley Cemetery in Battlefield, MO on Saturday, March 29th. Marty’s desire was for friends and family to gather in celebration of LIFE. Her memorial service is at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 2nd in Clark Chapel at James River Assembly in Ozark, MO. Donations can be made in memory of Marty to Camp Barnabas, a non-denominational Christian summer camp for children with special needs. Contact Meador Funeral Home in Republic, MO, or by visiting CampBarnabas.Org.

For a wonderful view of Marty’s life, please visit her blog established by her Sister Peggy Blann Phifer. This site contains numerous quotes and updates from family members written of the past several months.

~SP

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