Obituary: Margaret Ann Payne

Peggy Payne

Margaret Ann Payne

May 7, 1935 ~ Feb. 1, 2019

Stubborn as always, Margaret Ann Payne, also known as Peggy, Grandma, Shorty, Mom and Piggy, passed away three days after the doctor stated she would not survive the night she quietly passed the morning of Feb. 1, 2019. With loved ones in and out of her hospital room we could not help but reminisce about the good old times. The time when Peggy met her husband, Al Payne, while cruising down 16th Street Mall. To where her father said that she was going to marry that man one day and Peggy admonished that she would not marry him. Six months later led to walking down the aisle to 49 years later when Al passed away leaving three children and lasting memories. John was the eldest, Jimmy the middle child and last but not least Karen who was the youngest and the only girl.

As a family they moved from one home in Denver to another until 1975 and they finally ended up in Idledale, Colo. Here there were many Christmas Eve dinner parties with an abundance of family, meatloaf and potato salad, noteworthy road trips from one state to another, endless hours of hide and seek, many nights of poker, gin rummy and pinnacle, the record player always ready to spin, or one of the many Colorado baseball or football games playing in the background.

After Al’s passing Peggy moved to Rangely, Colo., to live near her son John Payne and his family. While introducing herself to the new neighbors she would comment that she “was the Payne who lived next door.” Here she spent 15 years, moving from the apartment behind Giovanni’s—John’s Italian restaurant, to Eagle Crest—an assisted living home. She spent five years here with endless nights of Skip-Bo, multiple Krispy Kreme donuts and many Reese’s peanut butter cups, and developing relationships with everyone she met.

All in all, Peggy was one to never complain and always did what needed to be done. She has taught us life lessons without even teaching us. She taught us these lessons by just doing them.

Peggy was loved by her two sons and their wives John and Sandy Payne, and Jim and Jamie Payne, and her daughter and husband, Karen and Hal Midcap. Her 10 grandchildren Jennifer and husband Matt Noel, Jason and his wife Amy Payne, Jessica and her husband Scott Hendrickson, Mindy and her husband Mickey Denison, Cassie Payne, Dan and his wife Jessi Payne, Trista and her husband Jeff Soucy, Kalie Midcap, Rebecca Midcap, William Midcap. Peggy often was bragging about the number of her great-grandkids: Caleb, Colton, Chloe, Ryleigh, Kambrie, Nicolette, Lily, Jordan, David, Micaylee, Alisa, James, Landon, Elly, Gunnar, and Bearett.

Peggy was predeceased by her husband, Al; parents Ralph and Florence Brown; brother Jake Brown; and granddaughter Holly Midcap.

Services were held Saturday, Feb. 9.