Florence Elizabeth (Bessie) Payne was born December 2, 1919 on a farm south of Lauderdale School to Edwin and Florence Fuller. She was the youngest of four children, having three brothers. Bessie took grades one through twelve at Lauderdale School which had a high school at the time. She also studied art at Calgary Technical School. August 20, 1940 Nelson Payne and Bessie were married and raised a family of five while farming in the Veldt district west of Castor, remaining there for over 60 years. They moved to the Paintearth Lodge in 2003, Nelson passed away December 9 of that year. In March of 2007 Bessie moved to the Extendicare in Viking. She had a great talent for music, writing, painting and an intense interest in flowers. Bessie was columnist for various papers including the Castor Advance where she was also a news reporter. She belonged to various groups in the community also serving All Saints Anglican Church as organist for a great number of years. Shortly after the Paintearth Lodge opened Bessie worked there in the kitchen. Bessie passed away December 5, 2011, one day before her brother Alfred Fuller passed away in England. Left to mourn her passing is her family: Frances Turnbull, Ken (Evelyn), Charles (Judy), Florence Payne and Emilie (Paul) Rae, fourteen grandchildren, twenty-six great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren. She also leaves her sister in law Mary Fuller, cousins Marion Smith and Bill (Mary) Hatherley and cousin in-law Ella Hatherley, eight nephews and five nieces. Bessie was predeceased by her husband Nelson in 2003, grandchildren George Turnbull and Dyan Payne, brother John Fuller and wife Susie, brother Edwin Fuller, brother in law Lewis Payne and wife Margaret, sister in law Emilie Wiffen and husband Fred, sons in law Bill Olson and Walter Turnbull and grand nephew Nolan Fuller. Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at All Saints Anglican Church, Castor, Alberta with Rev. Jack Schulze officiating. Mr. Bruce Turnbull gave a loving tribute of his grandmother to all those in attendance. Louella Kowalsky read a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson “The Crossing.” Rosa Weber and Carolyn Schulze led the congregational hymns that had all been chosen by Bessie; as well Rosa sang a beautiful selection of Amazing Grace. Veronica Weber played the piano for all of the musical selections. Jim Payne tolled the bells as the casket was carried from the church by Paul Turnbull, Andy Turnbull, David Payne, Morgan Payne, Severn Olson and Michael Grimshaw. Interment was at Castor Municipal Cemetery. Family and friends gathered at the Golden Circle for a time of fellowship and a luncheon by the Golden Age Club. Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital Foundation or a charity of your own choosing. Condolences may be sent to the family at
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