Ida Cora Payne

Ida Cora Payne

Our loving mother and grandmother passed away peacefully in her home, on Whidbey Island, surrounded by her five children, some grandchildren and a few of her great grandchildren in a circle of love on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 5:15AM.

Born October 7, 1924 in Saco, Maine she started her life the same way she ended it; beautifully.

She had three beautiful daughters, Rae (Payne), Lynda (Winsor) and Ann (Coleman) with her first husband Paul Wormwood.

In 1956 she courageously took her three daughters by bus across the country from Maine to California, where she met and married her second husband, William Harry Payne. They joined their families with her three daughters and his son, Richard Payne and moved to Washington State where they opened their first fruit stand in Smokey Point. It is at this time that they decided to make their joined family even larger by having two more children; William (Payne) and Kathleen (Gilkerson).

They lived in Seattle for the majority of their married life and remained happily married for 34 years until Harry’s death in 1992. After the death of her husband, she went to live with her youngest daughter, Kathleen and her son-in-law Andrew Gilkerson at their home on Whidbey Island, WA to help raise their daughter, Amber Gilkerson.

She spent the remainder of her life on Whidbey Island, going on many fun adventures and trips around the country to see her family. Each morning she would play “crazy 8’s” with her son-in-law, Andrew Gilkerson, as she drank a cup of coffee and ate her breakfast. They often referred to this time together as “Cards and Coffee Time.”

She was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother and fondly referred to by many as “The Great One.” As a family, we often said that she never met a stranger; with her infectious smile and warm embraces, she never let anyone feel as though they weren’t a member of her family, even if they weren’t related by blood.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her two oldest brothers, her husband Harry Payne, her son Richard Payne and his wife Nancie Payne, as well as her son-in-law John Winsor.

She is survived by her five children (and their spouses), Rae Payne, Lynda Winsor, Ann Coleman and her husband John Coleman, Bill Payne and his wife Mary Payne, Kathleen Gilkerson and her husband Andrew Gilkerson, as well as her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Her memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 3:00PM at Evergreen Washelli in Seattle, WA with a celebration of her life immediately to follow. Address is: 11111 Aurora Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98133

In lieu of flowers we ask that people please make a donation to a charity of their choice.

We love you mom… A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck! Yes we do! Yes we do!