Myrtle Payne Washburn, 96, spiritually in tune, her smile lit up a room

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Myrtle Payne Washburn
Myrtle Payne Washburn

Myrtle Payne Washburn, 96, of Wilmington, went to be with our heavenly Father on Monday, March 7, 2016.

Myrtle was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie C. Washburn; parents, Billie and Lillie Ore Payne; brothers, W.T. ‘Buster’ Payne and John W. Payne; and sisters, Annie L. Shelton, Mabel P. Shelton and Gwendolyn Payne.

She is survived by sister, Janie P. Gentry; daughters, Charlene W. McFayden, and husband, Dennis, of Wilmington and Shelby F. Taylor of Arizona; grandchildren, Deanna M. Steffensen, and husband, Lee, Susan Rosas-Moreno, and husband, Jesus, George Taylor Jr., Jeff Taylor, and wife, Debi, and Sonya Garvey, and husband, Marvin; along with her extended family of great-grandchildren.

A visitation for family and friends will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 11, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on College Road, Wilmington. Services will follow the visitation at 1 p.m. at the church. Interment will follow in Oleander Memorial Gardens.

Myrtle was born January 7, 1920, in Rockingham County, moving to Wilmington in the early 1950s. She retired from Belk after 23 years of service. Myrtle is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and has always cherished her faith and her family.

She was a very spiritual person and would always tell you to pray if you ever had a problem or something troubling you. She always tried to find and see the good in everyone, as she tried to be a positive person and live by the teachings of the gospel.

Myrtle would always put the needs of others ahead of herself, as it was very important to her to help others in need. She touched the lives of so many, as she was a very loving and compassionate person. She had a smile and glimmer in her eye that would always light up a room. Myrtle loved to complete genealogy work and was an avid reader. She also loved flowers, gardening, cooking and volunteering at the elementary school. She was the center of her family and will be dearly missed. There could never be another sister, wife, mother, or grandmother that cared for her family as much as we felt that she cared for ours.

Flowers are welcomed, or memorial gifts may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, as this was a charity that was always dear to her.

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