In loving memory of

Eleanor C. Payne
February 6, 1935 - January 16, 2021

Memorials can be made in Eleanor's name to the Kossuth County Food Pantry in Algona or in her words, just be kind to a stranger.

There will be no services at this time. There will be a Celebration of Eleanor's Life at a later date.

Eleanor Charlotte Payne was born February 6, 1935, in New York City, New York, the daughter of Lester and Mary Anne (McSweeney) Buckley. She grew up in New York and attended Walton High School, an all girls school in the Bronx, graduating in 1953. After her schooling she joined the WAVES, Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, the US Navy's corps of female members and served as a medical administrative assistant at Alameda Naval Air Station in California.

On September 18, 1953, Eleanor was united in marriage to Jerry Payne in Alameda, California. After their discharges from military service they returned to Nebraska in 1954. Jerry's first teaching job took them to Hamburg, Iowa, and in 1963, they moved to Algona. Eleanor worked as a teacher's aide in the Algona Middle School for 29 years, retiring in 2000.

Eleanor enjoyed writing poetry, reading, scrapbooking, helping at the library and visiting with her neighbors. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.

Eleanor died Saturday, January 16, 2021, at the Good Samaritan Society - Algona. She was 85.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Payne of Algona; children, Dennis and Colleen Payne of Omaha, Nebraska; Kathy Berg of Algona; Mark and Vivian Payne of Las Vegas, Nevada; Jeff and Melanie Payne of Algona and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Walter Buckley, Bill Buckley and a sister, Peggy Luber.


Kelly (Evers) Crutchlow wrote on Feb 2, 2021:

"Mrs. Payne was so lovely. I remember her well from the middle school library. Sending love and good wishes to Mr. Payne and family. x"

Vaughn and Ginny Hiaring wrote on Jan 24, 2021:

"Jerry, sorry for your loss. You may remember me as Ginny Sifert way back in the early 60\'s classroom. May your wife\'s passing find you at peace. "

Randy Sewick wrote on Jan 22, 2021:

"Deepest Sympathy Again to you Jerry, Dennis,Kathy,Mark,Jeff and Family with the loss of Ellie!! Ellie was such a Beautiful Kind Soul. Tons of Grrat Memories with Her!! RIP ELLIE!! THINKING OF YOU! THE SEWICKS,RANDY,LORI and FAMILY"

Ann Renee Lighter wrote on Jan 20, 2021:

"Ellie was a close friend of our family. She and Jerry joined us for many years on Christmas Eve to share a meal and good conversation. Ellie and Jerry were especially wonderful to my Mom when she lived in Algona, and visited her at least once a week in Mom?s home there. I have so many memories of her kindness, and thoughtfulness. My deepest sympathy to Jerry and the Payne family."

CLAUDIA wrote on Jan 19, 2021:

"Ellie was one of the kindest people I\'ve known. She always was cheerful and her smile would brighten anyone\'s day."

Andrea kunik wrote on Jan 18, 2021:

"I\'ll never forget the kindness she showed my children and me, she was such a joy, and a delightful person who definitely earned her wings and a very special place in heaven. GOD BLESS YOU and thank you for all you did for us as well as others. Much love, andrea kunik, brittany walker and family, michael walker and jasper"

Chris VanDeventer wrote on Jan 18, 2021:

"Ellie Payne was always so kind and considerate of others. All the years that I worked with her at O.B.Laing Middle School she treated students and staff alike with politeness and respect. Her poetry was shared often at staff retirements or other special occasions. She will be missed."