Leah Payne, age 98, formerly of Northwood Apartments, died November 16, 2013 in The Villages of Orleans, following a long illness. She was born April 22, 1915 in Albion to Arthur and Louise (Cooper) Benns. Leah moved away in 1947 and had returned back to the area where she had lived since 1970. Mrs. Payne was a member of the Knowlesville United Methodist Church, the busy Buddies of Lyndonville, the Medina Senior Citizens, and worked for 30 years as a program director at various Harness Racing Tracks, including Northfield, OH, Finger Lakes Racetrack and Buffalo Raceway.
Mrs. Payne was predeceased by her husband, Donald. She is survived by a cousin, David Foster of Medina and several dear friends, including Marilyn (Michael) Kilborn of Albion.
The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Avenue, Albion, FRIDAY, November 22, 2013, from 11 AM-1 PM, where her funeral service will be held at 1 PM, following calling hours. Private interment will be held in Mount Albion Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Knowlesville United Methodist Church or COVA.
To share a special memory of Leah, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.