Merle Paine, 98

Merle Paine, 98, of Callaway, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at Custer Care in Broken Bow, Nebraska. Merle was born Nov. 6, 1914, in Callaway, to Fred G. and Lillian (Morgan) Payton.Merle graduated from Callaway High School in 1932, and attended Kearney State College where she obtained her teaching degree. She taught in several of the country schools, the Oconto School and worked as a bookkeeper for the Oconto Bank where she met and married Glenn “Jim” Paine June 19, 1940. They farmed with Jim’s brother, Sam, at Oconto. They raised turkeys in Kearney, and had a mink ranch in Evergreen, Colo. They lived in Sedona, Ariz., for five years and Morrison, Colo., for 14 years. After Jim passed away Merle returned to her home town of Callaway in 1991. During the winter months she would travel to Oregon to spend the holidays with her brother, Earl, and nieces Kathy, Kelly and Patty.She was an active member in the senior programs playing the piano, organ and singing in the choir and visitation. She spent many hours playing the piano, singing and presenting Bible lessons to residents of the Good Samaritan Home and visiting the shut in’s. She was awarded the Aksarben Good Neighbor Award in 1995.Merle is survived by her sisters-in-law, Lila Payton of Encampment, Wyo., and Ethel Payton of Anchorage, Alaska, and many nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jim Paine; sisters, Elsie Payton and Emma Jean Fitch; brothers, Ira, Kenneth, Bob, Earl, Fred and Gale Payton.Funeral Services will be Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Callaway with the Rev. Roger Gillming and Pastor Dean Haidle officiating.Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Callaway with Timm-Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Callaway in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Family for later designation.Published in Custer County Chief, March 7, 2013