Mary Beth Payne

payne-mary-beth-rgbMary Beth Payne, 75, of Richmond, died at 3:52 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, at Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Richmond, surrounded by her daughters and Crossroads Hospice Staff.

Mary Beth was born Nov. 12, 1940, in Floyd, to Willis and Lill (Duncan) McAfee. She married George Payne, of Rayville, Aug. 19, 1968. He preceded her in death March 3, 2009.

Survivors include: her daughters, Diana Adams, of Richmond, and Janet Hessenflow, of Gladstone; one sister, Shirley Brown, of Orrick; brother, Rick McAfee and his wife, Peggy, of Lee’s Summit; four grandchildren, Courtney and Danny Sisson, of Richmond, Natalie and Ryan Eastley, of Richmond, Christopher and Rachael Hessenflow, of Tucson, Ariz., and Ryan Hessenflow of Blue Springs; six great-grandchildren, Rylee Adams, Luke, Layla and Blake Sisson, Emerson Eastley and Gannon Hessenflow.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mary Beth was preceded in death by one brother, Willis Keith McAfee; and son-in-law, Jeffery “Puff” Adams.

Mary Beth was a personal caregiver. She worked several years at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick and Richmond. She also owned George and Mary’s Café and Happy Hollow. Her family was the most important part of her life as was playing cards with her friends at Shirkey’s.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Richmond High School Girls Golf Team or to Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation.

Visitation is 1 to 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19, at Thurman Funeral Home, Richmond. Funeral services follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial is in South Point Cemetery, Orrick. Online condolences may be left at

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