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Hazel Payne, 87

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Hazel Marie Payne, 87, Alexandria, died peacefully February 10, 2009, surrounded by her family.

Hazel was born October 26, 1921 to Paul and Martha (Muchow) Neuhaus in Swift County where she grew up on a farm and attended school in a one-room country school through the 8th grade.

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She married Orville Payne at St. John's Lutheran Church near Benson in 1939. They lived on a farm in Swift County until 1946, then farmed in Chippewa County until 1951 when they moved to Cyrus where they lived for 19 years. Besides working on the farm, Hazel worked at Fingerhut in Benson and at the University of Minnesota Morris in the cafeteria. Hazel also worked at the Villas of Morris and at the Cyrus public school cafeteria.

Orville and Hazel moved to Starbuck in 1970 where they enjoyed their homes in town and on Lake Minnewaska. They spent many winters in Alamo, Texas where they enjoyed the warm weather, golfing, going across the border to Mexico and socializing with many friends. Hazel also enjoyed still life and oil painting while living in Texas.

In 1995 Hazel moved to Alexandria where she became an active member of Calvary Lutheran Church. She enjoyed her life at Cedar Hills Condominiums and all of her wonderful friends there. She loved taking care of the flowers, embroidering dish towels, baking, and always looked forward to her morning coffee with her dear friends. She will be remembered in Alexandria for her spunky personality and fashionable attire.

Hazel was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Orville, in 1988; three brothers, Floyd, Norman and Robert; one sister, Ellen Frey; and one son, Roger.

She is survived by one brother, Richard Neuhaus of Santa Monica, CA; three sons and two daughters, Ken (Janice) of Rogers, children, Jody Payne and Jackie (Lane) Noetzelman; Roger's children, Elise (Brian) LaPlace and Audra (Steve) Boney; Diane (Duane) Lokken of Alexandria, children, Todd Lokken, Stephanie (Kevin) Barthell and Deb (Mike) Kittridge; Gary (Kathie) Payne of Cyrus, children, Maurya (Tony) Eystad, Tory (Jackie) Payne, Dena (Scott) Carbert and Brian Payne; Julie Tyler of Golden Valley, children, Amy (Dan) Keniston and Elizabeth Tyler; Terry (Dot) Payne of Mesa, AZ, children, Jennifer and Melissa Payne; 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A funeral service was held at Calvary Lutheran Church on Monday, February 16 with the Rev. Mark Astrup officiating. Becky Worley provided the music. Interment was at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Cyrus with the Rev. John Smith officiating.

Pallbearers were Marvin Hagen, Todd Lokken, Tory Payne, Lane Noetzelman, Brian Payne and Dan Keniston. Honorary pallbearers included all of Hazel's dear friends.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.

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