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Ellen Payne

Ellen Payne

Apr 2, 1939 - Oct 13, 2016
Ellen M. Payne, 77, of Riverton died on Thursday, October 13, 2016, at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. A viewing will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at Davis Funeral Home from 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm, the graveside service will follow at Mountain View Cemetery at 3:30 p.m. A reception will follow the graveside at 4:00 p.m. at the Reach Club House.

Ellen Mattie Rush was born on April 2, 1939 in Gillette, WY to Earl and Marie (Moon) Rush. She and her siblings were raised in Hulett. She lived most of her life in Riverton.

She married Lee Roy Thompson and from that union three children were born, Iva, Earland and David. She then married William “Bill” Burl Payne in Las Vegas, NV on April 15, 1981. They were married for 34 years before his passing in October of 2015.

She belonged to the Riverton Eagles organization for over 30 years.

She was a cook at different restaurants including, Valley View, Broker Restaurant, Trailhead and the Eagles.

She enjoyed crocheting, fishing with her son in his boat, and loved to ride horses.

She is survived by her daughter, Iva Kay Korell and her husband Jerry; son, Earland Thompson and his wife, Susan; brother, Elvin Rush and his wife, Eva; grandchildren, Justin, Jessica, and Kathy (Gabe) Rach; step-sons, Don (Debbie) Payne and Bryan (Ruby) Payne; step-daughters, Betty Jacks and Brenda Bartlet; and numerous step-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Marie Rush; son, David Thompson; sister, Sylvia Wegner; and husband, Bill Payne.

Donations may be made to the family in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.

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Services under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.