Shirley Payton, 95

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WARWICK, R.I. – Shirley K. Payton passed peacefully April 25.

Shirley was born 3/14/1927 in Winthrop, Mass as Shirley Kummins. She grew up in Winthrop with her 2 siblings, Donny and Robbie, and graduated from Winthrop High in 1945. At 23, she met William Payton (Billy) whom she married and moved to the greater Providence area raising a family of four children together. 

Her rich life was filled with loving friends and devoted family. After losing her husband Billy at the age of 43, she devoted herself to raising her children.

As her children grew up and left the house, she spent time volunteering and giving to others, including Cub Scouts, Make A Wish, Temple Beth-El Sisterhood and a lifetime member of Hadassah. Shirley also was fortunate to travel, and her travels took her from Mexico, Canada, Turkey, Jordan and multiple visits to Israel.  No matter where she went, Shirley always had a quick wit and sharp sense of humor to make those around her laugh.

She is survived by her brother, Donald in Florida, her children, Lois Payton in Cranston, Amy Ouzen in Israel, Fran Bratcher in Naples, Florida, Harvey Payton in Clinton, Conn.

She is also survived by four grandchildren Sarah, Maya, Tomer and Vickie and 2 great grandchildren Gavin and Tony.

Donations can be made to the Make A Wish Foundation, Hope Health Hulitar Hospice Center, Temple Beth-El or your favorite charity.