AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Wilma Pearl Goddard Payne, 90, passed away peacefully with her children by her side on Sunday, April 7.
Born July 7, 1928 in Cornersburg, Ohio, she was the daughter of Joseph F. Goddard and Pearl Burton Goddard.
She graduated from Austintown Fitch High School in 1946 and was a member of the girls basketball team.
When the Mahoning County Joint Vocational School opened in 1972, she was the Treasurer until retirement in 1993.
Wilma was an active member of the Western Reserve United Methodist Church, Eastern Star (Miriam Chapter), Mau-Mil, Red Hats and the Austintown Garden Club.
Her love for traveling not only included the 50 states but Europe, Japan, China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico and the Caribbean. Family vacations to Destin, Florida; the Outer Banks of North Carolina; Washington D.C. and Disney World are special memories to the immediate family. We will miss her Sunday dinners, homemade pies and beautiful flower beds in her backyard. Wild Wilma enjoyed adventures such as ziplining with her grandchildren for her 80th birthday.
Married November 26, 1955 to Joseph F. Payne, Wilma was a caring and proud mother of their five children, Lynda Mayer of Austintown, Laurie (Barry) Manning of Spring, Texas, Frederick Payne of Canfield, Thomas Payne of Austintown and Amy (Dean) Dayton of Marysville, Ohio. She will be missed by her grandchildren, Paul Mayer, Jessica (Garrett) McIntyre, Eric (Amanda), Julie and Austin Manning, Derick Payne, Jakob and Emily Bucklin and her great-grandchildren, James Manning and Penelope McIntyre.
Besides her husband and parents, Wilma was preceded in death by her siblings, Ora Straley, Floyd, Opal Wormley, Okey, Lloyd, Erma Randall Struble and Dale.
Calling hours will be held Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon at Western Reserve United Methodist Church.
The memorial service will follow at 12:00 Noon with a luncheon afterwards on Saturday, April 13 at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley.
A television tribute will air Friday, April 12 at the following approximate times: 6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.