Betty Jane Payson

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Betty Jane Payson, 88, of Payson, whose great-uncle-in-law was the postmaster general who gave Payson its post office and name, died Sept. 11, 2006, at Rim Country Health Care where she had been a resident for more than four years.

Mrs. Payson was born April 12, 1918 in Bellefontaine, Ohio and moved to Phoenix, where she met and married her husband, Austin Payson.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Payson worked for the Veterans Administration in Phoenix at the Veterans Hospital until they retired. The couple moved to Payson in 1984 and were very active in the Church of the Holy Nativity congregation.

Mrs. Payson is survived by sisters-in-law, Joyce Wolfe and Barbara Sutherland of Victoria, B.C.; and a second cousin, Sarah J. Pollard.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

High Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Church of the Holy Nativity.

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