Cathy Lee Payne of Waldron, Arkansas went to be with her Lord and Savior, Sunday, February 24 2019 in Waldron, Arkansas surrounded by her loving family. Cathy was born April 6, 1958 in Mena, Arkansas to Theo "Pete" Leeper and Catherine (Rogers) Leeper. She was 60 years, 10 months and 18 days old.
Cathy met and married the love of her life, Randy Payne when she was just a young woman. Together they have conquered this thing called life. They have been each others best friend, soul mate, companion and partner in everything. They have raised three children of their own and helped in raising many of the nieces, nephews and numerous others that have been blessed with entering their home. To some she was Cathy but to most she was "Nan or Nana". Nan was a wonderful and kind person. She had a welcoming spirit to everyone she met. She opened her heart and her home to everyone. To know Cathy was to love her. Cathy worked for 16 years for the Waldron Public Schools in various areas but the last several years in the cafeteria. She was loved and cherished by her co-workers and she made everlasting friendships. She might have had 3 of her own children but she loved all of Waldron's children. Any child that needed a hug would go hunt for Ms. Cathy. She was full of wisdom and always had an uplifting piece of advise. When Cathy wasn't working she enjoyed hunting and fishing but especially following her kids and grandkids to their sporting events, Spending time with family was Nan's most treasured memories and where she always wanted to be. Her legacy of love and laughter will remain with everyone who knew her.
Cathy leaves behind to cherish her memory, her loving husband of 42 years, Randy Payne of the home, two daughters, Dawn Payne and Andrea Wagner of Waldron, Arkansas, one son, Glendall Payne and wife Tasha also of Waldron, Arkansas. Nan will forever remain in the hearts of her grandchildren: Gentree Ridenhour (Jaren), Tristan Manning, Dayten "DayDay" Manning, Christina Manning, Gavlen "Gada" Wagner, Drake Wagner, Driften Wagner, Kaylen Payne, Ashlyn Payne, Aiden Wagner and one great grandson, James Ridenhour. Cathy is also survived by her siblings: Linda Robertson, Roger Leeper (Betty), Larrain Smith, and Jody McDaniel (Loyd). Nan will be missed by all that knew her and the many whose lives she impacted including a host of nieces and nephews and extended family, friends, and loved ones dear to her heart.
Cathy is preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Catherine Leeper, and one brother, Glen Leeper.
Cathy's life celebration will be Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas with Rev. Pat Ray Biggs and Rev. George Crump officiating. Interment will follow in Center Point Cemetery in Waldron, Arkansas. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.
Cathy's pallbearers will be Jaren Ridenhour, Daniel Taff, Gabriel Manning, Jason Broomfield, Mark Harris, Josh Sanford and Greg Taylor. Honorary pallbearers will be Tristan Manning, DayDay Manning, Gada Wagner, Drake Wagner, Driften Wagner and Aiden Wagner.
Cathy's visitation will be Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas where Cathy's family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.