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Rosolyn Jane Payne Obituary

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Rosolyn Jane Payne

Opelika, Alabama

September 6, 1940 - May 8, 2024

Rosolyn Jane Payne Obituary

Rosolyn Jane Payne was born in Little Rock, AR, September 6, 1940 and passed away on May 8, 2024.

She was preceded in death by her parents Robert V. Willams and Rachel Crowder Williams.

Rosolyn grew up in San Antonio, TX, and graduated from Alamo Heights High School in 1958. She went on to receive a BA degree in Education from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1961.

She married her beloved husband Victor in 1962, and they remained married for 62 years. Throughout their marriage, they traveled to many countries in Europe and South America. They moved to Auburn in 1968 when he was assigned to teach Air Force ROTC at Auburn University.

For more than 25 years, Rosolyn taught fourth grade - first at Scott Academy and then at Lee-Scott Academy, during which time she taught more than 500 local children. She took her students on many exciting field trips to such places as Horseshoe Bend, Westville, GA, Pioneer Park, Selma and various other educational sites. And who could forget Mrs. Payne’s annual “Christmas Around the World?” Guest speakers representing other nations would share with the class how Christmas was celebrated in their country, while students brought foods typical of that land.

Over the years, Rosolyn received numerous letters from students who had graduated from Lee-Scott who wrote to say how much they loved her and how impactful she had been to them.

In addition to her school teaching, Rosolyn also taught a senior ladies Sunday School class for more than 40 years. Those sweet ladies thought Rosolyn was the absolute best Bible teacher!

Rosolyn first started having signs of dementia about 12 years ago, which gradually progressed to full-fledged Alzheimer’s disease. In the last few months, she contracted COVID and pneumonia as well as a blood infection. The family is very grateful for the excellent care provided by both EAMC and Bethany House.

Rosolyn is survived by her husband, Victor W. E. Payne, Jr., and by her two wonderful daughters, Robin Broome (Maxwell) and Heather Judkins (James). She has six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

While a private family funeral will be held for her, a memorial service for all those who knew and loved her and her family will be held at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home in Opelika, Alabama on Saturday, May 25th, 2024. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 10:00 with the service immediately following.

A website is available at Jfuneral@jeffcoattrant.com

Instead of flowers the family asks that you consider donating in Rosolyn’s name to one of the following organizations:

Jesus Film Project https://www.jesusfilm.org/give/

Lakeview Baptist Church/Benevolence https://www.lakeviewbaptist.org/give/

Alzheimer’s Research https://alzfdn.org/donate/

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Rosolyn Jane Payne hosted by Jeffcoat Trant Funeral Home.

Rosolyn Jane Payne was born in Little Rock, AR, September 6, 1940 and passed away on May 8, 2024.

She was preceded in death by her parents Robert V. Willams and Rachel Crowder Williams.

Rosolyn grew up in San Antonio, TX, and graduated from Alamo Heights High School in 1958. She went on to receive a BA degree in Education from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1961.

She married her beloved husband Victor in 1962, and they remained married for 62 years. Throughout their marriage, they traveled to many countries in Europe and South America. They moved to Auburn in 1968 when he was assigned to teach Air Force ROTC at Auburn University.

For more than 25 years, Rosolyn taught fourth grade - first at Scott Academy and then at Lee-Scott Academy, during which time she taught more than 500 local children. She took her students on many exciting field trips to such places as Horseshoe Bend, Westville, GA, Pioneer Park, Selma and various other educational sites. And who could forget Mrs. Payne’s annual “Christmas Around the World?” Guest speakers representing other nations would share with the class how Christmas was celebrated in their country, while students brought foods typical of that land.

Over the years, Rosolyn received numerous letters from students who had graduated from Lee-Scott who wrote to say how much they loved her and how impactful she had been to them.

In addition to her school teaching, Rosolyn also taught a senior ladies Sunday School class for more than 40 years. Those sweet ladies thought Rosolyn was the absolute best Bible teacher!

Rosolyn first started having signs of dementia about 12 years ago, which gradually progressed to full-fledged Alzheimer’s disease. In the last few months, she contracted COVID and pneumonia as well as a blood infection. The family is very grateful for the excellent care provided by both EAMC and Bethany House.

Rosolyn is survived by her husband, Victor W. E. Payne, Jr., and by her two wonderful daughters, Robin Broome (Maxwell) and Heather Judkins (James). She has six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

While a private family funeral will be held for her, a memorial service for all those who knew and loved her and her family will be held at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home in Opelika, Alabama on Saturday, May 25th, 2024. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 10:00 with the service immediately following.

A website is available at Jfuneral@jeffcoattrant.com

Instead of flowers the family asks that you consider donating in Rosolyn’s name to one of the following organizations:

Jesus Film Project https://www.jesusfilm.org/give/

Lakeview Baptist Church/Benevolence https://www.lakeviewbaptist.org/give/

Alzheimer’s Research https://alzfdn.org/donate/

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Rosolyn Jane Payne hosted by Jeffcoat Trant Funeral Home.

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