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Sandra Laura Christy Stone Payson

Fort Walton Beach, Florida

August 13, 1948 - July 6, 2022

Sandra Laura Christy Stone Payson Obituary

Sandra Laura Christy Stone Payson of Dayton, Ohio, passed away at the Hospice of Blue Ash surrounded by her family and friends on July 6, 2022. She was 73.
Sandie was born in Tacoma, Washington on August 13, 1948, to a military family. Together, they traveled to posts throughout the world, from Washington state to Alaska, back to Washington, to Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi, to Torrejon Air Base in Spain, to Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, and, finally, to Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, which became her home away from home.
Sandie graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in 1966 and went on to pursue a teaching degree at Okaloosa-Walton Junior College in Niceville, Florida. In early 1968, she married 1st Lt. Frank Payson, an active-duty Air Force officer who was stationed at Eglin AFB, and, later that same year, the couple celebrated the birth of their daughter, Susie.
 Once Frank left active duty, the family moved to Morgantown, West Virginia for further education, to Dearborn, Michigan for Frank’s job with Ford Motor Company, and to Columbus, Ohio for Frank’s job with a racquet and health club. There, Sandie became an entrepreneur, starting her own business creating original designs for home bath towel sets, sewing them in her home, and selling them in her community. She also attended night classes at the community college and earned her Ohio real estate license. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to the lake area suburbs of Detroit, Michigan where she and Frank bought two racquets and health clubs. There, Sandie designed and directed needed renovations in order to improve the functionality and appeal of each business. She then managed their employees, payroll, and vendors. Through her attention to detail, she identified problems and developed solutions that led the food and bar portion of the business to turn a profit for the first time. She also started a video game business, purchasing and placing quarter-operated games such as Pac-Man and Tempest in the clubs for patrons to enjoy. Frank began to participate in the Air Force Reserves, with his duty time located at Wright Patt AFB in Fairborn, Ohio, which set the stage for the next move in their lives, which was to Dayton, Ohio for Frank to attend law school at the University of Dayton. Sandie worked in the fur salon at the local Lazarus store there to help support her family, and she later attended the University of Dayton herself, earning a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. Ever the entrepreneur, she started her own design firm while also managing Frank’s law office. She went on to teach Interior Design classes at Sinclair Community College in Dayton and was a well-loved instructor who had a positive influence on many of her students' lives, some of whom maintained contact with her as a mentor and friend for many years after their graduation.
True to her spirit of compassion, kindness, and justice, she and her husband also provided food, water, shelter, and medical care to colonies of stray cats for years, and facilitated the adoption of many of these animals so that they could have a better life in safe loving homes.
More important to her than any of these achievements was her family, and Sandie was a devoted mother, endlessly volunteering for school functions, room mothering more than once, and throwing the most amazing parties where all were welcome! She was an honorary “second mom” to many of Susie’s close friends. She was no less devoted to her three grandchildren, who lit up her life and heart.
As a teen, Sandie was the quintessential Baby Boomer, owning stacks of 45 rpm records by Leslie Gore, Neil Sedaka, and, during her family’s three-year adventure in Spain, the Beatles. In fact, when she returned to the States in late 1963, she could not understand why nobody in America had heard of the Fab Four. That ended after a certain airing of the Ed Sullivan Show.
Sandie hung out with friends at the McDonald’s on Eglin Parkway, spent many an afternoon surfing at Tower Beach, and participated in the Miss Billy Bowlegs beauty pageant.
Sandie was preceded in death by her mother, Laura Joyce Ready Stone of Fort Walton Beach, and her father, Delmar Smith Stone, also of Fort Walton Beach.
She is survived by her husband, Frank M. Payson of Dayton, Ohio; her daughter, Susan Laura Payson of Lebanon, Ohio; her brother, Delmar S. Stone Jr. of Fort Walton Beach; her sister, Patricia Terry Stone Dunn of Crestview, Fla.; her three grandchildren, George, Frank, and Grace; and many other extended family members and friends.


The Prayer Service will be held at the Emerald Coast Funeral Home at 10:30 AM on August 19th, with burial to follow directly afterward.
Sandie was a loving, gentle person, known for her laughter and kindness, who will be missed by her many family members and friends.

 

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Sandra Laura Christy Stone Payson hosted by Emerald Coast Funeral Home.

Sandra Laura Christy Stone Payson of Dayton, Ohio, passed away at the Hospice of Blue Ash surrounded by her family and friends on July 6, 2022. She was 73.
Sandie was born in Tacoma, Washington on August 13, 1948, to a military family. Together, they traveled to posts throughout the world, from Washington state to Alaska, back to Washington, to Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi, to Torrejon Air Base in Spain, to Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, and, finally, to Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, which became her home away from home.
Sandie graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in 1966 and went on to pursue a teaching degree at Okaloosa-Walton Junior College in Niceville, Florida. In early 1968, she married 1st Lt. Frank Payson, an active-duty Air Force officer who was stationed at Eglin AFB, and, later that same year, the couple celebrated the birth of their daughter, Susie.
 Once Frank left active duty, the family moved to Morgantown, West Virginia for further education, to Dearborn, Michigan for Frank’s job with Ford Motor Company, and to Columbus, Ohio for Frank’s job with a racquet and health club. There, Sandie became an entrepreneur, starting her own business creating original designs for home bath towel sets, sewing them in her home, and selling them in her community. She also attended night classes at the community college and earned her Ohio real estate license. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to the lake area suburbs of Detroit, Michigan where she and Frank bought two racquets and health clubs. There, Sandie designed and directed needed renovations in order to improve the functionality and appeal of each business. She then managed their employees, payroll, and vendors. Through her attention to detail, she identified problems and developed solutions that led the food and bar portion of the business to turn a profit for the first time. She also started a video game business, purchasing and placing quarter-operated games such as Pac-Man and Tempest in the clubs for patrons to enjoy. Frank began to participate in the Air Force Reserves, with his duty time located at Wright Patt AFB in Fairborn, Ohio, which set the stage for the next move in their lives, which was to Dayton, Ohio for Frank to attend law school at the University of Dayton. Sandie worked in the fur salon at the local Lazarus store there to help support her family, and she later attended the University of Dayton herself, earning a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. Ever the entrepreneur, she started her own design firm while also managing Frank’s law office. She went on to teach Interior Design classes at Sinclair Community College in Dayton and was a well-loved instructor who had a positive influence on many of her students' lives, some of whom maintained contact with her as a mentor and friend for many years after their graduation.
True to her spirit of compassion, kindness, and justice, she and her husband also provided food, water, shelter, and medical care to colonies of stray cats for years, and facilitated the adoption of many of these animals so that they could have a better life in safe loving homes.
More important to her than any of these achievements was her family, and Sandie was a devoted mother, endlessly volunteering for school functions, room mothering more than once, and throwing the most amazing parties where all were welcome! She was an honorary “second mom” to many of Susie’s close friends. She was no less devoted to her three grandchildren, who lit up her life and heart.
As a teen, Sandie was the quintessential Baby Boomer, owning stacks of 45 rpm records by Leslie Gore, Neil Sedaka, and, during her family’s three-year adventure in Spain, the Beatles. In fact, when she returned to the States in late 1963, she could not understand why nobody in America had heard of the Fab Four. That ended after a certain airing of the Ed Sullivan Show.
Sandie hung out with friends at the McDonald’s on Eglin Parkway, spent many an afternoon surfing at Tower Beach, and participated in the Miss Billy Bowlegs beauty pageant.
Sandie was preceded in death by her mother, Laura Joyce Ready Stone of Fort Walton Beach, and her father, Delmar Smith Stone, also of Fort Walton Beach.
She is survived by her husband, Frank M. Payson of Dayton, Ohio; her daughter, Susan Laura Payson of Lebanon, Ohio; her brother, Delmar S. Stone Jr. of Fort Walton Beach; her sister, Patricia Terry Stone Dunn of Crestview, Fla.; her three grandchildren, George, Frank, and Grace; and many other extended family members and friends.


The Prayer Service will be held at the Emerald Coast Funeral Home at 10:30 AM on August 19th, with burial to follow directly afterward.
Sandie was a loving, gentle person, known for her laughter and kindness, who will be missed by her many family members and friends.

 

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Sandra Laura Christy Stone Payson hosted by Emerald Coast Funeral Home.

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