Frances Taylor 'Tatie' Payne, May 3, 1923 — July 1, 2014, of Columbia

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 | 12:58 p.m. CDT; updated 6:57 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 2, 2014

COLUMBIA — Frances Taylor Payne, always called Tatie, died July 1, 2014.

Memorial services will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church, 123 S. 9th Street at 1:00pm on Thursday, July 24, 2014, with a reception following at the church.

Tatie Payne, the youngest of two daughters, was born May 3, 1923 to William Denny and Frances Bandy Taylor in Roanoke, Virginia. Tatie’s mother, a Virginia native, had met her father while a student at the University of Missouri. In 1934 Tatie, her parents and older sister Nancy moved from Virginia to Columbia, Missouri, her father’s birthplace. After graduation from Hickman High School in 1940 Tatie attended the University of Missouri where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma social sorority and Phi Beta Kappa scholastic honorary society. She graduated from the University of Missouri in 1944 with two degrees - one from the College of Arts and Science and one from the School of Journalism.

Tatie served in the American Red Cross in Europe in World War II and was stationed in France and Germany. Tatie married Thomas Johnson Payne, her childhood friend and Columbia native on October 8, 1948. The couple initially settled down in Chicago where Tatie worked in advertising for Marshall Field's. Tatie and Tom relocated back to Columbia in 1952 and enjoyed 54 years of a great marriage. Tom, a CPA, was a founding partner of Williams Keepers in Columbia. They had four children – Ann Payne Cleek (John Cleek), Columbia; Taylor Payne (Jenny Payne), Evansville, Indiana; Bill Payne, Columbia; John Payne (Ed Wynne), San Jose, Costa Rica.

Tatie Payne became a Realtor in 1965 and opened her own company, Tatie Payne, Inc. in 1970. She was only the second woman in Columbia, at that time, to open and own her own real estate company. She became an early affiliate of Coldwell Banker and ran a very successful company with many wonderful agents. During her career, Tatie served as President of the Women’s Council of Realtors and also as President of the Columbia Board of Realtors. In 1981, she was chosen to serve on the Board of Directors of Centerre Bank, a distinction open to few Columbia women in that era. She retired from Centerre’s Board of Directors in 1991.

Tatie was a member of the Cecile Taylor circle of King’s Daughters, Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association and Calvary Episcopal Church. Tatie and Tom enjoyed their retirement at their place at the Lake of the Ozarks and wintered in southern Florida. They loved to travel, take cruises, or just sit by the fire and visit.

In addition to her children and their spouses, Tatie is survived by five grandchildren and five (soon to be seven) great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Cecile Taylor Sheldon Fund, c/o Kathy Digges, 7 Bingham Road, Columbia, MO, 65203, the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association or Calvary Episcopal Church, 123 S. 9th Street, Columbia, MO, 65201.

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