Frances Taylor 'Tatie' Payne was a business owner, mother

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 | 9:21 p.m. CDT

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

Tatie Payne, the youngest of two daughters, was born May 3, 1923, in Roanoke, Va., to William Denny and Frances Bandy Taylor.

Mrs. Payne’s mother, a Virginia native, had met her father while a student at MU. In 1934 Mrs. Payne, her parents and her older sister, Nancy Taylor, moved from Virginia to Columbia, her father’s birthplace. After graduating from Hickman High School in 1940, Mrs. Payne attended MU, where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma social sorority and Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She graduated from MU in 1944 with two degrees — one from the College of Arts and Science and one from the School of Journalism.

Mrs. Payne served the American Red Cross in Europe during World War II and was stationed in France and Germany.

She married Thomas Johnson Payne, her childhood friend and Columbia native, on Oct. 8, 1948. The couple initially settled down in Chicago, where Mrs. Payne worked in advertising for Marshall Field & Co. They relocated back to Columbia in 1952 and enjoyed 54 years of marriage. Tom Payne, a certified public accountant, was a founding partner of Williams Keepers in Columbia.

Mrs. Payne became a real estate agent 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 successful company. During her career, she 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.

Mrs. Payne was a member of the Cecile Taylor Circle of King’s Daughters, Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association and Calvary Episcopal Church.

She and her husband 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.

Mrs. Payne is survived by a daughter, Ann (Payne) Cleek, and her husband, John, of Columbia; three sons, Taylor Payne, and his wife, Jenny, of Evansville, Ind., Bill Payne of Columbia, and John Payne, and his partner, Ed Wynne, of San Jose, Costa Rica; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. July 24 at Calvary Episcopal Church, 123 S. Ninth St., with a reception following at the church.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Cecile Taylor Sheldon Fund, c/o Kathy Digges, 7 Bingham Road, Columbia, MO 65203; the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association, 530 E. Town St., P.O. Box 38 Columbus, OH 43216; or the Calvary Episcopal Church, 123 S. Ninth St., Columbia, MO 65201.

Condolences can be posted at Parker Funeral Service and Crematory.

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