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Wilma J. Payne 1952 - 2022
Ronald E. “Ron” Schepmann

BERRYTON — Wilma J. Payne, 69, of Berryton, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022.  She was born Aug. 22, 1952 in Hays, Kan., the daughter of Albert and Caroline (Kober) Zimmer.

Wilma graduated from Marian High School in Hays, Kan. in 1970 and earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Fort Hays Kansas State College in 1974. Wilma was employed as a Computer Programmer for the Kansas Department of Revenue for 15 years before retiring in 2018. She was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church.  

Wilma married John A. Payne on May 23, 1981 in Hays. He survives. Other survivors include children, Brian (Michelle) Payne of Terre Haute, Ind., Amy (Cody) Bird of Wellington, Colo., five grandchildren, Aaron, Charlie, Benjamin, Julia and Zoe; and her sister, Marian Spittles of Hays. Wilma was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Eugene, Marvin and Gerald. 

Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 28, 2022 at St. Matthew Catholic Church where the family will receive friends one hour prior to service time. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Midland Care, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, Kansas 66616 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 3625 SW 29th St., Suite 102, Topeka, Kansas 66614. Dove Southeast Chapel, 2843 SE Minnesota Ave. is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave the family a special message online, please visit

Funeral arrangements provided by

Dove Southeast Chapel 

2843 SE Minnesota Avenue

Topeka, KS  66605

Great Bend (Kan.) Jan. 26, 2022