Idaho State Journal, 07/27/10
MONTPELIER — Lawanda Marie Koford Payne, 79, joined our Heavenly Father on July 25, 2010. She passed away of natural causes. Wanda was born November 20, 1921, to Alan and Laura Koford in Montpelier, Idaho. She attended school in Montpelier and graduated from Montpelier High School. After high school she attended McKessick Cosmetology School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Upon completion of cosmetology school she opened and operated a shop in Montpelier for 45 years.
She married Ezra Samuel Payne on December 4, 1944, in Pocatello, Idaho. They were later sealed in the Logan Temple on June 24, 1966.
Wanda and Ezra have one child Steven B. (Linda) Payne, three grandsons, Troy (Heidi) Payne, Randy (Kathie) Payne, Shaun (Stacey) Payne, and nine great-grandchildren, Tayton, Hunter, Tylor, Ryan, Cordell, Katelyn, Brianna, Shyanne, and Christian.
Wanda loved to crochet and made beautiful afghans, doilies, hot pads, and dolls for her family and friends. She made well over 500 afghans and over 100 dolls.
Wanda also loved gardening. Flowers were her passion. She always had such beautiful gardens and potted flowers in her home. She had shelves and shelves of violets in her home that were her pride and joy.
Wanda was an exceptional housekeeper and an amazing cook. Whenever her son and his family would visit she would make wonderful, delicious meals for them as well as providing many goodies for desserts and snacks. Many of her recipes were handed down and are made in her grandsons’ homes and have become part of their traditions as well. She made everyone feel welcome in her home and always had a smile to greet family and friends with.
Wanda was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She taught Primary for many years.
Wanda is survived by her husband, son and daughter-inlaw, three grandsons and their wives, and nine great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a niece, Julie Price, and a nephew, Mike Buck. She was preceded in death by her mom, dad, brother, and two sisters.
A funeral will be held on Thursday, July 29, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Montpelier Second Ward building.