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My Aunt Bobbie was a guiding force in my life. I looked up to all my mother’s sisters, but Bobbie and Jean and my mother were a tight trio, and I silently watched, and learned, and later emulated their characteristics. I am so grateful for having all of them for my life role models. Until we meet again , Aunt Bobbie ..,
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Bobbie B. Payne passed away on October 21, 2023. She was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Rufus Noel
and Icy Mae (McClanahan) Brooks on September 15, 1937. Her husband of 59 years, Frank, preceded
her in death on June 30, 2023.
Bobbie worked at Indiana Bell as a telephone operator until she resigned to raise her family. She was a
volunteer tutor at Marion Community Schools for many years. Mom loved spending time with her
family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed trips to Las Vegas and
Tuesdays at the casino with her dear friend, Carole Brooks.
She will be missed by her children Patricia Payne of Marion, and Robert Payne of Indianapolis; her
grandchildren Aubrey Kay (Dustin McGuinn) of Marion and Zachary Payne of Indianapolis; her great-
grandchildren Decker Alan, Dax Arthur, and Drew Abigail, and several cherished nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers Rufus Noel Jr.,
Charles, and William; and sisters Anna Mae, Velma, Martha, Mary Ruth, and Jean.
A memorial service will be held Monday October 30, at 11:00 at the Serinity Chapel at Gardens of
Memory with Pastor Steve Johnson officiating. The family will receive visitors beginning one hour prior
to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sunnycrest Baptist Church, 2172 W. Chapel
Pike, Marion, Indiana, 46952.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring staff at Heritage Pointe at Warren and
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