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Patricia Gabriela "Patty Gay" Payne

Patricia Gabriela "Patty Gay" Payne

Female 1928 - 1936  (8 years)

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  • Name Patricia Gabriela "Patty Gay" Payne  [1
    Nickname Patty Gay 
    Born 8 Feb 1928  Ada, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 2 Mar 1936  Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 4 Mar 1936  Duncan Memorial Cemetery, Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Patty Gay died when she was about eight years old. The day before she died, after six weeks of illness,  she said to her sister Fay "I am so tired of being tired."

      Charles Strong reports that she had a leaky valve in her heart. It would be something fairly easy to fix by today's standards. It might have been something that could have been fixed even in the 1930's, had the family had the resources available to them.

      They were quite poor however. Charles reported that money was so tight that one winter Bessie got behind on her utility payments, and the company threatened to cut off their power. Patty's doctor intervened, telling the company that they would be responsible for her death if the power was cut off.
    Person ID I1553  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Thomas Hamilton Payne, II,   b. 20 Mar 1893, Marlow, Indian Territory Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1957, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Bessie Bird Gentry,   b. 14 Dec 1894, Alma, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1958, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 27 Dec 1912  Stephens County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Vol. 3, Stephens County Marriage Book: , Lic. # 101
           Thomas H. Payne, 19 to Bessie Gentry, 18 married  12-27-1912

      Because of his outgoing nature, it must have come as a surprise to some when Tom Payne and Bessie Gentry were married a few weeks after her 18th birthday. Bessie was timid and shy by nature, and much happier in town than in the outdoors.  They had five children in fairly short order, and times were tough in Oklahoma during the dust bowl. Charles Strong, Bessie's oldest grandson, also remembers that Bessie had very high standards, which her husband found hard to live up to. She was a thorough and dedicated housekeeper, and was almost obsessive about things being neat and tidy at all times. Charles recalled a story one of Bessie's brothers related to him about dropping by one afternoon for a visit. Bessie had just mopped, and refused to let him in, not wanting her immaculate floors stepped on.
    Family ID F21  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 8 Feb 1928 - Ada, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Mar 1936 - Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Gentry, Bessie Bird ca 1930 with her daughters
    Gentry, Bessie Bird ca 1930 with her daughters
    This picture, of Bessie with her daughters, was probably taken around 1930. From left to right are Bessie Gentry Payne, Anna Laura Payne, Fay Payne, Lois Payne, and Patty Gay Payne.
    Payne, Patricia Gabriela ca 1931
    Payne, Patricia Gabriela ca 1931
    Patty Gay, the youngest child, of Bessie Gentry, stayed home with her mother while her older siblings were in boarding school
    Sparks, Mary Pat with Patty Gay Payne
    Sparks, Mary Pat with Patty Gay Payne
    Mary Pat Sparks, the daughter of Annie O'Neill Sparks, with her young cousin, Patty Gay Payne. Aunt Annie helped Bessie Payne with her daughters after Bessie's husband deserted the family.
    Payne, Patricia Gabriela ca 1934-1936
    Payne, Patricia Gabriela ca 1934-1936
    Patty Gay died in 1936, when she was eight years old. The day before she died, after six weeks of illness, she told her sister Fay "I am so tired of being tired."

    Documents
    Payne, Patty Gay, Note to Santa, 1930's
    Payne, Patty Gay, Note to Santa, 1930's
    This note to Santa appears to have been written for Patty Gay by either her eldest sister, Anna Laura, or by her cousin Mary Pat Sparks

    Headstones
    Payne, Patty Gay
    Payne, Patty Gay

  • Sources 
    1. [S124] Harvey, Kenneth C--Family Member; Gedcom, Printed Descendants Reports of Payne and Gentry Families, Correspondence.