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Dora Fay Payne

Dora Fay Payne

Female 1915 - 2002  (87 years)

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  • Name Dora Fay Payne  [1, 2
    Born 30 Jan 1915  Alma, Stephens County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Died 7 Mar 2002  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Duncan Memorial Cemetery, Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • The Duncan Banner Mar 12, 2002

      Dora Fay Pierce Yeager

      Dora Fay Pierce Yeager, 87, of Oklahoma City died Thursday, March 7, 2002, in Oklahoma City.

      Service was held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Assumption Catholic Church in Duncan, with the Rev. Donald Wolf officiating. Burial was in the Duncan Cemetery under the direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home. Mrs. Yeager was born on Jan. 30, 1915 , in Duncan to Thomas H. and Bessie Gentry Payne.

      She married Edward R. Pierce, who preceded her in death in 1951. She then married George Yeager in 1965. He preceded her in death in 1977.

      She was a homemaker and also worked as a bookkeeper.

      She was a member of Assumption Catholic Church. She is survived by one daughter, Lynn Moroney of Oklahoma City; two sisters, Anna Laura Strong of Duncan and Lois Payne Hanna of Oklahoma City. She was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas H. Payne III; a sister, Patty Gay Payne; and her parents. Grandchildren include Siobhan Moroney of Highland Park, Ill.; and Tracy Moroney of Studio City, Calif. Great-grandchildren are Michael Moroney and Anne Green of Highland Park, Ill.

      She was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas H. Payne III; and a sister, Patty Gay Payne.

      (Transcription courtesy of Lynell Cordell).

      Avid genealogist, and gathered much of the information contained in these files.
    Person ID I5927  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

    Family 1 Edward Roscoe Pierce,   b. 15 May 1909, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1951, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Married 27 Mar 1935  Jefferson County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Jefferson Co. OK Marriages
      Book 12, Pg. 483
      Pierce, Roscoe, 25, Duncan, Stephens Co. OK
      Payne, Faye, 20, Duncan, Stephens Co. OK
      March 27, 1935
      (Courtesy of Lynell Cordell)
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2009 
    Family ID F1095  Group Sheet  |  Family chart

    Family 2 George Yeager,   b. Bef 1915,   d. 1977  (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Married Abt 1965 
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F1097  Group Sheet  |  Family chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 Jan 1915 - Alma, Stephens County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 27 Mar 1935 - Jefferson County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Mar 2002 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Payne, Dora Fay
    Payne, Dora Fay
    This photograph was taken of Fay as an infant
    Payne, Anna Laura ca 1916 with her sister Dora Fay
    Payne, Anna Laura ca 1916 with her sister Dora Fay
    This picture of Fay (l) and Anna Laura (r) was taken when they were still toddlers
    St. Elizabeth's Academy, Purcell, Oklahoma, Established 1888; Students
    St. Elizabeth's Academy, Purcell, Oklahoma, Established 1888; Students
    PLEASE HELP US IDENTIFY the Unknown students in this picture

    Top Row: Appears to be one of the RICE sisters from Noble, Oklahoma

    Middle Row: Unknown, Bessie Gentry PAYNE (the mother of Lois and Fay PAYNE)

    Bottom Row: Lois Marie PAYNE, Fay PAYNE, UNKNOWN

    Please help us identify the unknown Students
    St. Elizabeth's Academy, Purcell, Oklahoma, Established 1888; Payne and Rice sisters
    St. Elizabeth's Academy, Purcell, Oklahoma, Established 1888; Payne and Rice sisters
    Top Row: Fay PAYNE, Anna Laura PAYNE, Jessie RICE

    Bottow Row: RICE Twin, Lois PAYNE, RICE Twin
    St. Elizabeth's Academy, Purcell, Oklahoma, Established 1888; Students
    St. Elizabeth's Academy, Purcell, Oklahoma, Established 1888; Students
    Fay Payne and Jessie Rice
    PAYNE FAMILY REUNION - 1927
Home of Aunt Annie (O'Neill) Sparks - 
303 Hickory, Duncan, Oklahoma
    PAYNE FAMILY REUNION - 1927 Home of Aunt Annie (O'Neill) Sparks - 303 Hickory, Duncan, Oklahoma
    This 1927 Payne Reunion photo is of 41 people. On September 21-23, 1999, Charles R. Strong along with his mother, Anna Laura "Rooney" (Payne) Strong and two aunts – Dora Fay (Payne) Pierce-Yeager and Lois Marie (Payne) Hanna reviewed the picture. The late Lewis Adair Payne had already prepared his own list identifying all persons. Both list had errors. Mary Gwendolyn “Marilynn” (Payne) Wade of Marlow later helped Charles Strong reconcile the two lists and correct some errors. One reason for differences in the two lists was due to the existence of two pictures, which were almost, but not exactly, identical. This photo slightly differs from Aunt Annie’s version.

    . NOTE-The list below is numbered left to right - top to bottom. The first number is sequential in total, and the
    second number is position within the row.

    TOP ROW
    1 1 Paul Puckett, Boy living with Hattie (Brown) Payne.
    2 2 Mabel Lyles
    3 3 Baby is Mary Gwendolyn “Marilynn” (Payne) Wade.
    4 4 Joseph Ray “Jodey” Payne Jr.
    5 5 Virginia (Payne) Hardin - d. of Walter W., # 22 below
    6 6 Vera (Payne) Roberts-Young, -d. of Walter W. #22 and mother of #30 below
    7 7 Mary Ethyl (Payne) Benton-Madison-Parker. d. of W. W. # 22
    8 8 Claude Chadwick Payne
    9 9 Ruth Hazel Witherspoon-d. of Mable (Gentry) Witherspoon, d. of John Price Gentry.
    10 10 Florence Scott d. of # 23 Lou Payne Scott & niece of W.W. Payne
    11 11 Marvin Walter Payne Sr. Father of #'s 8, 28, 37, & 38
    12 12 Gracie (Gentry) Payne Wife of # 11 Marvin W. Payne
    13 13 Rene Gentry - s. of Frank Melton and Ada (Jones) Gentry, and nephew of Gracie #12
    14 14 Edna (Surginer) Payne, First wife of John Earl (Dukie) Payne
    15 15 John Earl, (Dukie) Payne
    16 16 Caroline "Carrie" (Cover) Payne
    17 17 Harry Carl Payne,Sr.

    MIDDLE ROW
    18 1 William "Billy" West - Grandson of # 23, Louise (Payne) Scott
    19 2 Joseph Ray Payne, s. of Wm. Henry H. Payne
    20 3 C. Frank Payne, Brother to # 11, Marvin W. Payne Sr.
    21 4 Annie (O'Neill) Sparks, Wife of #26
    22 5 Walter Winkle Payne
    23 6 Louise "Lula" (Payne) Scott
    24 7 Hattie (Brown) Payne
    25 8 Orville Scott
    26 9 James Rufus Sparks f. of # 33, Mary Pat (Sparks) Kubic

    BOTTOM ROW
    27 1 Anna Laura "Rooney" (Payne) Strong
    28 2 Mary Olive (Payne) Thompson
    29 3 Mary Ethyl (Benton) Jones
    30 4 Clifford "Bosco" Roberts
    31 5 Virginia Payne, sister to # 4 above, and d. of Joseph R. & g.d. Wm. H. H. Payne ?
    32 6 Dora Fay (Payne) Pierce - Yeager
    33 7 Mary Pat (Sparks) Kubik
    34 8 Francis Hardin, d. of Virginia Payne Hardin, # 5 above, (in lap of Mary Pat)
    35 9 Thelma (Gentry) Callaway - d. of Edgar J. Gentry & g.d. of Wm. M. Gentry
    36 10 Lois Marie (Payne) Hanna
    37 11 Lewis Adair Payne
    38 12 Marvin Walter "Snort" Payne Jr. in Lewis' lap.
    39 13 Willie Lee "Billy" Payne ?
    40 14 Paul James Payne
    41 15 Jean Bruce (Benton) Turner
    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, Dora Fay
    _Payne, Dora Fay
    Wife of Roscoe Pierce
    B. 1915 Oklahoma D. 2002 Oklahoma
    Payne, Dora Fay ca 1930
    Payne, Dora Fay ca 1930
    This glamorous photo of Fay Payne was probably taken around the time of her marriage to Roscoe Pierce.

    Gentry, Bessie ca 1940, with son Thomas Hardrick Payne and daughter Fay Payne Pierce
    Gentry, Bessie ca 1940, with son Thomas Hardrick Payne and daughter Fay Payne Pierce
    Bessie Payne went to visit her children in California in the 1940's. This photo was taken at Fay Pierce's home, 847 1/2 Pointsettia Place in Los Angeles.
    Payne, Dora Fay ca 1940's
    Payne, Dora Fay ca 1940's
    Appears to have been taken in the 1940's either in California or Oklahoma
    Payne, Dora Fay ca 1940's
    Payne, Dora Fay ca 1940's
    Appears to have been taken in the 1940's either in California or Oklahoma
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Payne, Anna Laura, Fay, Tom, Lois ca 1956
    Payne, Anna Laura, Fay, Tom, Lois ca 1956
    The Payne Siblings, circa 1956. From left to right, standing in order of their birth, Anna Laura (42), Fay (41), Tom (39) and Lois (36)
    Payne sisters with family
    Payne sisters with family
    r t l: Fay Payne Yeager, Homer Strong with wife Anna Laura Payne Strong, Lois Payne Hanna, Amos Kubik and wife
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Payne, Fay and Roonie
    Payne, Fay and Roonie
    Fay (L) and Roonie(R) on a Cruise, circa 1990. The three Payne sisters remained close friends their entire lives, often travelling with each other.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.

    Documents
    St. Elizabeth's Academy, Established 1888, Purcell, Oklahoma
    St. Elizabeth's Academy, Established 1888, Purcell, Oklahoma
    Founded in February, 1888, one year before Oklahoma was opened to settlement and barely a year after Purcell was established as a junction point on the Santa Fe, St. Elizabeth is one of Oklahoma's most famous old schools. The spacious, roomy, two-storied frame building, set in a grassy plot with a peaceful background of slender poplars, elms and cedars, is still a thing of considerable beauty. For many years it was the only educational landmark in an unsettled area, and the sight of students playing about its grounds, supervised by the black-robed nuns, against the bright southwestern skies, has become familiar to nearly all Oklahomans who have lived here any length of time. When St. Elizabeth's convent was founded, in 1888, Purcell was a part of the Chickasaw nation of the old Indian territory, and the gateway to the great ranching empire which lay to the west and south. The country then was all pastureland, heavily wooded and a ranch of 10,000 to 20,000 acres was commonplace. Most of the settlers were Chickasaws, but here were also Choctaw families, and a good many white settlers. All were eager to send their children to school and the news that St. Elizabeth's convent had opened in Purcell was welcomed far and wide. Families packed their children and brought them to board and room at the convent, or if there was no space there, boarded them in homes and they attended day school. Three eager young nuns, all now dead, of the Order of St. Francis, made their way west from Philadelphia and arrived in Purcell on Feb. 14, 1888. At the time there was under construction a three-room frame building on the same lot where the Benedictine priests had built a one-room church. Sunday services were conducted in the church which on week days was converted into two school rooms by hanging a heavy carpet to form a partition. By November, however, the new three-room frame building was completed and enrolment consisted of 120 pupils. Ages of these pupils ranged from 6 to 18 years. Soon, there were 25 boarders, then 50. Money for the grounds, buildings and teachers was paid for by Miss Katherine Drexel of the wealthy Philadelphia Drexel family. She had become interested in educating the Indians through the efforts of Father Vincent Jolly, O.S.B., who taught at the Sacred Heart academy situated in unsettled wilderness in what is now Pottawatomie county. Father Jolly, accompanied by Father William Capital, took turns in coming to Purcell to hold services. Father Jolly told Miss Drexel of the Indian boys and girls who needed educational opportunities, and described the great wilderness, which pioneers were still to conquer. One church was unable to bear the expense. But Miss Drexel could and did for 60 years. Miss Drexel furnished money for the grounds, buildings and early support, and a new building site was selected in 1891 by the Very Rev. Ignatius Jean, Benedictine priest, while Rev. F. Steven, director of the Indian bureau, gave the plans of the building to Miss Drexel. At her instigation, Archbishop Ryan of Philadelphia designated the Sisters of St. Francis of the Philadelphia Foundation, Mother House in Glen Riddle, Pa., to take charge of the mission. Miss Drexel also offered to pay of the sister's support. In an area known as Love's pasture, named for the late Robert Love, Purcell's founder, who proved to be very helpful to the new school, ground was broken and the building erected which still stands today. On the second floor near the chapel is a bronze plaque dedicated to the founder, the late Father Vincent Jolly. Government support by which the Indian girls' tuition was paid in part by the government was withdrawn in 1932......(Causing the sisters) to run the institution on practically no income except from Miss Drexel. For some time the sisters kept the girls without government aid from their own slender resources as teachers. Continued maintenance soon became impossible. The school shut its doors for good in 1948. (Excerpted from an August 15, 1948 article in the Daily Oklahoman about the closure of St. Elizabeth's)

  • Sources 
    1. [S410] Strong, Betty Wehunt, Genealogy prepared for Strong Family Reunion ca 1988, subsequent correspondence and emails.

    2. [S333] Ancestry.com - U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-Current [database online], (Ancestry.com. Social Security Death Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011. Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration. The Social Security Administration Death Master File contains information on millions of deceased individuals with United States social security numbers whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration. Birth years for the individuals listed range from 1875 to last year. Information in these records includes name, birth date, death date, and last known residence.).