Carol (Cox) Payne, 90, went with be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, May 5, 2014, in Washougal. She was born on July 24, 1923, in Lehi, Utah. She married Clifford A. Payne in 1942.
A Clark County resident since 2003, Carol moved to the Vancouver area to be close to her daughter. However, in the earlier years, when her children were small, she, a city girl, learned to live on a ranch in the Klickitat Valley. In 1967 the family moved to Selah, where she became an accomplished florist. She and Cliff spent several years on the Washington State Experimental Station east of Yakima. Upon retirement, they took to the highways to travel and live in their fifth wheel trailer for two more years.
She and Cliff were State Park hosts and in the mid 1980’s they lived and worked year around at Washington’s Maryhill State Park. When Cliff died in 1992 she stayed on at the park working in the office and on the grounds. In 2003 she was awarded the “State Park Volunteer of the Year for Washington”. She spent a lot of her time gardening and reading and visiting with the multitude of friends she made in the park and surrounding areas. Most of all, she enjoyed her loving family.
Carol is survived by her son, Jim (Donita) Payne of Nampa, Idaho, and her daughter Linda Clemmer of Camas; grandchildren Kelly (Susan) Clemmer, Casey (Traci) Clemmer, JoLyn Knight and Jamon (Sharon) Payne and great-grandchildren Dakody, Courtney, Raelyn, Jackson, Carson and Chloe.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford A. Payne, in 1992 after 50 years of loving marriage; her parents, Sam and Mabel Cox; and her brother, Edward R Cox.
A graveside Celebration of Life service was held on May 18, 2013, at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore.
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