Katherine “Kathy/Katie” Payne, wife, mother, theater actor/director, artist, writer and world traveler, died peacefully in her home on July 22, 2008. She was born on April 13, 1929, in Fond du Lac, Wis. She studied art at the University of Wisconsin and later moved to Texas to continue her studies at the University of Texas.

She is survived by her husband, Glenn; children, Carl Payne of Ahlerstadt, Germany, Jacqueline Burson and Robin McClure of Huntsville, Craig Payne of Wimberely, Diana Alford of Loena; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Payne and her husband lived in Austin and Houston before being transfered to Pennsylvania where they subsequently retired in 1984. They then traveled throughout the United States for a year, a trip she always referred to as her favorite. Continuning their adventure, they moved to England as a base for traveling in Europe and Africia for another year. Returning to the U.S., they lived in Arkansas and Arizona and continued to travel making an around-the-world “sidepacking” trip for another year as well as a year in the South Pacific and Southeast Asia. When not on the road, they were both active in theater work and she continued to paint and write. Her art work can be found in homes from the east to west coast. After an absence of 30 years, the couple moved back to Huntsville in 2000, and continued their travels. However, a little less “roughly” than previously, as well as acting and directing for the Huntsville Community Theatre.

An informal open house will be held on Aug. 9, 2008, from 2-5 p.m. to celebrate her exuberant spirit, wit and creative flair. Anyone wishing to make a contribution may do so in her name to the Rita B. Huff Animal Shelter in Huntsville. An online register book is available at www.brookefuneralservice.com.