of Little Rock, AR
February 13, 1932 - August 15, 2021
Our beloved mother, Ada Marie Payne, went to her heavenly home on August 15, 2021, after a sudden decline due to heart failure that hadn't succeeded in slowing her down much until about a month before her death. Her children were able to stay close by her side in her final days and she and they enjoyed special times together.She was born on February 13, 1932 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Pearl and Aden Boyd. She attended Mount St. Mary's High School. She met her dashing husband, Ray Dixon, when she was a young cashier for the Capitol Theatre in downtown Little Rock (where you could see a movie for 25 cents). For a few years she and Ray went to Hollywood where they both got bit parts in movies and had fun doing that until the children started coming. Ray enlisted in the Army and together with their children traveled all over the United States and Europe with the Army (not one of their 5 children were born in the same state and one was even born in Germany).During her years as a single mom of 5 children she worked as a waitress at Bruno's Little Italy and made many friends there including her best friend for life. She loved working with Jimmy Bruno and the people there, and they loved her in return. She also worked for HealthSouth Rehab and enjoyed her years there.Marie was a fun loving lady and enjoyed being active at her retirement home at Good Shepherd, and that included participating in fierce Bean Bag competitions. She loved hanging out with the ladies there and was always helping others as she saw the need. She belonged to a small community group from Fellowship Bible Church. Before she moved to Good Shepherd, this group would go there and pick up their "Treasured Friends" and take them on a fun outing. As she grew older and moved into Good Shepherd herself, she became a Treasured Friend and she would be picked up to go on outings with the group she once served with.Marie was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Ray Dixon and second husband, Jack Payne, son Michael (Ursula), 2 brothers, Bud Boyd(Shirley) and Jerry Boyd, and grandson Shaun.She leaves behind a legacy of 34: 5 children, 14 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. Her daughters Pam Cameron (Rod) of Destin, FL. and Tina Priddy (Robert) of Little Rock; sons, Steve Dixon, and Dan Dixon (Cheryl) both of Little Rock, grandchildren, Christina, Angela (John), Jason, Jessica (Jamey), Andrea, Paul, Alicia, Harvest, Katy, Jacob (Tristen), Timothy, Faith and Aidan, as well as her sisters Linda Miller of Haskell, and Shirley Areson of Brazoria Texas.
Ms. Payne was my friend, Christina’s “Nana.” As Christina and I rode to and from the same school together where we taught here in Florida, she would tell me about her Nana and how much she loved her and missed her. I wish that I could have met Ms. Payne, and I want to extend my deepest sympathy to Ms. Payne’s family- especially Christina, her mother, Pam, and Christina’s sister, Angela.
And Marie I will miss you so much thank you for always treating me like one of your kids. You always were straightforward and told me like it wasAnd you even let me stay with you when I needed to when I was visiting in Arkansas. Please hug my daddy and grandma Pearl. I will see you all again one day and can’t wait to hug y’all. Big kisses!
lady what am i going to do, i miss our weekly gab fest on the phone.we talked about what teed us off , then what made us happy. it was a very enjoyable year i'm glad we spent it together. save me a place and until then. on your birthday each year i will bring out the casset of the jimmy dorsey band and play it just for you. until we meet again. luv shirley
You were my mother, you were my cruising buddy, you were my telephone buddy and you were my friend. I miss you already but I have peace knowing I will see you again in Heaven. What a day of rejoicing that will be!
Ms. Payne, we will miss you so. We wish you lasting peace and comfort. Please watch over our dear Tina. You are her angel now. ❤️
I’ll miss our shopping trips, lunches and visits, I love you very much
What a great lady who had a wonderful life, you will be missed Aunt Marie.
Rest in peace Aunt Rea until we meet again, love you!❤❤
Aunt Rea your in a better place but going to miss you! Save us all a place! Love you❤❤❤
Sending my condolences to Tina and the rest of the family.
Mama, I can’t believe you are no longer here with me. My heart breaks. Your body would not work anymore. I love you for letting me be me, even if you didn’t understand me😀 I love you for making me the strong woman I am today! I loved watching the news with you on my way home. I most of all LOVE you for being you! Thank you for all that you did for me. I could not have raised my children without you! I miss you mama. Love you forever. Tina
Tina and family, so sorry for your loss. I pray God keeps and strengthen each of you. God bless,Latoria
A lovely woman loved by so many. Loved visiting with you every time I was down there. You will be missed !!!! ❤🙏 rest in peace
AUNT REE, I AM GOING TO MISS YOU SO MUCH HAVE FUN WITH GRANDMA! I LOVE YOU 💞😘
Love and miss you Nana! ❤️
I'm going to miss you mom
Prayers for all, she is in a better place we will all meet again♥️
I will miss you so very much Grandma. I loved your humor and personality. I loved our talks and FaceTime moments. God has another Angel in heaven. Say hi to grandpa, Dad, and Shaun for me please and give them a big hug! I love you to the moon and back! ❤️