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S. Josephine "Jo" Payne

Died: Wed., Dec. 1, 2010

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S. Josephine "Jo" Payne

Victor  -  Jo Payne, age 71, passed away at Marcus-Daly Memorial Hospital on December 1, 2010 after a courageous battle of over seven (7) years suffering from a massive stroke, with her beloved daughter by her side.
She was born at home in Victor on a frozen New Year's Day morning, 1939, to Nellie Theone (Hutchinson) and Lee Payne.  There was no doctor present at her birth, but he sobered up later to sign her birth certificate.  She was the third child of ten (10) and the first girl, so she was a segregate mother from the time she could walk.
She first married Wayne E. McCool in May of 1955.  They went over the state line into Idaho with their friends James and Elouise Ginn.  Jo was only sixteen (16) and Wayne was twenty (20).
She is survived by her devoted daughter, Steve (correct spelling) McCool, of Stevensville and beloved niece Alice Marie Payne of Spokane, WA; five (5) siblings, Leo, Tom, Rick, Anna and Laura, all of whom Jo helped many times through the years.  She was preceded in death by her parents, three (3) brothers, one (1) sister and her son, Wayne Terry McCool, May 2008.
Jo and her two (2) children traveled the western states from Canada to Mexico following her husband who worked in construction and was always one or two steps ahead of the law, most of the time.  In January of 1968, she took her children and moved to the Washington coast.  She worked hard at waitressing and on a fishing boat to support herself and young children.  In 1969 she married Carlos Lesslie (correct spelling) Locker in Spokane, WA.  She worked at Gonzaga University and did some accounting for taxes.  She loved numbers.  While in Spokane, she finished raising her children.  In the fall of 1975 with daughter in tow, she went to Alaska to seek life's adventures.  She had left her second husband, with whom she remained friends with until his passing in 1997.  She traveled and worked in Alaska for eleven (11) years, living for four and a half(4 1/2) years in Fairbanks where she met and married Ricardo Vasquez in 1977.  They were only together for four (4) years.  In 1980 she went to Point Barrow with her son and daughter-in-law.  She was very happy being her own boss of her life.  She worked for the Village Borough as an accountant, then took a managers job of the largest General Surplus Store in the northern region of Alaska.  She loved that job and worked many long hard hours.  Finally, she had made enough money.  In the summer of 1986, she came back to the Bitterroot.  She bought a home across the road from her mother, where she had grown up.  She helped her mother a lot and helped her pass away in the summer of 1988.  In 1989 she went back to Alaska and helped her son for two (2) years, living in Anchorage, while trying to heal from the loss of her mom.  She came back to the Bitterroot in 1991 and moved back into her home out of Victor.
Jo was very self educated in many things, read a library full of books, loved mother earth, seed catalogs and the Farmer's Almanac.  Her and her mother loved cross word puzzles and would do them for days when she was not outside with her hands in the dirt, she had an awesome green thumb!  Jo was a very intelligent and sensitive person.  She strived most of her life to make a difference in other people's lives whenever possible.
In April of 2003, she had a massive stroke while at home.  For seven and a half (7 1/2) years, her daughter took care of her until going home to Jesus.  She will be greatly missed.
A graveside service will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 12 noon at the Victor Cemetery.  As a request, Jo's five (5) siblings and niece Leona are not welcome, need not attend.  We are all in my prayers.  Forgiveness must come from all.

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