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Beverly Marion (Redd) Payne

| December 1, 2020 1:00 AM

Beverly Marion Payne went to be with her Savior, Jesus, on Nov. 17, 2020. She was born in Los Angeles on Jan. 7, 1934, and raised in Culver City. When she was 19 years old she met the love of her life, John Payne. They married in 1953 and had their first daughter, Elizabeth, on Bev's 21st birthday. Two years later they welcomed their second daughter, Laura, into the world. Bev enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom and her daughters greatly benefited from her constancy, love, attention and discipline. There is no job outside the home that was worth more than that.

She had a great sense of humor and there was a gleam in her eye when she giggled. She was funniest when she wasn't even trying to be and she wasn't afraid to laugh at herself.

She loved the holidays and put a lot of effort into making them special. Her Easter baskets and Christmas stockings were the best! Even after we were adults we reminded Mom that we weren't too old for baskets and stockings.

She taught us by examples, not just words. We learned to NEVER litter and to be honest to the nth degree. If she received too much change she would return to the store, even if it was only a few cents. We never forgot those lessons.

She was exceedingly kind and generous to friends and strangers alike. Whenever she knew there was a need, she stepped up to meet it. Our dad was exactly the same in that regard and we grew up with beautiful examples of generosity and humility.

A few years ago, when she was able to attend the Lighthouse Church, she started a campaign to encourage people to make shoe boxes full of gifts for Operation Christmas Child, which distributes gifts to children in need all over the world. Her church prepared 75 boxes that year (she made half of them.) The tradition carried on and this year they made over 1,000 boxes!

Most of her life she was in a great deal of chronic pain, which she endured bravely and without much complaining. Not long ago, we asked her how she did it and she said, "Every morning I put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:11-19.) I couldn't endure without Jesus and His word." She read her Bible every day and was a true prayer warrior. We are confident that when she entered Heaven, Jesus said, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John; her parents, John and Cozy Redd; siblings, Julia, Lucille and Jack; and granddaughter, Jennifer von Beck. She is survived by her daughters, Zoe Elizabeth von Beck, Laura Lynn Augusta (Frank); adopted daughter, Elise Pugh; goddaughter, Lisa Preyor; grandson, Joshua McKain (Vanessa) and great-grandchildren, Allie, Sophia, Logan, Peyton and Taylor; and several beloved nieces and grand-nieces and nephews.

Heartfelt thanks to the staff at the Courtyard of Coeur d'Alene, where she lived for the past two years, and the Schneidmiller Hospice House COVID wing, where she received excellent, compassionate care during her last days. There will be no memorial service at this time due to COVID-19.