Shirley M. Payne

Nov. 10, 1929 - May 19, 2015

Shirley M. Payne, who lived her whole life in Amagansett, died at Southampton Hospital on May 19 after having a heart attack at home. She was 85.

Allison Lupo, her daughter, remembered her as a hard worker who was always putting her family first. “It was all about raising the five of us,” Mrs. Lupo said. A homemaker, she “was always doing something” to raise extra money for the household, like working as a private cook.

“In her younger years, she was real strict with us kids,” Mrs. Lupo said, but “she was a pussycat in her golden years.” Mother and daughter had a beautiful Mother’s Day together about a week before she died, Mrs. Lupo said.

Shirley Marie Lester was born on Nov. 10, 1929, to Herbert L. Lester and the former Bessie Bennett in her parents’ house on Oak Lane. She graduated from East Hampton High School.

In 1949, she married Sydney Dimon Payne, a commercial fisherman in Montauk who was later a custodian at the Amagansett School. They raised a family on Oak Street Extension, where she lived for 65 years.

After Mr. Payne’s death in 1994, Mrs. Payne enjoyed traveling to Florida with Mrs. Lupo’s family. A place called John’s Path in St. Pete Beach became a favorite because, her daughter said, it reminded her of the old Montauk fishing village. She also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles.

In addition to Mrs. Lupo, Mrs. Payne is survived by three sons, Sydney Payne of Manning, S.C., Wesley Payne of Schuylerville, N.Y., and Lawrence Payne of Mastic Beach. Sharon Payne, a daughter, died before her, as did two siblings, Edwina Tyler and Wood­row Lester. Eleven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two nieces and nephews also survive. A grandson, Erik D. Payne, died in March, and a granddaughter, Susanne Payne, also died before her.

A service was held on Friday at Oak Grove Cemetery in Amagansett. Donations have been suggested to the Amagansett Fire Department, 439 Main Street, Amagansett 11930.