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Nancy Easterling Payne

Nancy Easterling Payne of New Paltz, NY, formerly of Summit and Chatham, NJ, passed away peacefully on March 6th 2019. She was 89 years young.

Born in Tennessee and raised in Santa Monica, CA and Norfolk, VA, she earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The College of William and Mary and New York University.

Nancy was married to Navy lieutenant Bill Payne of Albany, NY. Together they spent several wonderful years stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, raised their sons in New Jersey, and enjoyed magical summers at Forest Lake Park in Grafton, NY.

Nancy’s career spanned working for the U.S. Army on its official history of World War II, for The John’s Hopkins Operations Research Office in Germany, for the Sterling Winthrop Research Institute in Rensselaer, NY, and for the Silver Burdett publishing house in Morristown, NJ.  Once retired, she travelled through Asia, Europe and Alaska, before settling in New Paltz.

She is survived by her sons, Todd and Mark, their wives Phyllis Payne and Elizabeth Rosen, her treasured grandson Jake of Woodstock, NY, her brother, Vice Admiral Crawford A. Easterling of Jacksonville, FL, and his wife Beverly.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2PM on Saturday, March 16th, at 100 Woodland Pond Circle, New Paltz, NY.

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