Lorena J. (Boudreau) Payne, 84, of Inlet, NY passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at the Sunset Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in Boonville, NY.
Born in Thendara, NY on March 26, 1933, Lorena was the daughter of the late Susan Dowling and Everiste Boudreau. She attended Town of Webb High School, where she was a cheerleader. At a very early age, she was a caddy at Thendara Golf Club, where she learned to love and play the game. Lorena was an excellent athlete all through her youth and adult years. She loved all music and dancing, enjoyed reading, loved card and board games, was an immaculate housekeeper, great cook, and made the best pies ever.
On August 30, 1950 she married the love of her life, Willard "Bill" Payne who preceded her in death just a short 9 months ago, on July 5, 2016. Their son, Larry; (who was married to Annette Vittucci) passed away July 1979. Lorena is survived by two daughters, Debora (Eric) Hemmert of Bellefontaine, OH; and Lorena (Danner) McGuinness of Albany, NY. She is also survived by five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, Rachel Payne (Tony) Blair of Louisburg, NC, and their children, Sophia, Avaleigh, Elias, and Liam, Amber Warner (Mark) Bassett of Bloomsburg, PA, and their son, Ty, Adam (Elicia) Warner of Celina, OH, and their daughter, Paisleigh, and Lawrence McGuinness and Scott McGuinness, both of Albany, NY.
Lorena was preceded in death by her six older siblings; Mary Ellen Russell, Eva Olmstead, Harold Boudreau, Irene Harwood, Alton Boudreau, and Edward Boudreau. Those of us left on earth are quite certain there are many stories, lots of music, and much laughter going on up above.
Lorena was a "Jill" of many trades. She took her responsibilities of being daughter, sister, wife, daughter in law, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend… very seriously and with so much pride. She kept the books for Bill's business, was a caregiver to many, worked as a chambermaid for several places, and drove school bus for Inlet Public School (however, at that time, it was only a red station wagon with 2 rows of seats facing forward and the 3rd one facing backwards). She served on many committees, was a Girl Scout leader, bowled on many teams, was a long-time member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, a member of both Thendara and Inlet Golf Clubs, and an absolute beautiful person! She will be remembered for her smile that could make you feel better in an instant, her kind and gentle words that were always genuine, and her contagious laughter. Her love of life, family, her "Bill", friends, babies and animals will live on in her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, May 14, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. at the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, 128 Fern Avenue in Old Forge, NY. Funeral services will be at St. Anthony's Church, SR 28, in Inlet, NY at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 15, 2017. Interment will follow at the Riverview Cemetery in Old Forge, NY.
In honor of Lorena's love for family and friends, please join the family for a "Celebration of Life" gathering at the Toboggan Inn in Eagle Bay, immediately following the interment.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions and donations in Lorena's memory can be made to Alzheimer's Association; Northeastern New York Chapter; 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405; Albany, NY 12205, telephone 518-867-4999 or online at www.alz.org/northeasternny. Online messages of sympathy may be left at www.dfwefh.com.