Viola Virginia Payne

Viola Virginia Payne


Viola Virginia Payne, age 87, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died on Monday, September 27, 2021 at The Berkeley Springs Center LLC.

Born January 18, 1934 in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Raymond McKinley and Mamie Estella Peck Steiner.

She was a member of Wesleyan Chapel in Berkeley Springs.

Viola was a 1952 graduate of Berkeley Springs High School.

She had worked as a seamstress at the Interwoven Hosiery Mill, Londontown Manufacturing and Vanguard Products.

She was an avid reader, enjoyed watching television and had been a homemaker in recent years.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her beloved fur family, Buster, Trouble, Big Red, White Boy, Mommie, Gray Boy, Gray Girl, May Ling, Blessed and Lilly.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Emmert Payne on September 1, 2021, her daughter, Victoria Payne Nichols, her grandson, Larry Hudson Weber, four sisters, Delores Jean Steiner, Alice Lee Close, Juanita Kay and Geneva Steiner and four brothers, Raymond “Monk” Steiner, Jr., Oliver Steiner, Morgan Steiner and William Steiner.

Graveside funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, October 4, 2021 at Spohrs Crossroads Cemetery, 5377 Martinsburg Road, Berkeley Springs, W.Va. with Rev. William C. Swope officiating. Family and friends assembled at the cemetery at 1:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430.

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Arrangements are being handled by Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 95 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, W.Va.