OBITUARY - EDNA I. (MATTHEWS) PAYNE SICKELS
March 3, 1916 ~ January 6, 2011
Edna I. PAYNE SICKELS, 94, of Mount Ayr, Iowa, passed away peacefully on January 6, 2011 at the Clearview Nursing Home.
She was born on March 3, 1916 in Tingley, Iowa the sixth child of the nine children born to Fletcher & Rose RAY MATTHEWS.
Her strong belief in the Christian faith was instilled in her as a young girl at her mother's knee listening to
inspirational bible stories and verses. Edna graduated from the Delphos High School in 1934. She was baptized at the
First Christian Church in Delphos, Iowa. Upon moving to Mount Ayr, she transferred her membership to the Baptist church
and then in 1945 she transferred to the First Christian Church where she remained a member for over 65 years at the time
of her death. Edna was a tireless church volunteer and known for her delicious specialty of homemade macaroni & cheese.
On April 10, 1935, she married Troy Sarield PAYNE in Grant City, Missouri. They were married for 43 years until Troy's
death on September 22, 1978. Two daughters were born to this union, Sharon Sue PICKENS of Iowa City, Iowa and Brenda Lea
McDANIEL of Dousman, Wisconsin. Their greatest interest in life centered on their daughters and grandchildren. Edna's
large family spent a lot of fun times together, playing games, making bonfires and enjoying delicious homemade meals. In
1945, Troy and Edna joined the family business, PAYNE Freight Lines, until Troy's retirement in 1968. In 1958, Edna joined
her sister's business, the local Dairy Sweet and worked there for many years. In April 1970, she began her career as a
telephone operator with GTE (now Verizon) where
she worked 13 years before her retirement in 1983. In her spare time, she enjoyed crafts, ceramics, gardening, growing
plants and flowers both inside and out. She had a green thumb and could make any plant grow and flourish. Edna had a love
of Angels and had an extensive collection, as well as ceramic and porcelain collectible dolls, which were displayed
throughout her home.
In 1979, Edna sold her home at 600 W. Columbus and moved into her new home on West Street. She lived happily there for 21
On July 24, 1983, Edna married Deane SICKELS. If you had driven by their house, you might have seen their kitchen table
moved out of the way and Edna teaching Deane to dance. They had 4 ½ years together of traveling and dancing until Deane's
death on December 15, 1987.
At the age of 84, Edna moved into the newly built Clearview Estates on November 25, 2000. She was a resident of the
Clearview Estates for 5 years until moving to the Clearview Nursing Home on July 26, 2005 where she remained until her
Edna is survived by her two daughters and son-in-law: Sharon PICKENS of Iowa City and Brenda (David) McDANIEL of Dousman,
Wisconsin; four grandchildren Kris PICKENS, Eric (Catherine) McDANIEL, Scott McDANIEL, Teresa McDANIEL; and three
great-grandchildren Jacob, Lexi, and Carter PICKENS; also a sister Francis Geneva (Neva) FISHER of Mount Ayr; as well as
numerous other nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her two husbands, Troy PAYNE and Deane SICKELS, three sisters, four brothers,
her son-in-law, Kenneth PICKENS, and her grandson, Kent PICKENS.
A memorial fund has been established to the First Christian Church and Hospice of Central Iowa.
There will be a terrible void in our lives without you Mother, but know you have taught us so much by your unselfish
actions of Love that even though your soul is with God, your Heart with go on in all our future generations. We know you
will watch over us and keep us all safe everyday of our lives.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 10, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., First Christian Church of Mount Ayr,
with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2011
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