(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)
Betty Payne Gage died at the age of 99. She was born in Forrest City, Arkansas, on May 31, 1920 to Dick and Winnie Payne.
Her friends and family often said "Betty Gage is amazing, she can do anything." She was an accomplished musician who shared her talent with the congregations of First Presbyterian Church and St. James Episcopal Church every Sunday for over 60 years; an avid bridge player; a seamstress, knitter, crocheter; a talented cook who kept her children and grandchildren supplied with wild plum jelly and homemade bread; a vivid storyteller; and overall a kind, generous, and optimistic spirit who enjoyed a full and happy life.
She was preceded in death by her husband Howell Nicholson Gage, a son Richard Vertner Gage, a daughter Libba Hynum Torrey, and a brother Albert Payne.