Dorothy S. Payne Violinist, volunteer

December 29, 1992

Dorothy S. Payne, a violinist who volunteered her time to entertain in nursing homes, died of heart failure Dec. 21.

Mrs. Payne, 103, had been a resident of the Broadmead Retirement Center in Cockeysville since 1980.

Born Dorothy Stanchfield in Denver, Mrs. Payne graduated from high school in Santa Monica, Calif., in 1907.

As a youngster, she excelled in swimming and began a lifelong interest in music, eventually learning to play the violin, viola and piano.

In 1913, she married Olney R. Payne Sr. in Denver. In 1922, the couple moved to Baltimore, where Mr. Payne was employed as a purchasing agent for the Bethlehem Steel Corp.

From 1927 to 1952, the couple lived on Bateman Avenue in the Windsor Hills section of Baltimore. The Paynes then moved to Eton Avenue in Towson. After her husband died in 1979, Mrs. Payne moved to Broadmead.

For many years, she played first violin for the Homeland Music Club, a local group that entertained in nursing homes and retirement centers. During World War II, she was in charge of the Gray Ladies, a volunteer corps of nursing assistants at Baltimore's old Marine Hospital in Wyman Park.

Services were scheduled for 11 a.m. today9 at the Ruck-Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mrs. Payne is survived by her son, Olney R. Payne Jr. of Towson; her daughter Virginia Payne Wildman, who lives in a suburb of Oakland, Calif.; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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