Evelyn Lee Payne, 81, artist, homemaker

May 17, 2002

Evelyn Lee Payne, a homemaker, artist and potter who formerly created floats for parades, died of cancer Wednesday at her Catonsville home. She was 81 and had been a Catonsville resident for half a century.

The former Evelyn Lee Daniels was born in Martinsburg, W.Va., where she graduated from high school in 1937. She studied fashion design and commercial art at Maryland Institute of Art.

She married Richard D. Payne Sr. in 1940 and during that decade was a graphic artist for McCormick & Co., then on Light Street, and at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, where she created artwork displayed in the central library's Cathedral Street windows.

After leaving in 1950 to raise her family, Mrs. Payne was active with Boy Scout Troop No. 399 in Catonsville. During the 1960s, she created the annual July Fourth parade floats for the Catonsville Exchange Club. In 1970, she created a float that celebrated Baltimore County's 200th anniversary.

Mrs. Payne began studying pottery-making in the 1970s, while painting portraits and landscapes in oils, watercolors and pastels.

She was an active communicant for more than 50 years at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 202 Ingleside Ave., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Payne is survived by a son, Richard D. Payne Jr. of Sharpsburg, W.Va.; a daughter, Elizabeth P. Nowell of Linthicum; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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