She was born Sept. 7, 1918, in Turner, Ind., to Harry "Dink" Ruddell and Ella Emmert Ruddell.
She added Staunton High School, class of 1936.
In her early years of her marriage, she was a stay-at-home wife and mother. She began working at Columbia House in 1962 and retired from CBS in 1982.
She was an excellent cook and housekeeper but her favorite pastime was sewing.
She loved shopping for fabrics and her work as a seamstress was always meticulous.
She also loved to travel and enjoyed many leisure trips after her retirement.
She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and a member of First Christian Church in Brazil.
She was preceded in death by her former husband of 35 years Earl Payton, brother Harry W. Ruddell, Indianapolis, and sisters Opal Novotney and Kathryn Kyle, both of Terre Haute.
Survivors include daughter Nancy Holden, Terre Haute, sons Earl "Eddie" Payton and wife Linda, Brazil, and Raymond "Dale" Payton and wife Rita, Terre Haute, grandchildren Richard Cesinger, Atlanta, Texas, Keith Holden, New York City, Anthony "Tony" Payton and wife Linda, Brazil, Todd Payton and wife Heather, North Carolina, Rene' Hankins and husband Aaron, Terre Haute, and Gregg Payton, Terre Haute, great-grandchildren Jennifer and Katherine Cesinger, Texas, Seth and Stacy Payton, Brazil, Madison, Dawson and Riley Payton, North Carolina, and Kaitlyn and Mark Hankins, Terre Haute, numerous nieces and nephews and a large extended family.
Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m., Friday, May 15, 2009, at French Funeral Home, with Chris Gregg officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in her memory.