Barbara Ann Payne

February 17, 1941 ~ May 21, 2021 (age 80)


Barbara Ann Payne, 80, of Findlay, Ohio passed away Friday, May 21, 2021.

Barbara was born in Toledo, Ohio to the late Harold and Charlotte (Jenkins) McGee. She married the love of her life James Payne on November 27, 1963 in the St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Findlay, Ohio and he survives in Findlay. Barbara is also survived by her two daughters: Jennifer (Matthew) Dysinger of Findlay and Katie (Tim) Wolfe of Avon, Indiana; grandchildren: Gage Leal, Molly Wolfe, Emily Wolfe and Charlotte White; a great-grandchild Garrett and siblings: Kathy (Jim) Federici and Betsy (Rob) Fender. She was also preceded in death by her sister Sue Romick.

Barbara was a 1959 Graduate of Findlay High School and attended Defiance College and Findlay College. She was a teacher at Mrs. Woodbury’s Nursery School, started the Mini Art program at Liberty Benton Elementary. Barbara loved antiques, auctions and finding treasures. She was the co-founder of the Findlay Antique Show with her parents, Charlotte and Harold McGee, and her husband, Jim. She made many friends while running the two antiques shops, she owned along with having her antique booth at Jeffrey’s Antique Mall and judged antiques at the Hancock County Fair.  Barbara was an active member of The Collectors of Findlay Glass and the Antique Study Club. Barbara also taught Adult Education Classes at Findlay High School and Findlay College on antiques and she co-authored of the Artistic Glassware of Dalzell,Gilmore and Leighton Findlay Glass book. From the time she was young, she had a natural affinity for all animals, especially horses.  Barbara taught Horse Riding Lessons, showed and groomed dogs and rescued animals. Barbara was also an award-winning Gift Basket maker at Gifts In Time and the originator of The Taste of Findlay basket given by local corporations at holidays and to welcome newcomers to the community. Family was always her first priority and she was known as the holiday cream puff making queen. She was a giving woman who always had a smile, laugh and could find the good in all things and people, and she never knew a stranger. Barbara had a fervent love for her children and grandchildren and passed on her love, generosity, humility and love of life to them. Her life was enriched by the loving kindness of her exemplary caregivers who became faithful extended family members.  Barbara was a cherished woman with so much strength she was always able to give some to others.

Barbara’s Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted with the Hanneman Funeral Home, 201 Osborn Ave., Findlay, Ohio 45840.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be gifted in Barbara’s honor to New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program  or to Bridge Hospice.

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