Cheryl J. Gurley Payne 66 of Hillsboro passed away Sept 23, 2021 at Hillsboro Area Hospital.
She was born Aug 6, 1955 in Hillsboro IL to Myrl and Betty (Collins) Gurley.
She was a graduate of Hillsboro High School and attended Greenville College studying early childhood development. She was a member of the Hillsboro Free Methodist church
She was transportation director and bus driver for Hillsboro School District. She worked at St. Johns Hospital in Springfield in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and lab as a phlebologist.
She married Richard “Rick’ Payne on Aug. 2, 1975 and he preceded her in death July 3, 2021, She is survived by her mother Betty Gurley of Hillsboro, one daughter Rachel (Ken) Payne-Grinolds of Chatham three sons Ryan (Kelli Jo) Payne of Hillsboro, Christopher (Amanda) Payne of Witt and Caleb (Andrea) Payne of Hillsboro, 21 grandchildren and one great grandchild, one sister Vickie Cherry of Hillsboro one aunt Ethel Liston of Irving and uncle Larry Collins of Hillsboro.
She was preceded in death by her father and husband and an aunt Colleen Gates.
Memorials can be directed to Hillsboro Free Methodist Church, St. Jude’s Children’s hospital or Samaritan’s purse.
Visitation will be Tuesday Sept. 28, 2021 at Hough & Sons Funeral Home in Hillsboro from 5-7 PM.
Funeral service will be Wednesday Sept. 29, 2021 at 10:00 Am at the Hillsboro Free Methodist Church with Rev. Randy Sands officiating.
Private burial will be in Payne Family Cemetery.
Hough & Sons Funeral home in Hillsboro are in charge of arrangements.
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