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Nancy Sue (Cave) Payne

Sunday, July 12, 2020

With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Nancy Sue (Cave) Payne on the afternoon of July 2, 2020. She passed away in her 80th year.

Born in Garrett, Texas November 17, 1940, Nancy grew up in a loving house with her mother & father and brothers. She went to high school at Ennis High and played in the band. Upon graduation, she attended Texas Wesleyan College where she majored in English and Math. Upon graduations, she spent approximately 40 years molding young minds as a teacher.

She met her husband David Payne in Jacksboro, Texas where she was teaching. David was working for the gas company. They were married in 1962 in Jacksboro, Texas and lived in north Texas and Arkansas before settling in Garland, Texas where Nancy taught at Bussey Junior High. She took a hiatus from teaching after her second son Paul was born.

When she returned to work, she taught Math and French at Garland High School. She soon dropped the French and went on to be the chair of the Mathematics Department and a sponsor of the National Honor Society chapter. She retired from Garland High in 2004, over twenty years after she began.

Nancy and David were active in Axe Memorial United Methodist Church in Garland, TX. They loved spending time at the church and socializing with their friends and their Sunday School Class, the Pathfinders. They loved visiting their grandsons in Austin and watching them play sports and other extra curriculum activities.

In her retirement, Nancy loved spending time traveling with David and her friends, antique shopping, reading her Nook, playing solitaire on her phone and doing crossword puzzles in the newspaper.

She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Tubby (Lionel) and Dixie Cave, by her brother Billy Mac Cave, and her son Paul Payne. She is survived by her husband David, her son Kelly and his wife Cindy and her grandsons Josh and Tyler. She is also survived by her brother Bobby Cave and his wife Teresa (Winterrowd) Cave.

Nancy will be laid to rest in the Cave family plot in Ennis. There will be a small private service at the gravesite for the immediate family only.

When societal norms return, the family will hold a Memorial Service in Garland, Texas and celebrate Nancy’s life.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association.