Patricia Gail (Lester) Payne

Patricia Gail (Lester) Payne of Bucyrus passed away surrounded by family and close friends on March 19, 2021, after her hard-fought battle with cancer.  Gail was born to the late Homer C. and Vinnie F. (Stilwell) Lester on November 10, 1960, in Richlands, Virginia.  On July 4, 2008, she married her long-time love, Cecil H. Payne, who survives.  Gail is survived by her son, Michael (Jennifer) Payne and brothers, Roger (Rollinda) Lester, Gary (Regina) Lester and Danny (Sharon) Lester and brother-in-law Ray (Sherry) Payne of Barbourville, KY, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.  She was preceded in death by sisters, Shirley Lester (infant) and Brenda Edwards of Virginia and brothers Dennis Lester (infant) and James C. Lester of Phoenix, Arizona as well as a niece, Susan E. Gibson.

She lived in Vansant, VA until her family moved to Bucyrus, Ohio in 1966.  She graduated from Bucyrus High School in 1979.  She most recently worked at PTI and formerly worked for many years as kitchen manager for the Moose and manager at Walmart.

Her love for her family and friends was great.  She was giving, always willing to help family and friends.  She loved traveling to Virginia, Arizona, and Pennsylvania to see her family.  She loved motorcycle rides with Cecil and her friends.

Gail’s family will receive visitors at Munz Pirnstill Funeral Home on March 24, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Services will be held at 6:00 p.m. with Bishop Ted Thomas officiating.  The family suggests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society and expressions of sympathy can be left at

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