Denise L. Payne of Winamac, IN

Denise L. Payne of Winamac, IN went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 2, 2020.  She was born on July 20, 1974 in Knox, IN.  On October 31, 2014, Denise married Rodney S. Payne in Plymouth, IN.  She was fondly known to family and friends at “Nikki” or “One East Denise”. 


Denise was extremely active at New Beginnings Church in Winamac where she enjoyed teaching Sunday school.  She dedicated her life to serving the Lord and others.  Denise had a contagious smile and laugh that lit up the room.  She never met a stranger and was full of kindness. 


Denise worked as a CNA at Pulaski Memorial Hospital and was a loving caregiver to her patients.  She never sat down during a shift!  Denise had a great sense of humor and loved a good practical joke (just ask her co-workers!). 


The most important part of Denise’s life was her family.  She was a loving and devoted wife, mom, foster mom, and grandma.  Denise will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.  Our loss is Heaven’s gain. 


She is survived by:

Rodney S. Payne, Winamac, IN Husband

Alyshia (Karl) Rebeck, Winamac, IN Daughter

Alexis Wireman, Hamlet, IN Daughter

Josh Wireman, Winamac, IN Son

Raelynn Payne, Plymouth, IN Step Daughter

One beloved foster daughter

Madison “Maddy” Carter, Granddaughter

Ziya Wireman, Granddaughter

Zander Wireman, Grandson

One grandson on the way

Rev. Samuel and Debra Clemons Humphries, Carrollton, GA Parents

Keith Dollahan, Knox, IN Biological Father

Carey (Mark) Acord, Mt. Zion, GA Sister

Amanda (Brooks) Proctor, Carrollton, GA Sister

7 Nieces and Nephews:  Jacob, Samuel, Jordan, Uriah, Paris, Briylee, and Kynlee

Cleary Clemons, Knox, IN Maternal Grandma

Rick and Rita Payne, Winamac, IN Dad-in-law and Mom-in-law

Rick (Heather) Payne, Gallatin, TN Brother-in-law

Randy (Kim) Payne, Winamac, IN Brother-in-law

7 Nieces-in-law and Nephews-in-law: Sydney, Kane, Jacob, Kaleigh, Shae, Ebyn, and Jaydin

Monna Lou Luttrell, Winamac, IN Grandma-in-law


Preceded in death by:

JR Dollahan, Brother

Emily McGee, Niece

Phyllis Dollahan, Paternal Grandmother

Dean Dollahan, Uncle





Visitation will be from 2-8 PM EST Friday, March 6, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EST Saturday, March 7, 2020 at New Beginnings Family Fellowship Church in Winamac, IN. with Rev. Brent Smith and Rev. Samuel Humphries officiating. 


Burial will take place at Winamac Cemetery in Winamac, IN. 


Memorial Contributions may be made to New Beginnings Family Fellowship Church in Winamac, IN.


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Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

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