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Sigrid "Johanna" Payne

October 4, 1935 ~ November 15, 2020 (age 85)


Sigrid “Johanna” Payne, age 85, passed peacefully at home with her family by her bedside on Sunday, November 15, 2020.

Born in Aschaffenburg Germany to Maria and Fritz Baerenz, she was the youngest of six children including three brothers Fritz, Gerhardt and Christian, and two sisters Lotta and Marlies.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, James Edward Payne, daughter Doris Patricia Payne; twin daughter Cynthia Romana (Payne) Fallin and husband James Royce Fallin Jr., and twin daughter Sandra Maria Payne and husband Randal Lane Jordan.

Johanna first came to the United States as a military spouse in September of 1955. Ultimately and after several change of duty station moves, she and her family settled in Albuquerque when her husband, then Chief Warrant Officer James Payne, retired from the United States Army in 1971.

Over 45 years, Johanna built a career as hostess and dining room manager of the Officer’s Club at Kirtland Air Force Base where she received the 377 Services Squadron Civilian of the Quarter and Civilian of the Year in 2001. She also received the Air Force Materiel Command Services Civilian Technician of the Year Award in 2002. Upon her retirement, she was awarded the Combat Support and Community Service award for meritorious service from 1964 to 2009.

She and her husband James Payne were founding members and longtime active supporters of the Edelweiss am Rio Grande (German American Club) of Albuquerque which has served the Albuquerque community for more than 50 years.

A woman of rare elegance, dignity and grace, she will always be remembered for her loving and caring spirit, her warm smile, and her complete devotion to her husband, children, her many friends, her nieces, nephews and extended family and friends in her beloved Germany.

Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, a celebration of life service will be scheduled at a later date. Until then and in lieu of flowers, the family requests that everyone visit her web page and comment and / or leave condolences at

Though her journey on this earth is done, her time in eternal glory has just begun!

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in union with the Messiah Jesus our Lord.

John 5:24-25 “I tell you the solemn truth, the one who hears my message and believes the one who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, but has crossed over from death to life

John 11:25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”

John 3:16 For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name

1 John 5:13 I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

John 1:12 But to all who have received him–those who believe in his name–he has given the right to become God’s children

1 Corinthians 2:9 But as Scripture says: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him.”

Luke 23:43 Jesus told him, “I tell you with certainty, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Readers: please note that you will see a revision below in brackets that was made to fit Johanna's family.
“Your Mother, Your Angel,” By Natasha Jordan
You look back on memories you forgot you had,
And at times you'll smile even though it hurts so bad.

Your mother is a special woman, and no one can take her place.
You'll find a peace of mind when you remember her smiling face.

Your mother is an angel now; she flies high above the rest,
And in your hearts always and forever she will be the best.

She has earned her wings, and it's time for her to fly.
I know it hurts; no one is ever ready to say goodbye.

She knows you do not understand and that you cry at night,
But as you finally drift off to sleep, let her memory hold you tight.

She will be your guardian angel through the rest of your life,
Helping lead you on the path between what's wrong and right.

Your mother loves you so very much, and her love will always remain true.
Please don't ever think for a second that your mother will forget you.

A mother's love is like no other in the whole world,
And she has the most wonderful memories of a little boy and girl.
                                                                        [her three little girls.]

She has taken them with her as she's flown away,
Up to Heaven free of pain, which is her new home to stay.

So although you cannot see her and you wish she could be there,
Your mother can always hear you, and your mother will always care.

A mother does not forget the two greatest loves of her life,
And she loved nothing more than being your mommy and your daddy's wife.

She is so proud of her family, and that's in her heart to stay,
Even though she's an angel and has had to fly away.

So as you cry your tears, remember your mother's love
Being sent to you from her, from the beautiful Heaven above.

She will be there through your good times; she will be there through your bad.
She'll be there when you are happy, she'll be there when you're sad.

Your mother has become an angel now; it is her time to fly,
And you will never know how badly it hurt me to watch you have to say goodbye.
Daniels Family Funeral Services
3113 Carlisle Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

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