Easter Mae Paynter of Cleveland went home to be with the Lord Friday, June 27, 2014.
She was born on June 1, 1949, in Davin, W.Va. She was the much loved and cherished youngest daughter of George E. and Nora L. Paynter.
She lived in West Virginia, Ohio, Tennessee, Florida and Virginia. She graduated from Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Ohio, attended Lee University, and sang with the Ladies of Lee Choir from Lee University.
For most of her adult life, she was employed by the Bradley Memorial/Sky Ridge Hospital. Upon retirement she worked part time at the Surgery Center. She was a member of North Cleveland Church of God in Cleveland.
Her greatest loves were her relationship with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, spending time with children of all ages, ministering to others, and supporting ministries to spread the gospel. She also had a great love of music.
Reading the Bible and other inspirational literature was very much a part of her life. She listened to gospel music, and she herself had an excellent voice, and loved singing in church and for family and friends.
She always looked forward to the Sisters’ Annual Reunion, with her seven sisters and two sisters-in-law. Teaching a preschool Sunday school class was a special delight. Her work at the hospital and the Surgery Center brought her meaningful fulfillment.
Now, she is walking intimately with Jesus, special family members, and loved ones on streets of pure gold, and singing with the heavenly host.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Nora Livingston Paynter; her father, George Elbridge Paynter; her older brother, Kenneth Noel Paynter; a nephew, Britt Owen Trenum; and great-nephew, Gilbert Allen Austin Trenum III.
She will be sadly missed by one brother, Floyd (Donna) Paynter of Buxton, Maine; seven sisters: Myra (Ruther) Turner of Cleveland, Fonn (Lawrence) Durham of Lexington, Ky., Gayle (Jack) Brandenburg, of South Lebanon, Ohio, Sarah Rebecca Griessmann of Cleveland, Iris Jane Snyder of Lebanon, Blenda (Gilbert) Trenum of Maysville, W.Va., and Elizabeth (Carl) Lewis of Dalton, Ga.; a sister-in-law, Judy Paynter of South Charleston, Ohio; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends who loved and cherished her dearly.
The Remembrance of Life service will be held Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at 3 p.m. from the North Ocoee Chapel of Jim Rush Funeral Homes, with Pastor Mitch Maloney officiating.
Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens with nephews serving as casketbearers.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, before the service at the funeral home.
You may share your condolences and your memories with the Paynter family at www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.