Myrna Louise Stetson Paye, 96 of Newcastle, passed away at her home on the morning of May 22, 2023. Born on May 9, 1927 in Adrian, Michigan, she was the daughter of Kitti M.Dermyer and James W. Stetson.
She graduated from Adrian High School in 1944, after which she attended Sienna Heights Academy, majoring in fine arts. She graduated from airline training school in Minneapolis and worked for a short period for Continental Airlines.
After the death of her mother in 1946, she moved to Rochester, NY, working for the University of Rochester Cyclotron Lab where she met through a friend, Glenn Paye, who she married on August 29, 1952. While in Rochester, she also worked for Eastman Kodak, Co. and studied voice with Eric Leinsdorf and sang with the Rochester Oratorio Society for five years.
After Glenn’s discharge from the U.S. Air Force, they lived in Tupper Lake, NY, and in 1960 moved to Highland Mills, NY, where they lived until they retired to Maine in 1989. In New York, Myrna and three friends founded the Monroe-Woodbury Garden Club. She studied Ikebana with Toshiho Alden and attended Ikenobo School in Kyoto, Japan.
Myrna had an interest in needle arts from an early age, embroidering her first piece with her mother at the age of four. She attended Elsa Williams School of Needlework for several sessions, and was a member of the Embroiderers Guild of American, ClamShell Quilt Guild and the Crazy Patch Chapter of the Pine Tree Quilters Guild. One of her joys was sharing her stitching knowledge.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Glenn in 2017.
She is survived by her daughter, Glenda Paye; son, Jeff Paye; granddaughter, Melanie Amos; and several nieces and nephews.
A time of visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00pm, on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home in Damariscotta. She will be laid to rest privately with Glenn at the Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Augusta.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543. Condolences, and messages for her family, may be expressed by visiting: www.StrongHancock.com.
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