Ermine June "Tuty" Biester Payne

September 30, 1926 - May 6, 2016
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Ermine June Biester Payne passed away May 6, 2016. She was born September 30, 1926, to parents Margaret (Stephenson)and Channing Turner Biester of Belvidere, Illinois. On March 13, 1946 in Belvidere IL, she was married to William Nelson Payne of Danville, Virginia, when he returned from Pacific duty with the US Marine Corps. Her husband predeceased May 6, 1991, and Ermine left to join him, leaving their children Sherry Payne of Smyrna GA, Scott (Dianne) Payne, Sheboygan WI and Polly (Steve) Carter, Roscoe, IL; grandchildren, Roy Mertz, Rachel Payne (Ryan) Kibbe, William S. Payne, Abby Winquist (Charlie) Huckleberry and Julie Winquist (Jared) Kauffman; step-grandchild, Jason (Laura) Lorier, great grandchildren, Alexandra Skye and Jesse Mertz, Emma, Jackson and Audrey Huckelberry and Olive Elanora Kauffman,Kelly (Jim) Duncan, Craig (Leah) Carter; step-great-grandchildren, William and Caitlyn Lorier,Kylie and Kendall Duncan, Wyatt and Colton Carter. Ermine’s parents and her one brother Kenneth preceded her in death. Ermine and Bill worked for many years in Rockford before moving to Florida. Ermine worked at Wilson Electric, Mott Bros., Rock Valley College before retiring in April 2008. Ermine was a member of Colonial Dames 17th Century and Daughters of American Revolution and held offices in both organizations. She volunteered at Ida Public and Cherry Valley Libraries, and RSVP. Ermine enjoyed playing bridge with several area groups, and was an avid quilter. She was happy to find her ancestor Elder William Brewster of the Mayflower and Mary Barrett Dyer whose statue is in Boston.

The family would like to give a special Thank you to Heartland Hospice for the care and compassion that was given to Ermine.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 9th 2016, at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be made to family for a memorial to be established at a later date. To light a candle or share a condolence, please visit


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Date: Monday, May 9, 2016

Time: 2:00 pm -

Pending with Anderson Funeral and cremation Services: Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Chapel


218 W. Hurlbut, Belvidere, IL, 61008

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Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 9th 2016, at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008

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Born: September 30, 1926
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Jack Collins posted on 5/7/16

Sherry, Scot, Polly my condolences and prayers are with you all. I still think of all the great and fun times we had with your mother and father.


Patricia Cox posted on 5/7/16

Remembering your lively energy and enthusiasm for any project or group you were in! We will miss you greatly!


Linda Brown posted on 5/8/16

What a delightful lady. She will be missed.


Sally Von Bruenchenhein posted on 5/8/16

I will always remember our Genealogy trips together with the Lake County Group. Especially our "Tail-Gate Lunches."


Margie & Jerry Schoemer posted on 5/9/16

Scott & Dianne and Sherry & Polly, Please accept our sympathy in the loss of your mother. She was a very special lady, and has given you many wonderful memories to treasure. Those memories will always warm your heart and bring a smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Diane Kuehl posted on 5/9/16

It is interesting that Tuty's very full life would pass during the Mother's Day week as Tuty practiced qualities that made an amazing Mother. She was full of energy, knowledgeable in many areas, willing to commit time and leadership to her interests and especially generous with sharing her talents. I personally learned many things from Tuty in our participation in the local Colonial Dames organization, but I will miss mostly her terrific sense of humor and honor. She is already missed.


Megan White posted on 5/14/16

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am grateful that I got a chance to get to know Tudy, and I will miss our visits.


Catherine Gibson Lewis posted on 5/20/16

I was so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. I still remember some of the Stephenson family gatherings when we were younger and have wonderful memories of you and your parents. Sending you love from the Stephenson side...