Shirley K. Payton


Shirley K. Payton passed peacefully Monday at the age of 95 having enjoyed long and rich life.

Shirley was born 3/14/1927 in Winthrop, Mass as Shirley Kummins. She grew up in Winthrop with her 2 siblings, Donny and Robbie, and graduated from Winthrop High in 1945. At 23, she met William Payton (Billy) whom she married and moved to the greater Providence area raising a family of four children together.

Her rich life was filled with loving friends and devoted family. After losing her husband Billy at the age of 43, she devoted herself to raising her children.

As her children grew up and left the house, she spent time volunteering and giving to others, including Cub Scouts, Make A Wish, Temple Beth-El Sisterhood and a lifetime member of Hadassah. Shirley also was fortunate to travel, and her travels took her from Mexico, Canada, Turkey, Jordan and multiple visits to Israel.  No matter where she went, Shirley always had a quick wit and sharp sense of humor to make those around her laugh.

She is survived by her brother, Donald in Florida, her children, Lois Payton in Cranston, Amy Ouzen in Israel, Fran Bratcher in Naples, Florida, Harvey Payton in Clinton, Conn. She is also survived by four grandchildren Sarah, Maya, Tomer and Vickie and 2 great grandchildren Gavin and Tony.

In lieu of flowers, she preferred that donations can be made to the Make A Wish Foundation, Hope Health Hulitar Hospice Center, Temple Beth-El or your favorite charity. Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in Shalom Memorial Chapel, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston, RI. To view a recording of the service, please Click Here.

Meeting ID: 867 0156 7828

Passcode: 618398

Shiva will be held Wednesday 4/27/22  4:00- 8:00PM at Shalom Apartments, 2 Shalom Drive, Warwick, RI and Thursday 4/28/22 4:00- 8:00 PM at Harvey & Lori Payton’s, 6 Kingfisher Lane, Clinton, CT  06413. Due to Covid, the family requests that all visitors test negative for covid and wear a mask.


  1. Harvey, Fran, Amy and Lois
    Sending all my love and condolences to you all at this time. I am still in Fl so will unfortunately miss the funeral and shiva but my thoughts are with you all.
    This pic of your mom is perfect! Just how I remember her. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed bumping into her in stores and we would always have a great chat.
    Again, my sympathies.
    Love, Cheryl

    • Amy
      May 14, 2022

      thank you Cheryl. I appreciate your kind words. she was quite a woman and we were blessed for many years…

  2. Harry Payton
    Apr 26, 2022

    Shirley: Thanks for all the wonderful memories of family in your home. And thanks for being a pal to my mother.

    Rest in peace.


  3. Donna Broman Goldstein
    Apr 26, 2022

    Dear Amy… I send my sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your mother. I have good memories of getting together as school friends at your home in Cranston. Your mother was very kind. Thinking of you and sending caring thoughts.
    Donna Broman Goldstein

    • amy
      May 14, 2022

      Thank you, Donna,
      That was very kind of you to respond and touching that you had such fond memories to share.
      Hope you and your family are well.
      She was a lucky woman to have lived such a long healthy, full life.
      A real blessing for us all.

  4. Roberta & Jerry Roth
    Apr 27, 2022

    We are so sorry for your loss.
    Shirley was a special lady.
    Jerry and Shirley always got in touch with each other to send birthday wishes since their birthdays were 6 days apart.
    She will be missed.
    Sending love

    May 8, 2022

    I met Shirley when I was a teenager at my father’s gas station. Her Husband, Billy was a customer and would come in with the family on occasion. Life has many experiences he was one of them. As I got older and of dating age , they arranged for me to escort a young lady for the evening. I must say it was a very pleasant evening. My condolences.

    • Harvey Payton
      May 19, 2022


      Thank you for your kind words. I remember almost every interaction at the station. It was our Saturday AM routine. While waiting for an oil change my dad and I would always have to stroll over to Jake Kaplans and kibbitz. I have such fond memories of you, Steve, your dad and uncles. It was what we did on Saturdays. Thank you for the trip down memory lane.

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