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Mayme Winifred Davis-Payton (neé Burrell), the daughter of the late Wesley and Millicent Burrell, made her transition to be with the Lord At home in Burlington Township, New Jersey, on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at the age of 88.
Mayme was born on November 16, 1935 in Trenton, New Jersey: She was educated in the Trenton Public School System and graduated from Trenton Central High School. She enjoyed a childhood filled with beautiful lifelong memories and friendships that lasted until her last day. One of her favorite pastimes was sitting with her friends and family reminiscing about the good times she had on Bellevue Avenue and Banks Street with her sisters, Joyce and Phyllis and brother, Tony.
Mayme and her family eventually settled on Stuyvesant Avenue where she made a home and welcomed everyone with love.
Mayme was employed by the Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, the Donnelly Hospital, and the City of Trenton working many years as a Crossing Guard stationed on the corner of Prospect Street and Rutherford Avenue. She was also employed by the Trenton Board of Education from which she retired after twenty-five years of service, as a Lunch Aide and Custodian at Joyce Kilmer Elementary School.
Mayme, was blessed to have five children, Yvette, Pamela, David, Kimberly and Sarah, who honored her every day of her life. She had a strong sense of family and an unparalleled love for humanity, borne of her own Christian spirit. Mayme guided, comforted and encouraged each and every life she had the opportunity to influence. Those that knew her will agree that she was a seeker and speaker of the truth and had a special way in which she shared her thoughts with you. Mayme was a beacon of light, a God-fearing Christian Woman, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. She was referred to with love and admiration as Mom, Mrs. Davis, Mother Payton, Budo, Nana Boo, Maymen, and Nanny Boo by her family and loved ones. She enjoyed family gatherings, regardless of the occasion. She especially enjoyed our "family game nights" when we played left-right-center "LRC" and other games. She would prepare for hours the most requested dishes of chitterlings and potato salad.
Mayme was diagnosed with cancer five times throughout her life and was a 50+ year cancer survivor. She looked forward to her weekly trips to the hair salon. When she wasn't reading the Bible she would watch her favorite TV channel "The Game Show Network" watching with excitement, all the re-runs from the 70's and 80's like she had never seen them before. On Sunday's she would cheer on her favorite football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Mayme loved going to Church. She was a proud member of New Salem Baptist Church of Trenton, where she was affectionately known as "Mother Payton". On Sunday's you would find her sitting in the next to the last pew worshipping God and getting her praise on,
She served on the Pastor's Aid Ministry, the Missionary Board, and the Pastor's Anniversary Committee until her health began to fail.
During her younger years she was an active member of the Order of Eastern Star Zipporah Chapter 12 and Daughters of Isis.
In addition to her parents, Mayme was predeceased by her son David Davis, granddaughter Dawn Deal, grandson Dwayne Gerald, her sisters, Phyllis Burrell and A. Joyce Williams.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her four daughters Yvette Goolsby of Milton, FL; Pamela Haughton (Ronald) of Delran, NJ; Kimberly Gerald of Burlington, NJ (her care giver, with whom she lived); Sarah Davis (Howard) of Valdosta, GA; one brother Anthony Burrell (Sharon) of Neptune, NJ; twelve grandchildren, Keshia Rupp (Stephan), Duwana Johnson (Truman), Davohn Davis, Michelle Walker (Donnie), Jenele Davis, Kelli Davis (Kimyatta), Monique Warren (Eric), Derrick Davis, Monet Gerald, David Davis, David Russomano, and Renee Thomas; Fourteen great-grandchildren, Kaitlin, Kelsea, Logan, Alivia, Jaxon, Khari, Camille, Janyia, Alayah, Davohn Jr., Adanya, David, Cianna, and Kenyan; many nieces, nephews, cousins & friends. Mayme also acknowledged a "special love" for Sarah Innis, her two "special sons" Maurice Owens and Rev. Ernest Wormley Jr., her friends from Prospect Village, the New Salem Baptist Church family, and the New Horizon Baptist Church family.
Funeral service will be 11am Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at New Salem Baptist Church, 316 Union St., Trenton, NJ 08611. Calling hours will be 9am until the time of service. Interment will be at Colonial Memorial Park Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home.