Mayzell Claudine Payne Stuart of Salem, Arkansas, daughter of Joseph Wheeler Payne and Ninetta (Carrol) Payne, was born August 31, 1917, in Temple, Oklahoma and departed this life February 27, 2018 at Southfork Therapy and Living Center in Salem at the ago of 100 years, 5 months and 27 days.
She was united in marriage to the late Cecil Taylor Stuart on April 4, 1936, in Union, Arkansas, who preceded her death on March 10, 2011. Mayzell spent her life as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was happiest when she was with her children and grandbabies. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Salem. Mayzell was one of the first employees of the Fulton County Hospital where she worked as a nurse aide and assisted in labor and delivery, and later worked at the Holiday Inn in West Plains, Missouri. Her hobbies included gardening and she loved flowers.
Mayzell is survived by two sons, Darrell Stuart and wife Jeanett and Jerry Stuart and wife Ruby, all of Salem; 11 grandchildren, Rick Pate, Connie Pate, Angi Smith, Mark Pate, Marla Long, Cecil Stuart, David Stuart, Milissa Mabe, Tina Pendergrass, Deborah Blotner and Patricia Oxner; 24 great grandchildren; 23 great-great grandchildren; two sisters-in-laws, Thelma Bryant of Salem and Addie Lou Payne of Florida and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Ninetta Payne; husband of 74 years, Cecil Stuart; daughter, Barbara Pate; son-in-law, Clifton Pate; one great grandson, Marty Wayne Stuart; six brothers, Aubry Payne, Clyde Payne, Verlin Payne, Virgil Payne, Doyle Payne and James Payne; four sisters, Auvey Sanderson, Margret Kinney, Opal Janeski; one infant sister, Zell and one special cousin, Ruth January.
Pallbearers Include: Seth Pate, Jeremy Roberts, Ryne Long, Mitchell Mabe, Jonathan Pendergrass and Logan Stuart
Honorary Pallbearers include: Mason Mabe, Jamie Stuart, Shawn Stuart, Slade Oxner and Brett Stuart
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 3, 2018 beginning at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church in Salem with Bro. Tom Doty officiating. Interment will follow at Salem Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Doty Family Funeral Service of Salem, Arkansas.