Melva Marlene Payment (nee LaPoint), 83, of Sault Ste. Marie, MI passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on July 14, 2020. Melva was born on Drummond Island, MI April 14, 1937.
She was a member of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Melva worked at Lake Superior State University for 25 years in both the food service department and custodial services.
Melva was a witty woman full of spunk, laughter, and jokes. Her greatest joys were spending time with family and playing bingo. She touched the lives of so many people and will be greatly missed.
Melva is survived by her son, Donald (Linda) Payment of South Carolina; five daughters, Carol Benner of Sault Ste. Marie, MI, Sharon (Mark) Porcaro of Sault Ste. Marie, MI, Marlene (Mike) Porcaro of Sault Ste. Marie, Michelle Nalett of Sault Ste. Marie, MI, and Evelyn (Bryan) Buffton of Alabama; daughter in law, Janet (Larry) Payment of Sault Ste. Marie, MI; and special granddaughter, Kelly (Casey) Kleman of Wisconsin, whom she and Pogie raised; as well as fifteen other grandchildren, Bryan and Katelyn Payment, Kimberly (Steve) Criswell, Jason and Ashley Payment, Christopher (Tiffany) Craig, Caleb Porcaro, Douglas (Kayla) Norton, Christin Hatch, Derek and Darren Bouschor, Darcy (Tim) Wright, Scotty and Heather Nalett; 27 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and two sisters in law Marilyn (Richard) Henry of Brighton and Maxine (Melvin) Rautanen of Mount Pleasant.
Melva is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Urban “Pogie” Payment; son, Larry Payment; brother, Melvin Rautanen; sister, Marcy Capriciosso.
Visitation will be Monday July 20, 2020 from 10:00am until 11:45am at Clark Funeral Cremation Burial Services. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday July 20, 2020 at 12:00pm at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church with Father Dominic A. Yamoah officiating.
Final resting place will be Riverside Cemetery.
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