Kathryn Louise Payne Player, 72 of Safford passed away November 23, 2018. Kae was born September 16, 1946 in Morenci, Arizona to Glen Z. Payne and Bunnell Layton Payne.
As a child the family lived in Duncan, AZ and Pleasant Grove, Utah but returned to Safford where she graduated from Safford High School in 1964. While attending Eastern Arizona College she met her eternal companion David Player and created a wonderful life together.
They blessed the community and their church by sharing their musical talents. Kae was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many callings in Relief Society, Young Women’s and the Primary organizations and as an organist for almost 60 years. After David’s retirement, they had the opportunity to serve as temple workers in the Mesa and The Gila Valley Temple.
Since David’s passing five years ago her health had been failing and she passed away peacefully at her son’s home surrounded her loving family. We know she’ll miss her family but is now pain free and happy to be reunited with David.
Kae is survived by her children Mike (Tammy) Player of Victoria, Texas, Melissa (Chad) Brackman of Gilbert, Marcy (Brandon) Skinner of Gilbert, Matt (Kristen) Player of Safford and Mark Player of Gilbert; 13 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren; sister-in-law Laurie Player of Globe, AZ and nephew Eric (Ashley) Walker of Thatcher, AZ.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband David, grandson Bryce, son-in-law Scott Ponder, parents Glen & Bunnell Payne, brother Larry Payne and sister-in-law Sammie Thomas.
Viewing will be on Thursday, November 29, 2018. from 6-8:00 p.m. at the McDougal's Caldwell Funeral Chapel and one hour prior to services at the church. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 30, 2018, at the Safford Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Interment will be in the Safford Cemetery.