Trudy Cecelia Quidley Payne

Published 10:43 pm Friday, October 4, 2019

Trudy Cecelia Quidley Payne, 81, of Wanchese, died October 3, 2019 in the company of her family and in the home she had lived for over sixty years.

A native of Dare County, she was born July 19, 1938, to the late Geraldine Daniels and Cornelius Augustus Sutton Quidley.

A faithful member of Wanchese Assembly of God, “Momma Trudy” served her church family in many ways, but her heart’s passion was her three decades of service as the coordinator for the Missionettes.

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In addition to her parents, Trudy was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Corbet Payne; son Rudy Lee Payne; sister Judy Quidley Westphal; and brother Barry Wayne Quidley.

Trudy is survived by daughters Ida “Gerry” Payne Heath and her husband Tim of Wanchese, Camilla Payne Piercy of Wanchese and April Payne LaCount and her husband John of Manteo; grandchildren Daniel Heath and his wife Daphnie, Deborah Heath, April Michelle Pope, Adam Pope, Stephen Piercy, Joshua LaCount, Jacqueline LaCount Smithwick and her husband Hunter, Jessika LaCount and Jillian LaCount; nine great-grandchildren; sisters Pamela Quidley Ells-Johnson and Esther Dellinger, both of Chesapeake, Va.; and special niece and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on October 7 at Wanchese Assembly of God with Rev. John LaCount and Rev. Kenny Midgett officiating. Private burial will take place at Tillett cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives for a viewing and visitation on Sunday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Twiford Colony Chapel.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories can be shared at