Mary E. Jayne, age 89, died June 6, 2019 at Scotland County Care Center in Memphis, Missouri.

The daughter of Harry and Esther (Bell) Traphoner she was born August 26, 1929 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.

She attended public school in Philadelphia and graduated from Frankfort High School. She then attended business college and went on to be employed by the largest legal firm in Philadelphia. She started in the secretarial pool and then advanced to be an administrative assistant/secretary of a junior legal partner.

She was a hostess at a USO club and there met Harold M. Jayne who was in the U.S. Air Force. After a two year courtship they married October 17, 1953. As she followed her husband’s military and public service career she lived in Washington, DC; Arlington, VA; St. Paul, MN; Charlestown, WV; and Winchester VA.

She ultimately moved to Memphis, MO and has resided there for 36 years.
Mary was very active in her Christian walk of faith. She attended three Methodist, two Episcopal and two Presbyterian churches. She was active in ecumenical bible study and prayer groups. She spent much of her life in careful study of the bible and related materials. A primary focus of her life was her Christian calling and the promise of eternal life.

Mary was a devoted mother to three sons; David M. Jayne of Kirksville, MO, Thomas M. Jayne, MD of Waynesboro, VA, and Mark R. Jayne of Memphis, MO. She also leaves a daughter in-law, Laura Jayne. She was a grandmother to six grandchildren: Melissa Propst, Andrew Jayne, Bradley Jayne, Phd., Megan Heil, Whitney Cremeens, and Savannah Jayne. She had seven great- grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by a loving sister, Jane Traphoner.  Jane died in February 2017 at Scotland County Care Center. She was proud of her sister who was a senior employee of a large Philadelphia law firm where she worked for 50 years.

She leaves behind a loving and attentive husband, Harold M. Jayne who continues to reside in Memphis, MO.

Memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church in Memphis and may be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, Missouri 63555.

A memorial service was held Friday afternoon, June 14, 2019, at 2:00 P.M. at the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Joe Doubet officiating. At the end of the service we concluded with inurnment taking place at the Memphis Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the Jayne  family by logging onto Payne’s website at

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.