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Mary Margaret Payton

December 18, 1962 — May 4, 2023

La Porte City

Mary Margaret Payton


Mary Margaret Payton was born December 18, 1962, in Waterloo, the daughter of Richard and Inez (Hooser) Rice. She graduated from Waterloo East High School in 1981. Mary married Richard Payton on June 5, 1981, in Waterloo. She was employed with John Deere in Continuous Improvement for 22 years, until her retirement in 2022. At work, Mary was known as “Mar Bear”. She enjoyed traveling, cooking and gardening. Mary was a loving wife, mother and loved her grandchildren dearly.


Mary passed away on May 4, 2023, at UnityPoint Health – Allen Memorial, at the age of 60. She is preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Rick, Chuck and Wayne Rice and a sister-in-law, Diane Rice. Mary is survived by her husband, Richard of La Porte City; three sons, Joshua (Alecia) Payton of Waterloo, Kyle (Laura) Payton of Nashville, Tennessee and Andy (Abbie) Payton of Waterloo; six grandchildren, Macie and Isabelle Payton, MaKenna Hemmen, Savanah, Jaymeson and Acelyn Payton; a brother, Dan (Kim) Rice of Washburn; a sister, Barb (Shane) Kendrick of Dike and a sister-in-law, Lori Rice of Waterloo.


Memorials may be directed to American Cancer Society at


Visitation: Tuesday, May 9, 2023, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories, 965 Home Plaza, Waterloo.


Funeral Service: Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at 10:30 at Orchard Hill Church, 3900 Orchard Hill Dr., Cedar Falls.


Burial to follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery.

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Past Services


Tuesday, May 9, 2023

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Parrott & Wood Chapel Of Memories

965 Home Plaza, Waterloo, IA 50701

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

10:30 - 11:30 am (Central time)

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