Deborah “Deb” Kathryn Payton
June 23, 1949 – March 10, 2021
Deborah “Deb” Kathryn Payton, 71, of Omaha, Nebraska, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2021.
Deb was born on June 23, 1949 to Robert and Marie Gilbertson in Parkston, South Dakota. Deb and her family moved to Perry, Iowa in 1954. After graduating from Perry High School in 1967, she went on to study at Northwest Missouri State University and later graduated from the University Nebraska-Omaha with a degree in elementary education.
She taught elementary school in Omaha Public Schools for seven years. She left the education field in 1982 to pursue a career in sales which aligned greatly with her god given strengths. She spent the early part of her sales career in pharmaceuticals and other healthcare related companies. The last part of her sales career was the one she loved most as Nebraska’s “Beanie Baby Queen”. As the wholesale rep for Ty Inc. in Nebraska, she had great joy in not only selling the product at the height of its popularity, but more importantly, she was able to help small, family-owned gift shops, pharmacies, and other stores throughout the entire state have business success that was previously unimaginable. Always a teacher at heart, she kept her teaching license current throughout her career and after retiring from sales, she loved being a substitute teacher in OPS for many years until her health prevented her from working.
Deb married her high school sweetheart, Jerry Payton, on December 24, 2001. They resided at Lake Panorama at Panora, Iowa until 2015 when they moved to Omaha. Deb was always the life of the party and enjoyed hosting many gatherings and holidays at her homes. Her philosophy was the more the merrier. Even if that included total strangers at Thanksgiving or Easter; there was always a place at her table. She loved cheering (or should we say yelling) at the many sports activities of her children and grandchildren. You would always know when she was in the gym or at the ball field. She made a brief coaching debut when the boys were younger and made quite the impression on the kids she coached.
She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren with many memories of crafts, fishing, boating, driving around in a golf cart, and grilling out. She would also sing to the kids, her favorites included “Ink A Dink A Do”, “She’ll be Coming Around the Mountain”, and “Madgalena Hagdalena”. Her grandkids would scream with delight as she would seem to do it at just the right time. Finally, the flower sales, the legendary flower sales she would host in her driveway every year the week prior to Mother’s Day. It was always one of her favorite weeks of the year seeing all her family, friends, and neighbors have the joy and appreciation for incredible spring and summer flowers to decorate outdoor living areas.
Deb was preceded in death by parents; husband, Jerry Payton; brother-in-law, James Bond. She is survived by sons, Todd Mosser (Kari), of Lincoln, NE, Matt Mosser (Jennifer), Mitch Mosser (Samantha) all of Omaha; eight grandchildren: Lauren, Charlie, Brinley of Lincoln, Max, Dane, Neal, Major, and Maddux of Omaha; sister, Glennys Bond; niece, Stephanie Moore (Scott); grandnieces, Caroline and Annabelle Moore, Kansas City, Kansas; and many more family members and friends.
The family requests that all flowers and notes be sent to Heafey Hoffman Dworak Cutler, 7805 West Center Road, Omaha, Nebraska, 68124. There will be a private family service. Memorials will be directed by the family.
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