Lucille R. Payson

Sep 09, 2019
Lucille Payson

Rockland — Lucille R. Esancy Payson, 96, went home to be with her Lord Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at the Knox Center, following a brief illness.

Born in Rockland July 27, 1923, she was the daughter of Ambrose L. and Doris E. Ulmer Melvin. She was a graduate of Rockland High School, class of 1941, where she was a star basketball and softball athlete.

Lucille was named as Miss Rockland in 1941.

She enjoyed hosting the class of 1941 reunion at her home every year.

On July 13, 1941, she married Laurence I. Esancy. Together they had two children, Gloria and Larry. Mr. Esancy died in 1948. After being blessed with love again, on Nov. 19, 1948, Lucille married Donald E. Payson. They enjoyed a blended family and were blessed in their union with a son, Donald Jr., and daughter, Barbara.

Lucille has long been involved in spreading the message of love, forgiveness and redemption offered by her savior, Jesus. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

She was a member of For His Glory Bible Baptist Church in Union.

Other than her parents and first husband, Laurence, Lucille was predeceased by her second husband, Donald Payson Sr. in 2006; two sons, Laurence I. Esancy in 2014 and Donald Payson Jr. in 2018, as well as a sister, Dorothy Hopkins. She is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Gloria and Jerry Sharp of Rockland, Barbara LaDue and Richard of Hamlin, N.Y.; a daughter-in-law whom she considered a daughter, Linda Esancy, of Rockland; a sister, Faith Reed, and her husband, Sullivan, of Owls Head; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Friends and relatives are invited to visit from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at For His Glory Bible Baptist Church, 92 Butler Road, Union. Pastor Michael Kee will officiate. Interment will follow in Achorn Cemetery, Rockland. A reception will follow at Lucille’s home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841.

To share a memory or story with Lucille’s family, visit their online Book of Memories at

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