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Miriam Lourdes (Burke) Payne, a 50-year resident of Colorado Springs, left for paradise on October 26, 2016, surrounded by loved ones. Miriam was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on February 12, 1939 to Martin and Alice (Kroner) Burke. She had twin brothers, Jerry and Martin Burke, and a sister Mary Alice (Burke) McConnell, all of whom preceded her in death.

She is survived by her loving husband, Robert E. Payne, whom she met while he was stationed in Los Alamos, New Mexico. They married on February 28, 1960 in Amarillo, Texas. She is also survived by her son, Michael (Becky) from Fountain, Colorado; her daughter, Elizabeth (Cat) Forbes from Winnipeg, Canada; and youngest son, Patrick (Lisa) from Chaska, Minnesota. Miriam was also blessed with four grandchildren: Brandy Taylor (Travis), Hayley, Meghan, and Nicholas; and one great-grandchild, Sarah. Cremation by Shrine of Remembrance Funeral Home with private services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Miriam’s memory to the National Mill Dog Rescue, 5335 J D Johnson Road, Peyton, CO 80831 or a charity of choice.

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