Sonja Charlene "Sunny" Payden
February 9, 1942  -  January 18, 2019

Sonja Charlene "Sunny" Payden

Memorial Service
Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel
2405 Woodland Ave
Coffeyville, KS  67337
Saturday, January 26, 2019
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Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery
2000 Woodland Ave.
Coffeyville, KS  67337
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Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice
313 South Market Street
Wichita, KS  67202

Sonja Charlene(Sunny) Payden age 76 passed away on January 18, 2018 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center with her family by her side.

Sonja was born on February 9, 1942 in Coffeyville to Noel Rufus and Madeleine Blanche (Mosteller) Mayfield. She attended local Coffeyville Schools. Right out of school she met Emerald Dale Payden and the couple was united in marriage on February 17, 1958. Sonja found employment with the Caney Box Factory, she was the floor manager at TG&Y, she was manager for KFC, and she was night clerk for the Townsman Motel, her greatest career was raising her children. Sonja loved being a mother and a wife and when the grandchildren started arriving her joy only tripled. She was the glue that bonded the family together, a true matriarch, the one everybody turned to. But they also knew she wouldn’t think twice about lining one of them out. Sonja enjoyed reading,camping, bowling, ice skating, swimming, and crocheting. She not only enjoyed crocheting, she was very skilled in the art and made afghans for everyone. It was part of her nature, she always worried about everybody. Sonja had a house at Grand Lake and she loved the times spent there.

Sonja’s memories will live on through her children, Emerald Douglas Payden his wife Donna, Noel Richard, Jeffrey Dale his significant other Lori, brother, William
David Mayfield his wife Jami, sisters, Patricia Marie Ervin, Carol Ann “Kay” Boswell and Sondra Felts Mayfield, 14 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren.

She now rests with her parents, her husband Emerald Dale Payden, son, Ronald Ray Payden, daughter, Rhonda Gay Follis, brothers Clifford Dale and Robert Leroy Mayfield, sisters Betty June Lowder and Clara Jean Davis.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel with Chaplain Keith Springer and Steven Foraker with Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice officiating. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be made payable to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and they may be sent in care of the Chapel. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit


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  1. Debra Baldwin
    Coffeyville, KS

    I just now found out about Sunny passing. I worked for her at KFC many years ago. I absolutely loved her. She was such a great boss, person , friend. Always so kind and happy to see me when I would run into her. She will always be one of my favorite people. She will be missed.

  2. Mary
    , KS

    To the family, my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Please find comfort in the knowledge that God promises to put an end to all the things that have plagued mankind for centuries including pain, suffering and death (Revelation 21:3,4). May these promises from God give you comfort now and real hope for the future. My deepest sympathy.

  3. Tami Payden
    Neodesha, KS

    My thoughts and prayers are with all the family today. Sunny was a great mother in law. We had so many good times together. God bless all of her children and grandchildren. I know she loved everyone very much. I miss her little quirks. God bless you. Tami

  4. Bruce felts
    Joplin, MO

    Our thoughts are with your family



  6. Marge Keys
    Coffeyville, KS

    So sorry for your loss. Sonny was a very special lady! Prayers for all of you!

  7. Sandy Peyton
    Moline, KS

    Prayers to the family. Sunny taught me so much and never took sides. She was an awesome grandma and my 2 kids thought the world of her. She taught me to crochet and even if it looked bad she still cheered me on. Peanut will miss her dearly. Nothing but love and respect for Ms Sunny

  8. Michael
    Coffeyville, KS

    Doug, I am so sorry for your families loss. Though I did not know your mother, I can tell by reading her obituary that she was a fine person, respected, and loved by her whole family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  9. Doug And Carol Mayfield
    Owasso, OK

    We will miss you RIP prayers for the family Dou and Carol

  10. Linda Hills
    Nampa, ID

    So sorry. Loved this lady very much. Prayers to you all

  11. Patricia A Upton

    Sorry to hear about Sunny, But I know she's in a better place with God,and she's not hurting anymore. God Bless the Family.

  12. Debbie Bigham
    Bartlesville, OK

    To the Payden family, Sunny was a great mother-in-law, great woman, and great friend. She taught me how to crochet, however I had to sit facing her because I was left handed. Eventually, I learned. I’m glad I had the privilege to know this great woman who is loved by so many. Sincerely

  13. Kristi and Jeff
    Blanchard, OK

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May you feel God’s peace. Love to all.

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