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Jocelyn Langhofer (Payton)

Jocelyn Langhofer (Payton)

Jocelyn Rose Payton

August 30, 1951 ~ October 24, 2020 (age 69)

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Jocelyn Rose Payton, 69, passed away at 12:01 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at Darden Homes in South Bend, IN. She was born on August 30, 1951 in Wichita, KS, to Al and Judy (Young) Langhofer, both of whom preceded her in Eternal life.

On March 27, 1971 at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, KS, Jocelyn married Richard Ernest Payton III, who preceded her in Eternal life on November 12, 2007.

Jocelyn is survived by her children: Dr. Chris (Dana) Payton of Edwardsburg, MI; Angela Payton of Mishawaka, IN; and Mike (Amber) Payton of El Dorado, KS; eight grandchildren, Kaylie (Deandre) Baker, Cora and (Devon) Johnson, Zach, Nalea, Haley, Hunter, Taylor and Alexandra; seven great-grandchildren, Jada, Aaliyah, Preston, Jeremiah, Andre, Mackenzie, Davon Johnson III; sisters, Melinda (Rocky) Giltner of Bluffton, IN, and Mary (Bruce) Stoller of Princeville, IL; brothers, Dr. Martin (Lavilla) Langhofer of South Bend, IN; Erik (Cindy) Langhofer of Phoenix, AZ; and Bob (Misty) Langhofer of Goddard, KS; and sister-in-law, Jeanne Langhofer of Wichita, KS. In addition to her parents and husband, Jocelyn was preceded in Eternal life by her brother, Steve Langhofer.

Jocelyn was raised in a Christian home and came to have a relationship with Jesus at an early age.  Her love for Jesus was evident in everything that she did, even when her health was failing.  Anyone who met her could tell that she was different because of the love of Jesus that she shared with them. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, and caring grandmother. 

Jocelyn was employed as a secretary at Cessna/Boeing for more than 30 years before retiring early due to restrictions with her multiple sclerosis. This did not keep her down though, as she also was a professional cake decorator, and there were many memories of the wonderful aroma of freshly baked goods that filled the house. She also enjoyed serving as a vocalist for any function—she had a passion for singing and her memory of old hymns were always with her.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Paul and his home care team at Darden Place, for their excellent care and attention to Jocelyn over the past 10 years. They are extremely grateful for the love that his team has shown to Jocelyn and her family in the care they provided for her. 

A memorial service for Jocelyn will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at The Apostolic Christian Church, 1202 S. Lulu Street, Wichita, KS.  A private interment of Jocelyn’s ashes will occur with her family present, at Resthaven Cemetery in Wichita, KS.  Palmer Funeral Home—Hickey Chapel in South Bend, IN, is assisting the family with arrangements.

In lieu of floral arrangements and in memory of Jocelyn, please send donations to The Darden Place, 20907 Darden Road, South Bend, IN 46628.

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04/26/19 06:08 PM #1    

Gail Williams

Jocelyn lived about 2 blocks from me. I remember going to her house to listen to a musical broadcast that was a homework assignment, because we didn’t have an FM radio and her family did. I know she was diagnosed with MS in the late 1970s. Sorry to know she is no longer with us. 

04/27/19 02:21 PM #2    

Debra Hossfeld (West)

Jocelyn and I had a lot of business/clerical classes together. We had a lot of fun and I have fond memories of her. Debbie

04/28/19 04:49 PM #3    

Debbie Nassif

God Rest Her Soul

04/29/19 11:15 AM #4    

Meredythe Ricker (Kimbrough)

Wow-we went to Pleasant Valley together and I think even may have been in Brownies together and then North.  Did not know about the MS.  She always had that great smile and wonderful laught.  A very positive person.  I know she is missed. 

11/01/20 02:03 PM #5    

Karen Stephenson (Tiede)

I’m so sorry to hear of Jocelyn’s poor health and recent passing!  We were close in high school and she was so sweet and a great sense of humor!  We lost track of each other after high school but I have fond memories of her!  I look forward to reuniting with her in heaven!  See you later, Jocelyn!


11/11/20 08:43 PM #6    

Judy Wallace (Carter)

I remember her as always smiling and friendly.  We didn't stay in touch after high school, but several years later I happened to see her at the Better Book Room and she immediately broke into a big smile and we had a wonderful "catch up" conversation just as though no time had passed.  I am so sorry to hear of her passing but, I know we will meet again in Heaven and she will have that beautiful smile.

11/30/20 11:37 AM #7    

Hazel Lash (Atherton)

Jocelyn and I hung out together quite a bit at North.  We also had several classes together.  She was always so easy to be around, always felt comfortable with her.  I ran into her at Dillons many years ago, and she was just starting to have symptoms from the MS. I've thought of her throughout the years and so sorry she is gone.  But, I know I'll see her again.  Thanks for all the good times, Jocelyn!

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