After a long battle with cancer Joetta “Jay” Payne passed away in her home on April 12, 2014 surrounded by her family and friend. She is survived by her husband Steve Payne, her father Joseph Viola, her sister Marilyn Maida, her children John Joseph Zito and Jody Lynn Sant, her grandchildren Nicholas Zito, Madison Sant, her step grandchildren, Randall Sant, Elizabeth Sant, Rocco Sant, along with 3 nieces and a nephew, and a great niece and a great nephew. She fought a very hard battle and was brave to the end. She was a very generous, caring and kind woman, she could win over anyone especially her grandchildren. All who knew her and had the pleasure to call her friend will miss her dearly. She left us too soon and not a day goes by that her family will not miss her.
I just learned of Jay’s passing and my heart is heavy. I’ve known her since 3rd grade and we were best friends in high school. She had a beautiful smile and infectious laugh. I had made plans with her last fall to meet when she was in town, but I had to cancel because I had a bad cold at the time, and now I’m feeling very sad about that. Rest in peace my friend. Love you, Lin