Sarah Payne Erwin


Mrs. Sarah Payne Erwin, 81, wife of the late Robert W. Erwin Sr. and a resident of Exmore, formerly of Richmond, Va., passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2020, at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Nassawadox. A native of Clifton Forge, Va., she was the daughter of the late Ira Jerome Payne Jr. and the late Elizabeth Snidow Payne.

Sarah earned an RN from the C&O School of Nursing, BS and Masters from MCV-VCU, and retired from Lucy Corr Nursing Home in Chesterfield, Va. She was a member of Painter-Garrison’s United Methodist Church and Emmaus. Sarah always said, “Once a nurse … always a nurse.”

She is survived by her son, Robert W. Erwin Jr., and his wife, Norma, of Cheriton; two sisters, Katherine Young, of Richmond, Va., and Ella Pelletier, of Durham, N.C.; a brother, Ira Jerome Payne III, of New Castle, Va.; eleven grandchildren, Devin Simmons and her husband, Ricky, of Covington, Va., Steven Erwin Jr. and Dillon Erwin, both of Hanover, Va., Joshua Toms, Benjamin Toms-Lucy, Andrew Toms-Lucy, Christian Toms-Lucy, Jonathan Toms-Lucy, Bethany Toms-Lucy, Nathaniel Toms-Lucy, and Caleb Toms, all of Mechanicsville, Va.; a great grandson, Camden Lee William Simmons; and a great granddaughter, Courtney Renee Simmons. She was predeceased by her daughter, Laura Erwin Toms; son, Steven L. Erwin Sr.; and great granddaughter, Carolynne Sue Simmons.

A celebration of life service will be conducted at a later date at Doughty Funeral Home.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Occohannock on the Bay, 9403 Camp Lane, Belle Haven, VA 23306 or Painter-Garrison’s United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 502, Painter, VA 23420.

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Arrangements were made by Doughty Funeral Home in Exmore.