The Curry Coastal Pilot

Marion Louise Payne Ayer

Feb. 27, 1926-Feb. 22, 2014

Marion Louise Payne Ayer, 87, of Harbor, Oregon, went to be with her Savior Feb. 22, 2014.

Marion was born Feb. 27, 1926, in Boston, Mass.

Marion excelled in numerous professional and voluntary positions to include banking, medical, law enforcement, political and spiritual arenas. Her most recent involvement was becoming an assistant to the registrar of Church Birthing Matrix ( This necessitated her personal, intentional involvement in webinar, classroom instruction/training. Marion never stopped learning. In all endeavors Marion made it very clear that her vocation was secondary to her life-long calling to reflect Jesus Christ in all she said and did. In March of 1949, Marion was inducted into the United States Navy. In October 1949 Marion met James A. Payne and in her own words, "It was instant love." They were married in December of the same year. In the early 1980s Marion joined her husband in the entertainment industry. Her stage name was "Daisy" the Clown. James was known as "Tiny" the Musical Magical Clown. Their teamwork brought many smiles to children and adults alike.

In September, 1991, six years following the death of James Payne, Marion married a life-long family friend, Howard C. Ayer. In 1993, Marion achieved licensure from the FCC obtaining her General Class license in Amateur Radio, call letters AE7MA. This was a hobby shared with both James Payne (K6JCR) and Howard Ayer (AA7XQ).

Marion is survived by five daughters: Carol A. Olsen, Betty J. Russell, Susan L. Bruck, Anita L. Borreson, and Wendy J. Pettinger; 20 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of a memorial service, there is a family reunion being planned in Celebration of her life.

Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family.

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Submitted by the family.