Lyndsay Georgette Payne

September  19th, 1956 May  9th, 2024
Georgetown, Texas
Lyndsay Georgette Payne

Do everything in love.
1 Corinthians 16:14


Lyndsay Georgette Payne, 68, passed away peacefully on May 9, 2024 in Georgetown, Texas, after struggling with illness for many years. In her life, Lyndsay dedicated herself to caring; as a nurse, as a mother, and as a generous friend. Despite a life that was often difficult, she leaves behind a legacy of loving easily and fully, bringing kindness and warmth to the lives of all she met.

Lyndsay was born September 19, 1956 in Three Rivers, Texas as Patricia Louise Chandler. She was adopted at birth by Dr. James Gipson and his wife, Nurse Freda, who delivered her. They named her Freda Georgette Gipson, “Junior,” and brought her home to Fort Stockton, Texas. In her youth, Freda played many roles—beauty queen, trombonist, arrowhead hunter—but none so influential to her future as Doctor’s helper. In the hours she spent assisting her parents at their clinic, she developed a passion for caring for others, and decided to pursue medicine.

But shortly before high school graduation, Freda’s father passed unexpectedly. She and her mother struggled greatly with his loss, emotionally and financially. But Freda was undeterred. She put herself through college at Texas Tech University, then Del Mar Nursing School, all while making regular trips back to Fort Stockton to support her mother. In 1981 she achieved her goal of becoming a nurse.

It was at Texas Tech that Freda met her future husband, Alan Payne. They were married in 1978. Nurse Gipson became Nurse Payne—a name she quickly learned did not go over well, and went by Nurse Freda instead. After her mother passed in 1985, Freda decided that she’d been “Junior” long enough and changed her name to Lyndsay. Of all her names, she liked this one most of all.

In 1985, Lyndsay achieved her other greatest wish: becoming a mother. Her son, Tyler, joined their family; then in 1989, so did her daughter, Kelsey.

Lyndsay loved being a mother. She loved it so much that she practically adopted many of Tyler and Kelsey’s friends. Their house was sleepover central for Kelsey’s very loud—seriously, shrieking—group of friends, and Lyndsay loved every minute of it. She was also the first call when Tyler’s crew found themselves in trouble with the law—which happened more often than you might think, given how upstanding they all are now.

When Lyndsay and her family made Austin their new—and long term—home in 1993, they knew almost no one. But Lyndsay had a way of building communities wherever she went. Before long, she had found a vast network of friends, many of whom consider her family. Lyndsay always longed for loving siblings, and eventually she found them in her many ‘sisters-of-the-heart.’

Friends, family, patients, kids, and strangers (aka, soon-to-be-friends) alike knew Lyndsay to be loving, kind, and genuinely interested to know you. And this remained true, even as her health declined. Despite extreme pain and a memory clouded by medication, she often knew just when to ask after a loved one, sing happy birthday via text, or call just to say hi.

Lyndsay joins in death her own parents, James & Freda, as well as her beloved Aunt Bebe, Aunt Mamie, Aunt Doris, & Uncle Lem, and her treasured in-laws June & Gene Payne. Lyndsay is survived by her two children, Tyler & Kelsey, her daughter-in-law, Chrissy, her son-in-law, Ian, her three grandchildren, Emma, Zoe, & Caden, her ex-husband, Alan, her brothers & sisters-in-law, her nieces & nephews, and the many ‘sisters’ that she has gathered over the years. 

A celebration of Lyndsay’s life will be held Tuesday, May 21st at 2pm at the Smith Family Chapel located on the Riverbend Campus, 4214 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78746. A reception at the Riverbend Community Center will follow. All are welcome.

Lyndsay’s ashes will be interred at Remembrance Gardens on the Riverbend Campus.

Please share condolences or memories on the Memory Wall below.

Flowers may be sent to the Smith Family Chapel located on the Riverbend Campus, 4214 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78746. In Lyndsay’s memory, donations may be made to Lyndsay’s Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood by either (1) mailing a check to 8305 Talbot Lane, Austin, TX, 78746 made payable to “Chapter BQ P.E.O.” or (2) sending a Zelle payment to


September 19th
Born in Three Rivers, Texas
Adopted at Birth
Started College
Texas Tech University
Married Alan Payne
Divorced in 2021
Completed Nursing Degree
Del Mar College
Tyler is born
Kelsey is born
Moved to Austin
And made it her home
Became a grandma
GG has three grandkids, and a fourth on the way
May 9th
Passed away peacefully
Georgetown, Texas


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May 22, 2024
Oh, how I loved that beautiful smile. I knew Lyndsay as “Freda” and went to school with her from elementary school through high school, graduating with her from FSHS in 1975! I have wonderful memories of her and the kindness she always showed to everyone. I loved reading about her life as we lost touch long ago. I’m
Thankful she was able to fulfill her dreams of a becoming a nurse, and an adoring mother of two plus the addition of the sweet grandchildren. Thankful you have blessed memories. Sending prayers.
Jeannie Maxey Herman
Jeannie Herman
May 21, 2024
I have known Lyndsay as a treasured "sister of the heart" for many years.
We have celebrated the best of times and supported each other through the most difficult..Lyndsay was the most kind, loving, thoughtful and wise of friends. She touched everyone she met with rays of kindness and warmth, whether in a brief encounter or a lifetime friendship. I grew just by watching her.
Most of all, Lyndsay loved her children and grandchildren with all of her heart. You were the sunshine of her life.
Lyndsay was courageous and strong. No matter how much she hurt or how tired she was she always found time and energy for a visit, text or phone call. I will always miss her beautiful voice asking how everyone else was faring and offering any help or counsel she could..
I will deeply miss Lyndsay in my life as we all will, but find solace in knowing that her beautiful spirit lives on in everyone touched by her loving heart and in this way she will be with us forever.
Sending Condolences and Love to you, her precious children, Tyler and Kelsey,
Chris Hamilton
Chris Hamilton
May 20, 2024
She will be dearly missed. I’m so thankful it’s not goodbye, just see ya later. So grateful to have been her Sun City neighbor. Sending love and prayers of comfort to the family. 🥀🧡🥀

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Monica Turner
May 19, 2024
Dear Kelsey and family:

I am blessed to have met and work with Lyndsay years ago. She was a beautiful person inside and out. She never complained about what was going on in her life. She was positive, courageous and brave in ways I thought could not be possible. I know she is in a place of peace and without pain. I will miss the texts she would send me, always cheerful and positive. Lyndsay, you will forever hold a special place in my heart.
Jennifer Abrams
May 18, 2024
I am so sorry for your loss. I only met Lyndsay a handful of times but each time we ran into each other she greeted as if we had know each other a lifetime. She was gentle and genuine and I will remember her that way. She was a beautiful person. Warm hugs and prayers for strength as you navigate this loss. Much love to you all.
Andrea Hodne
May 17, 2024
I am so sorry for your loss. Lyndsay has been such a sweet neighbor in Georgetown, sharing with me her cats and our mutual love of cats. She talked most often of her children and their children. She will be missed.
Lynne Boughton
May 17, 2024
I cannot even imagine life without dear Lyndsay. I have known her for over 31 years, meeting when Nuala’s, Barbara’s, and our sons were in 2nd grade. She was the sweetest, kindest, most caring and loving, loyal, talented, intelligent, beautiful woman, friend, and sister-of-the-heart! I love and respect her immensely, and will miss our conversations so very much…I always felt so much better after chatting with Lyndsay! Even though she had a tough childhood and suffered with so many health issues and emotional stresses in adulthood, she remained such a courageous trooper and maintained such a wonderful sense of humor. Lyndsay was so very proud of her beautiful, growing family and loved them beyond measure! My heart, love, and deepest condolences go out to Kelsey & Ian, Tyler & Chrissy, and GG’s amazing grandchildren.
SWEET Lyndsay will forever live in our hearts and souls!
Derri H Galton
May 17, 2024
Lyndsay was my 2nd cousin. Her mother being my Great Aunt Freda. I remember knowing her before I knew she was my cousin. She has been on my heart lately. Please accept my condolences on her passing. I've spent time in her home when she arranged for me to come and visit Aunt Mamie and was so blessed to spend time with my beautiful cousin. I will miss her dearly.
Peggy Corbett
May 16, 2024
What a beautiful soul! Our deepest love and sympathies. - the Sandersons
Michael L Sanderson
May 16, 2024
I am one of Kelsey’s many friends whom Lyndsay adopted and whose very loud shrieks she endured, always with the utmost kindness. The Payne house in Lost Creek and the red Suburban she drove us around in are lodged in my memory as places full of love, safety, and comfort, because she made it so. She’d wake up before us and make us the most delicious eggs. She’d pick us up from school with snacks (milk and cookies and chips!). She’d allow us to be our silly, weird little selves, and in doing so encouraged us to bloom into the equally silly and weirdly wonderful women we are today. She was patient, warm, caring, and her heart was so big and beautiful that it made you feel like you could be the best version of yourself—because she always saw the best in you. I am heartbroken to lose her, heartbroken for Kelsey, Tyler, Alan, and the whole family. These last few years, Lyndsay would always text our group of friends during the holidays or when she was thinking of us. Still as bighearted and caring as ever. I am grateful to have some record of the wonderful, joyful woman she was through those sweet messages, and I am even more grateful to have known her and received some of her light. Thank you for everything Mrs. Payne. May you rest easy.
Jenny Zhang
May 16, 2024
Lindsay had a heart of gold 💛
Alway giving to others
A faithful friend
My heart is breaking 💔
Miss you so much
Know you healed now 🙏🏻
Love always to Tyler & Chrissy
Always here for you both ❤️❤️
Linda Smith
May 16, 2024
Dear family and friends
Lyndsay and I didn’t know each other long.
She was my neighbor in Georgetown, and a beautiful soul who reached out.
I look over at her lovely home she made for herself and see the lights dimmed. I will hold dear her friendship and kindness.
She will be missed.
Linda Montgomery


Please join us to celebrate Lyndsay's life. Service will be followed by a reception at the nearby Riverbend Community Center.
Smith Family Chapel
Riverbend Campus
4214 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78746
Tuesday May 21, 2024 at 2pm

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