On Sunday afternoon Sept. 2, 2007, Sonya Gayle Hill Payne, 38, left this life to be with her Lord and Savior.

For the last year she fought a valiant fight against breast cancer. Wife, mother, aunt and friend to all, Sonya will be remembered for her radiant smile, always-caring heart and her beautiful curly hair.

Sonya was born on Feb. 17, 1969 in Enid, Okla., the fourth daughter of Dr. Leon and Nancy Hill. She graduated from Enid High School in 1987. She received her Bachelors degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1991. While attending Oklahoma Baptist University she met her the love of her life and future husband, Alan, whom she married in 1992. She received her Masters degree from Dallas Baptist University in 1987.

She is survived by her husband of 15 years, Alan; and their children, Savannah, Hudson, Katy and Clara. She is also survived by her mother, Nancy Mihura of Earlsboro, Okla.; her sisters, Sandy Stephenson and husband Kelly of Birmingham, Ala., Sue Gibson and her husband Mark of Bryan, Texas, and Sheryl Blocker and her husband Mikol of Seminole, Okla.; as well as by other family members and loving friends too numerous to mention. She was preceded in death by her father, Dr. Leon Hill.

Alan and the family want to express their sincere appreciation to all the wonderful doctors, nurses, and staff of Texas Oncology for their care during this past year. A special thank you goes to Dr. O’Shaughnessy and Priscilla.

Services are slated for 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at Oak Crest Baptist Church in Midlothian. Burial will follow at Midlothian Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Midlothian Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Sonya’s name to can be made to the Susan G. Koman Race For A Cure Foundation. www.komen.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of W. Randy Hampton, Midlothian Funeral Home, 200 E. Avenue E, Midlothian, TX 76065. (972) 723-9884.