On Saturday, July 11, 2015, God was looking down and saw that Lydia Lucille Perkins Payton was getting wearied and tired from the struggle of life, so he sent his angel of mercy to release her from her suffering and whispered, “My child, come home.”\n \n\n\n\n\n\n Lydia was born on Easter Monday, April 17, 1922 during the height of a blizzard in Seaford, DE, to the late Margretta Purnell Perkins and the late Albert McClain Perkins, Sr. Lydia was the last survivor of eight siblings.\n \n\n\n\n\n\n As a child, Lydia received her religious training at Macedonia A.M.E. Church of Seaford and remained a faithful supporter of that church for a long as her health permitted.\n \n\n\n\n\n\n Lydia was a child during the Great Depression. The Perkins family did not have very many material possessions, just the necessities, but they were rich with love, and were a very close-knit family. This closeness and love lasted throughout their adult lives.\n \n\n\n\n\n\n The Perkins family was very musically inclined. When a family left the Seaford area and gave their piano to the Perkins, Lydia taught herself to play the piano. Her secret desire was to become a concert pianist.\n \n\n\n\n\n\n Lydia was educated in the public schools of Seaford, DE where she was the valedictorian of her high school class. She attended Delaware State College in Dover, DE, where she was salutatorian of her class and was also awarded the title of Miss Delaware Stat College.\n \n\n\n\n\n\n Teaching for 33.5 years, she was a strong, conscientious teacher, dedicated to the students of Dorchester County. Lydia began her teaching career in 1944. Her first teaching assignment was at a one-room facility at Lina’s Road, MD. After that she was given a 15 year assignment at another one-room facility in Cordtown, MD. When that school closed, she taught at Pine Street School and St. Clair Elementary School of Cambridge, MD. With the desegregation of school in Dorchester County, she was assigned to teach at Crapo School, Hooper’s Island School, and South Dorchester K-8.\n \n\n\n\n\n\n During her tenure at Cordtown School, Lydia met and later married the love of her life, Emerson Payton, on February 12, 1948. From that day forward, the two were inseparable-whenever you saw one, there was the other. From that union, two children were born-the late Emerson Payton, Jr. (Sidney) and Sharon Payton Young (Granville). Lydia and Emerson made their home in Lina’s Road, MD.\n \n\n\n\n\n\n Lydia became an active member of John Wesley United Methodist Church of Lina’s Road, serving as Sunday School Superintendent, director of the youth choir, church musician (pianist), a member of the United Methodist Women, a member of the senior choir, a member of the finance committee, and the administrative board secretary.\n \n\n\n\n\n\n Lydia loved to harmonize and had a very strong alto voice. She loved to play the piano, read novels, shop, play pinochle, play scrabble, complete crossword puzzles and cryptograms. The Payton family spent the majority of their weekends together visiting other family members. Emerson and Lydia always wanted to spend time with their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The two look pleasure in exposing the young ones to new and varied adventures.\n \n\n\n\n\n\n When Lydia’s husband died in December of 1984, Lydia was bereft and, after a few years, relocated to Cambridge to live with her daughter. Lydia became more than a grandmother to Sharon’s children. She always wanted to help and never wanted to be a burden. The children nicknamed her “the energizer bunny” because she was so full of energy and just kept going and going.\n \n\n\n\n\n\n By 1990 all of Lydia’s brothers had died. Lydia, her two sisters-Mary Nutter (James) and Susie Perkins, and their sister in-law, Margaret Perkins (Harold) became known to the family as the “Golden Girls”, spending the majority of their leisure time together traveling, shopping or just enjoying being together.\n \n\n\n\n\n\n In February, 2006, Lydia suffered a debilitating stroke. She went from being almost completely self-sufficient to being totally dependent overnight. She spent the remainder of her life under the care of her daughter.\n \n\n\n\n\n\n In whatever she did, Lydia wanted to make a difference. There was a playful, silly side to her personality that many people did not see. She believed in the importance of an education. She believed in the importance of family and the importance of supporting family whenever you have the opportunity. Lydia believed everyone could and should learn. She did not believe in mediocrity-you should excel to the best of your ability. Lydia had a strong work ethic and was a strong individual.\n \n\n\n\n\n\n Preceding her in death, aside from her parents, husband, son and two sisters, are five brothers (Charles “Chappie” Collins, Albert, Harold, Lawrence and Clifton Perkins), one step-daughter, four nephews, one niece, one step-grandson, one great granddaughter and a great niece.\n \n\n\n\n\n\n Lydia is survived by her daughter, eight grandchildren: Dontrette Cornish Smiley (Ronald) and Sandra Elliott, both of Cambridge, MD; Avonti Pinder (Sereeka) of Boston, MA, Tara Pinder Tewogbade (Adesegun “Shola”) of Lilburn, GA; Keshia Elliott Woolford (Roy) of Baltimore, MD; Emerson Payton, III of Boston, MD; Edrian Pinder and Asha Young, both of Cambridge, MD; one step-daughter, Dorothy Beverly of Cambridge, MD; twelve great grandchildren; four great grandchildren; six nephews; eight nieces; one step grandson and numerous cousins and a host of friends and colleagues.\n \n\n\n\n\n\n Services will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015 1pm at St. Luke UM Church 712 Bradley Ave Cambridge, MD with a viewing two hours prior. Interment in John Wesley UM Church Cemetery Liners Road.