September 28, 1952 ~ July 12, 2020

Born in: Daviess County, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Lydia Elaine Ambrose-Payne, 67, of Owensboro passed away Sunday, July 12, 2020 at her home. She was born in Daviess County on September 28, 1952 to Evelyn Louise Kennedy Ambrose and the late Rondal Lee Ambrose. Lydia was the owner and president of Safety Consultants Incorporated. She enjoyed gardening and singing in the choir at St. Stephen Cathedral. Lydia had a famous saying, “Every day is a holiday.”

She was Kentucky Colonel, was selected in 1986 as Outstanding Young Woman of America in recognition of outstanding ability, accomplishments, and service to the community. She was also selected as the first lady president of Owensboro Transportation Club in 1986. In 2000, Lydia received the Notable American Women Recognition of Post Achievements and outstanding service to the community, state and nation. She had been listed as an honored professional in the Nationwide Register’s Who’s Who in executives and businesses from 2000 to 2001, with a Certificate of Merit awarded for distinguished services from the World Who’s Who of Women. Furthermore, Lydia received a National Leadership award from the National Republican Congressional Committee as Honorary Co-Chairman Business Advisory Council. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, past worthy matron and past deputy grand matron. She was selected as an Entrepreneur of the year Nominee in 2003 from the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce.

Along with her father, Lydia is preceded in death by her step-son, Sam Payne.

Along with her mother, Lydia is survived by her loving and devoted husband, William Gordon Payne; her step-son, Ashley (Deanna) Payne; her step-grandchildren, Logan (Katie Young) Payne, Colburn Payne, Jesse Payne, John Lucas Payne, and Taylor Cook; her step-great-grandchildren, Sophie Payne; her siblings, Rondal Ray (Ann) Ambrose and Claude Anthony Ambrose; her nieces and nephews, Rondal Lynn (Jania) Ambrose, Collin Ambrose, Bunny Louise (Michael) Smallcomb, Christopher Anthony (Karen) Volk, Jeremiah David Ambrose, and Amberlee Starr Ambrose; and many great nieces and nephews; and many great great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass will be noon Monday, July 20, 2020 at St. Stephen Cathedral, with Father Jerry Riney officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 until time of service at the church. Burial will take place at a later date. All those who wish to honor and remember Mrs. Ambrose-Payne in person at the visitation or service are encouraged to wear a mask while inside the church for the safety of all those in attendance. Services will be live streamed on St. Stephen Cathedral’s Facebook page.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mrs. Payne. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Lydia Elaine Ambrose-Payne and sign her virtual guest book by going to


Visitation: July 20, 2020 10:00 am - July 20, 2020 12:00 pm

St. Stephen Cathedral
610 Locust Street
Owensboro, KY 42301

Funeral Mass: July 20, 2020 12:00 pm

St. Stephen Cathedral
610 Locust Street
Owensboro, KY 42301

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  1. Fly high with the angels Lydia. I will miss you terribly but happy that you are pain free and in a happy and joyous place! I have fond memories of you that keep flowing through my mind. I will always remember them and hold them close to my heart! ❤️❤️

  2. Gordon, we are so sorry to hear about Lydia. You are in our prayers. May God bless you and your family.

  3. Gordon, I’m so sorry to hear of Lydia’s passing — we go way back to 1st grade and graduated from same class. Great gal! May God surround you with his comfort and love and remember the good times that is what will help. Take Care —

  4. Evelyn and the Ambrose family, we send our sympathy to each of you as you grieve for Lydia. Jean Rendleman

  5. Condolences to Gordon, Evelyn, Ronnie, Anthony and all of Lydia’s extended family and friends. She was loved. – Joye (Bowman)

  6. I loved Lydia like a sister… from playing softball,to visiting with her Mom and long serious ( sometimes silly) conversation s! She knew how to have fun and most of the time was the life of the party!
    Sorry to hear about your loss Gordon and family, Evelyn, Ronnie and Ann, and Tony! Y’all in my prayers!

  7. Dear Gordon and family , Lydia was an exceptional sweet woman that would light up any room that she walked into. I was always thankful for our chats at family gatherings . She was a very sweet lady . You will be and have been in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time . May God comfort you .
    With deep sympathy
    Kristy Clark James

  8. I remember how hard it was for Ronnie and myself to train Ms Lydia to take over as President of the Transportation Club. She surely will be missed what a hoot she was. God bless All of the family. RIP Lydia

  9. Gordon so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and family.

    Harold and Charlotte Massey

  10. Gordon,
    It is with heartfelt sadness that we learn of Lydia’s passing. She was an accomplished and beautiful lady. We remember her ready smile and contagious laughter, along with her zest for life. We missed you both so much after you moved from Cedar Hills. Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss.

  11. I can close my eyes and still hear that contagious laugh of hers. A beautiful soul and a good friend. Earth’s loss…Heaven’s gain.

  12. I an so saddened to hear of Lydia’s passing. I first met her in the band at DCHS and we quickly became friends, as did anyone who met Lydia. She will be sorely missed.

  13. On behalf of the Honorable Oder of Kentucky Colonels, the Order offers its deepest condolences and is proud of a life well lived by Colonel Ambrose-Payne.


    Colonel Heather Campbell

    Director of Colonel Relations

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