Marcella Payne DeGono of Canoga Park, Calif., died Jan. 4, 2010. 

She was born in Damascus to Melvina and James H. Payne. 

After graduating from Southside High School in Bee Branch, Marcella moved to Colorado and later settled in Calif. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom DeGono of California, her parents, brothers D. L. "Duck" Payne of La Palma, Calif., and Bill Payne of Little Rock and sisters Mildred Hall, Gola Lee and Adria Stroud all of Damascus, two nieces and one nephew. She is survived by a sister, Emma Hammett of Little Rock, a brother M.L. "Mack" Payne of Damascus, stepsons Tom and Gary DeGhionno of Calif., and several nieces and nephews. 

Her ashes will be distributed in California and Arkansas as she requested.