(CBS) The mother of Bears Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton has died.
Alyne Payton, 87, passed away Sunday night following an extended illness. Her funeral is scheduled for Saturday in Columbia, Miss., Walter’s hometown.
“She will be buried next to my father and with Walter. We are going to bury Walter’s ashes with her. That’s what she wanted,” Eddie Payton, the older brother of Walter, said.
“She grew up in a small community called Harmony (Mississippi). It was a typical African-American community for that time in 1926, the year she was born,” Eddie said. “She grew up working in the fields, picking cotton, chopping wood. She started doing domestic work when she was like 12. It was kind of typical of the times. I mean, there weren’t a lot of opportunities. She went to school in the community and eventually stumbled upon my dad and the rest is history.”