Valeria Cecelia Butler Payne, age 69, of New Carrollton, MD, transitioned on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. She was born to the late John Jacob, Jr. and Frances Viola Butler on September 29, 1950 in Washington, DC. Valeria graduated from Northwestern High School in 1969 and studied communications at Catholic University. She worked over 30 years in mass communications, including working for NBC, NPR, TVOne and Gannet before retiring in 2015.
She was predeceased by her son, Michael Darnell Payne, and two sisters, Francine R. Self and Carolyn L. Addey.
Valeria is survived by her daughter, Lashon Theresa Banks (William); two grandchildren, Everleigh and Noah Banks; her sister, Darlene T. Meister (Jim); brothers, Larry A., Francis C. and Kevin M; and a host of nieces, nephews and close friends.
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