Providing Stability and Compassion to Rogers County

MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service offers three locations and a caring, experienced staff.

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Professional Services | Issue: October 2015

The staff of MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service (L to R): (Seated) Charlie Bray and Frank Friedemann, (Standing) Frank Klucevsek, Susan Bickford, Denise Adamson, Ryan Payne, Allen McElwain, and Sharon Moody.

The staff of MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service (L to R): (Seated) Charlie Bray and Frank Friedemann, (Standing) Frank Klucevsek, Susan Bickford, Denise Adamson, Ryan Payne, Allen McElwain, and Sharon Moody.

MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service has been a mainstay in Rogers County since opening over 100 years ago. Today, MMS-Payne has three locations: Chelsea, Inola and Claremore. Owner Ryan Payne says, “Our goal is to provide compassionate, quality service to our friends and neighbors in Rogers County. We are a community-oriented business. Everyone who works here lives in Rogers County, our children attend school here – this is where we’re from, and this is our home.”
At MMS-Payne, you can rely on stability at a time when everything feels anything but stable. “The loss of a loved one is often the most difficult, stressful thing we face in life,” says Ryan. “Our job is to make the process of honoring and celebrating a loved one’s life as stress-free and peaceful as possible for the family.”
Part of their stability stems from the familiar faces seen at MMS-Payne. Each member of the staff has spent their entire funeral career in Rogers County. Many have decades of experience and have worked at MMS-Payne for 10, 15, even 20 years or more. Employees include Denise Adamson, funeral director; Allen McElwain, funeral director; Charlie Bray, assistant funeral director; Frank Friedemann, director of family services; Susan Bickford, office manager of the Chelsea funeral home; Bonnie Kelley, office manager of the Inola funeral home; Frank Klucevsek; and Sharon Moody. Ryan Payne began working for the funeral home 21 years ago and became owner in 2013.
One valuable resource MMS-Payne provides is through Frank Friedemann, who helps families navigate the paperwork following the passing of a loved one, including insurance policies, Social Security information, death certificates, and any other issue that the family might have to deal with after a death. “Our after-care program is offered as a service to families at no extra charge. It is a great relief for many to receive this assistance in navigating the stacks of paperwork that arise,” says Ryan.
MMS-Payne is also the only funeral home in Rogers County with its own crematory onsite. “The staff members you meet are the people who take care of your loved one’s funeral services from beginning to end. You can trust that we will take care of your family members as if they were our own.”
Another aspect of MMS-Payne’s stability is their active involvement in the community. Every year, they sponsor the Claremore Veteran’s Day Parade. Ryan coaches little league soccer, and Allen and Denise support their children in the Claremore High School Band. “We do whatever we can for the community. This is our home. We are here for the citizens of Rogers County – stabile, growing and always striving to provide excellent, caring service.” 

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About Author Sheryl Sowell

Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.

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