Wanda Payne, a retired educator and the scion of one of a prominent North Jersey political family, has died. She was 60.
Payne was the sister of Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-Newark).
She spent 31 years as a public school teacher at Newark’s Hawthorne Avenue School and a member of the Newark Teacher’s Union.
Her late father, Donald M. Payne, Sr., who started his career as a teacher, represented New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1989 until his death in 2012. Her uncle, William D. Payne, was a state assemblyman from Essex County.