Payom ‘Penny’ Srilabute, 68, Akron, served in Peace Corps, RR Donnelley worker, skilled origamist

By on September 19, 2018

Payom “Penny” Srilabute, 68, of Akron, passed away on Aug. 16, 2018.

Born in Songkhla, Thailand, she was the daughter of the late Prayong Srilabute and Uraiwan Srilabute.

A graduate of Songkhla Teachers College, Payom served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, teaching English to secondary-school students in Suratthani, Thailand. She later worked for The Consortium as a cultural orientation instructor at the Phanat Nikom Refugee Camp.

In Lancaster, Payom worked at Conestoga View Nursing Home, RCA Corporation, and RR Donnelley. She also studied art at Millersville University. Payom enjoyed entertaining audiences with performances of Thai classical music and dance, and she was skilled in the art of origami. She was a frequent visitor to the Mongkoltepmunee Temple in Bensalem.

In addition to her mother, Payom is survived by a son: Stephen Nichols, of Manassas, Va.; a daughter: Alisa Nichols, wife of Abhishek Singh, of Stamford, Conn.; and two grandchildren: August and Ivy Singh. Also surviving is a brother: Nampon Srilabute, of Songkhla, Thailand.

Payom was preceded in death by a brother: Prayot Srilabute; and a sister: Tanya Srilabute.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Payom’s life, to be held at the Stradling Funeral Home, 201 N. Church Ave., Ephrata, on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 4 p.m.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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