In 1931, Payne became an American citizen . On a tour through Europe in 1933, she met Russian -born astrophysicist Sergei I. Gaposchkin in Germany . She helped him get a visa to the United States and they married in March 1934, settling in the historic town of Lexington, Massachusetts , a short commute from Harvard. They had three children, Edward, Katherine, and Peter. Her daughter remembers her as "an inspired seamstress, an inventive knitter, and a voracious reader." She and her family were members of the First Unitarian Church there, where she taught Sunday school.  She was also active with the Quakers . 
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