Funeral services for Mrs. Marie Taylor, wife of Joe P. Taylor, were held in the Coldwater Methodist church last Friday afternoon and were in charge of the pastor, Rev. Major W. Parker.
Mr. and Mrs. Gurney T. Hadley sang "Let Me Rest In Thee," "Rock of Ages" and "God Was There," accompanied by Mrs. Wm. Brumbaugh on the organ. The pallbearers were Fred Anderson, Bob Harp of Greensburg, Horace Rich, Martin Zerby, John Schneck and Clarence Coles. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery.
Marie Cummins, daughter of Wm. B. and Louella Cummins, was born June 6, 1878 at Paola, Kansas, and departed this life January 18, 1944, at Berryton, Ark., at the age of 65 years, seven months and 12 days.
While a child she moved with her parents from Paola, Kans., to Woods County, Okla., where she grew to womanhood and resided until her marriage to Joseph P. Taylor, in Kansas City, Mo. December 28, 1900. To this union were born five children.
The family made their home in Coldwater, Kansas, until the fall of 1939, when they moved to Berryville, Ark., where she lived at the time of her passing.
She leaves to mourn her death four sons; Spencer C. Taylor, Berryville, Ark.; Cpl. Martin C. Taylor, U. S. Army, Hawaii; Phil Taylor, Marshall, Texas, and OM2c Gordon L. Taylor, U. S. Navy; also two brothers and two sisters, W. H. Cummins, Geo. V. Cummins, Bernice Arndt and Myrtle Arndt, all of Alva, Okla.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph P. Taylor, a daughter, Bernice Taylor and a brother, Elmer C. Cummins. Mrs. Taylor was a kind and loving mother and neighbor, the family being highly respected in this community and her death will be felt as a distinct loss to those who knew her.
The following lines were written by Mrs. Taylor's brother, Geo. V. Cummins of Alva, Okla.:
To Mrs. Marie Taylor.
After a lingering illness a loving mother dies.
A mother in all that holy word implies;
A guiding hand to the children whom she bore.
A kindly friend to all who passed her door.
No more for her the morning sun will rise.
No more for her love's tender sacrifice.
Though to each one. Oh thought sublime.
Those sleeping eyes may open again some day in Paradise.
Obituary: Bernice Elizabeth "Bay" Taylor, The Western Star, July 21, 1922.
Thanks to Shirley Brier for transcribing and contributing the above obituary!
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