Helen N. Taylor passed away Saturday, July 14, 2012, at the Moore Pike Nursing Home in Bowling Green, Mo.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 21, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Mudd-Veach Funeral Home in Bowling Green, with the Rev. Mike Gillen officiating. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery in Middletown, Mo. Visitation was held July 21 from 9 a.m. until the time of service.
Helen was born on Jan. 8, 1922, in Troy, Mo., the daughter of Henry Harmon and Mabel Ellen (Witt) Norton. She grew up in rural Pike County and attended the Ramsey Creek and Paynesville schools. Helen married Leon Marvin Taylor on May 9, 1946, in Hannibal, Mo.
They moved to Colorado, west of Denver, and made their home for 30 years before returning to the Cyrene and Bowling Green area in 1974. Mrs. Taylor was a member of First United Methodist Church in Bowling Green and the Rebekahs. She loved country music; the St. Louis Cardinals, attending games in all three stadiums in St. Louis; bowling and participating in tournaments; sewing dresses for her daughters; and latch hooking.
Helen was an adventurer, taking a hot-air balloon ride at age 80, and had many friends in Colorado and Missouri. She loved to travel the United States, spending time with her children, grandchildren and camping with the family.
Mrs. Taylor is survived by a son, Marvin Taylor and wife Jennifer of Fort Collins; five daughters, Kitty Galley and husband Jerry of Blanding, Utah, Kathy Stevens and husband Mike of Littleton, Karen Anderson and husband Al of Grimes, Iowa, Kay Tietz and husband Chuck of Dumont, and Karma Gaw and husband Ed of Bowling Green; one stepdaughter, Kathleen Fabrio of O’Fallon; and many grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, one sister, two stepsons and three great-grandchildren.
The grandsons served as pallbearers, and the other grandchildren served as honorary pallbearers.
Memorial donations made be made to the Pike County Home Health and Hospice in Bowling Green, Mo.