Dorothy Ellen Buck Taylor

March 23, 1922 - August 5, 2018

Dorothy Ellen Buck Taylor, 96, of Beardstown, died Sunday, Aug. 5, at Jacksonville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born March 23, 1922, in rural Beardstown, the daughter of Lark and Iva Gibbons Buck. She married her high school sweetheart James L. Taylor on Sept. 19, 1945, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Beardstown, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 27, 2014.

She is survived by her children Mike (wife Mary) Taylor of Columbia, MO, Don (wife Lisa) Taylor of Virginia, Debbie (husband Bill) Middleton of Murrayville, and Mary (husband Jay) Houvenagle of Washington; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Muriel Buck of Savanna.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and two brothers, Floyd and Harold Buck.

Mrs. Taylor graduated from Beardstown High School in the class of 1940. She was a baptized and confirmed member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Beardstown. She was also a member of Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, Ladies Aid, Rainbow Garden Club, and her quilting club.

She had worked at Schultz Baujan Mills after high school. She then served as a Sergeant in the Women’s Army Corps, assigned to the U.S. Air Force during World War II and stationed at Bolling Field in Washington, D.C. Later, she worked for FS in Virginia, Beardstown Savings and Loan, at Millie’s Gift Shop for 15 years, and volunteered as an Ombudsman for nursing homes.

Dorothy raised chickens and was a master flower gardener who grew bouquets to give away to her friends. She enjoyed collecting recipes and traveling, especially the bus trips with her girlfriends, the bank bus trips, the time she went to Europe with Barbara Kuhlman, and going out east during the fall season. Dorothy was a 46- year breast cancer survivor. She was a doting and loving grandmother and will be greatly missed by all those who loved her.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 7, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Beardstown. Burial was in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Beardstown. Colwell Memorial Home in Beardstown was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials have been suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Church or Cass County Food Pantry.

Condolences may be left online at or on Facebook at Colwell Memorial Home.