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OBITUARY - LUCINDA (JENNINGS) TAYLOR

Lucinda (JENNINGS) TAYLOR, age 89, of Mount Ayr, Iowa passed away August 27, 2000 at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr where she received tender, loving care from January 21, 2000. She shared a room with her cousin Della CULVER.

She was born in Redding, Iowa on September 25, 1910 to E. F. "Brick" and Mary JENNINGS. She attended school in Redding and moved to Mount Ayr her junior year in 1927 and finished her education, graduating from high school in 1928.

Lucinda was age 12 when she witnessed the bank robbery in Redding [1923] and could tell the story in great detail.

On February 18, 1931, she married Lynden TAYLOR, in a sunrise ceremony, in the Methodist Church parsonage in Mount Ayr, and to this union three children were born: Sue Ann, Marlene Kay and Alan Lynden.

Lucinda was a member of the Methodist Church and very active in UMW. She enjoyed baking, giving lessons and the fellowship as long as her health permitted. She worked at the Mount Ayr Telephone Company as a telephone operator 20 years from 1955 to 1975. Lucinda first learned to be a telephone operator from Sadie JAMESON at a very early age, while living in Redding. After retirement, she kept in contact with the telephone operators she worked with in Mount Ayr and enjoyed these visits. Lucinda loved to knit and spent many hours making afghans and baby booties for family and friends until failing eyesight did not permit her to knit anymore.

She was an avid Iowa basketball fan and enjoyed listening to many games on her transistor radio.

Lucinda was a devoted wife and she and Lynden were very happy and thankful they could live 69 years together on the farm where they started their married life. Lynden and Lucinda were privileged to celebrate their 69th wedding anniversary this year [2000].

She was a very loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed her children tremendously. Her grandchildren were very important to her and she was always there for them to make every moment special.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers: Charlie, Frank, Emil and Donald; two sisters, Mergie WINEGAR and Doris GERMAN; son-in-law Stan SMITH; and great-granddaughter Suzie PIERCE.

Lucinda is survived by her husband Lynden; daughters, Sue Ann SMITH of Rock Island, Illinois and Kay TERWILLIGER (husband Hugh) of Mount Ayr; son Alan (wife Becky) of Mount Ayr; grandchildren: Mike SMITH (wife Shirley), Debbie WAGAMON (husband Steve), Cathy LAMBERT (husband Randy), Mitch SMITH (wife Julie), all of Illinois, Jennifer KINSEY (husband Curtis), Bob TAYLOR and Amber TAYLOR of Mount Ayr; great-grandchildren, Tom PIERCE, Alan SMITH, Josh SMITH, Brian SMITH, Brittani SMITH, Jeffery SMITH, Andy SMITH, all of Illinois, Brett TAYLOR, David HEAD, Nathan HEAD, Nikki HEAD and Anthony KINSEY of Mount Ayr; and nieces, nephews and many friends. She was loved by all and will be sadly missed.

Lucinda will always be remembered for her spirit, her laughter and the love of life she shared with those who were privileged to know her. From her many friends to her loving family, those treasured memories will be a gift to warm their hearts for many years to come. Lucinda was a strong, vibrant woman with a quick mind and a warm smile. That legacy alone will be a treasured gift.

Services were held Wednesday, August 30, 2000 at the United Methodist Church in Mount Ayr with Rev. Michael DRUHL, Rev. Ralph JOHNSON and Rev. Ainslee BRILLO officiating. Musicians were Mrs. Debbie CANNON and Dwight INGRAM. Casket bearers were Mike SMITH, Debbie WAGAMON, Jennifer KINSEY, Mitch SMITH, Cathy LAMBERT, Bob TAYLOR and Amber TAYLOR. Honorary pallbearers were Tom PIERCE, Steve WAGAMON, Alan SMITH and Randy LAMBERT.

Lucinda was laid to rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr. Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.

SOURCE: genealogybuff.com

Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2010

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