OBITUARY - VERLA (TAYLOR) VARNER TAYLOR
Verla Dean TAYLOR, was born on December 21, 1919, in the TAYLOR family home west of Diagonal, IA and died December 2,
2008, at Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa. She was the youngest child of the 10 children born to James
Riley and Nellie May (FIGGINS) TAYLOR. Verla Dean attended country school at Lincoln #7 [also known as Taylor School]
until her freshman year when she enrolled at Diagonal High School, graduating with the class of 1938.
On June 22, 1940, Verla Dean married Paul VARNER and they began their married life in Diagonal. To this union two
children were born, Bradford and Janet. During forty years of marriage, Paul and Verla Dean were partners in several
business ventures including a restaurant, a furniture store and a bowling alley. However, it was the funeral
business for which they were probably best known. Together they operated Varner Funeral Homes in Clearfield,
Diagonal and Tingley. In 1979 they teamed up with a young man named Jay WATSON to become Varner-Watson Funeral Home.
In 1961 the VARNERS formed a partnership with the ROUTH family and built Clearview Homes in Clearfield, IA which
later grew to include a larger nursing home facility in Mount Ayr. After Paulís death on February 15, 1981, Verla
Dean moved to their lake home on Lake Viking near Gallatin, MO where she made many friends.
On June 5, 1983, Verla Dean married Clyde TAYLOR and they enjoyed many years together living at the lake. They later
moved to Mount Ayr where Clyde died on January 9, 2005. Verla Dean spent several years living at Clearview Estates in
Mount Ayr and then moved back home to Clearfield to spend her final years in Clearview [Nursing Home].
Verla Dean loved spending time with her family and friends. She also was an avid bridge player, enjoyed music and
dancing and rarely missed a TAYLOR Reunion. Verla Dean was member of the United Methodist Church in Gallatin, MO and
a member of the Eastern Star.
Preceding Verla Dean in death were her parents, JR and Nellie TAYLOR; husbands Paul
VARNER and Clyde TAYLOR; brothers Forrest TAYLOR, Harold TAYLOR, Floyd TAYLOR, Clifford TAYLOR and Wayne TAYLOR:
sisters Rena Belle TAYLOR, Frances PARKER and Bessie JONES PERRY; son-in-law Jerry SLAYBAUGH; and grandson Jeffrey
Those who survive Verla Dean are her son Brad VARNER (Anna Eileen) of Oak Grove, MO; her daughter Jan
SLAYBAUGH of Independence, MO; grandson Greg SLAYBAUGH (Heather) of Lee's Summit, MO, granddaughter Lori (Bob)
GREGOR of Lenexa, KS and granddaughter Bobbi Jo BARTLES (Jeff) of Clarinda; step-grandchildren Tiffany BLANSIT,
Leah PARKS, and Gabriel HANCOCK; great-grandchildren Anna SLAYBAUGH, Chip SLAYBAUGH, Charlie SLAYBAUGH, Libby
GREGOR, Sara GREGOR, Taylor BANKS, Tyson BANKS, Trey WHITE and Tanner WHITE; step-great grandchildren Felecia and
Kayla IRVAN, Jackson and Abigail BLANSIT and Brady and Elayna PARKS; one great-great granddaughter, Kylie. She also
will be missed by her sister, Velma AVERY of Fort Myers, Florida, sisters-in-law Lorabel TAYLOR and Galene VARNER;
many nieces, nephews and other relatives and a host of friends.
Services were held at the United Methodist Church in Clearfield on Friday, Decembr 5, 2008, with Rev. Gerry KAHLER and
Rev. Todd BLANSIT officiating. Musicians were Patty PARRISH, Mary DAVENPORT and Margaret BICKERS. Wilson-Watson
& Armstrong Funeral Home took care of arrangements.
Casket bearers were Chip SLAYBAUGH, Charlie SLAYBAUGH,
Anna SLAYBAUGH, Tyson BANKS, Taylor BANKS and Trey WHITE.
Honorary pallbearers were Tanner WHITE, Sara GREGOR
and Libby GREGOR.
Verla Dean was laid to rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr.
Submission by Ann Wyere, April of 2012
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