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Mary Taylor




Mary Taylor

Mary E. Taylor, 92, of Warsaw, Missouri, passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2012, at her home in Warsaw. She was born on December 12, 1919, the daughter of William and Mary (Kelly) Lorenson.

Upon her high school graduation in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Mary worked several part-time jobs back East. It was in Norfolk, Virginia, on November 26, 1942, that she met U.S. Navy Seaman Leonard Taylor, and as destiny would have it, in just a matter of hours, they began a union that would last a lifetime.

Following their spontaneous marriage, the Navy took Leonard to the Pacific while Mary went to live with his family in Denver, Colorado. After Leonard’s military discharge, they made their home in Rawlins, Wyoming, where they started their family. Leonard’s occupation took them to Kansas City, Missouri, until his eventual retirement brought them to their “home” in Warsaw, Missouri.

Over the years, Mary spent countless evenings on the dance floor with Leonard as they were members of the Damsite Dancers Square Dance Club in Warsaw. She was also very active outdoors where she spent time in her gardens and Mary always took a special pride in hosting large holiday (especially Thanksgiving) and other family get-togethers at their home on the lake.

Mary was involved in several organizations, including the Knights of Columbus Jay Harris Council #8620 Ladies Auxiliary, St. Ann Altar & Rosary Society, B.P.O.E. Lodge #2783, American Legion Post #217 Ladies Auxiliary and VFW Post #7900. She was also a member of St. Ann Catholic Church where she was a faithful and devout servant to the Lord.

Mary was predeceased by Leonard, her loving husband of 65 years; parents, William and Mary; two brothers, Bill Lorenson and Charlie Lorenson; a sister, Helen Lorenson; and two sons, Daniel Roy and Gary Wayne.

Mary is survived by children, Robert Leonard (Vicki) of Rawlins, Wyoming; Patricia Ann (Ed) Demel of Lenexa, Kansas; Donald William (Debbie) of Liberty, Missouri; Mary Lynnette (Joe) Gawron of Kansas City, Missouri; Paula Jean Stringfield of Grandview, Missouri; David Allan of Kansas City, Missouri; Kathleen Diane (Skip) Howe of Warsaw, Missouri; Darla Rae (Randy) Smith of Edwards, Missouri; daughter-in-law, Debbie Taylor of Warsaw, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Fern Powell and Lorraine Taylor; 35 grandchildren; 51 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; and many other relatives and friends