Rosemary C. Taylor, 90, of Hamilton, IL, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Montrose Health Care Center.
Rosemary was born on August 5, 1927, in Keokuk IA, the daughter of John Carl and Mary Alice Herrmann West. She was united in marriage to Owen C. Taylor on March 22, 1948. He proceded her in death on December 9, 2006.
Rosemary lived most of her life in Hamilton, IL. She worked at Illinois Bell Telephome, Dryden Rubber, Sylvania Electric, and Decker Manufacturing before working for the United Postal Service , retiring in 1986. She was a member of the Bethel Presbyterian Church in Hamilton, IL, Keokuk Coin Club, T.O.P.S. and the Hoerner YMCA, where she would swim every day. She enjoyed being outside in the garden and watching the birds and the dogs. She enjoyed traveling and antique collecting with her late husband.
Rosemary is survived by her son Larry (Kimberlie) Taylor of Hamilton, IL, and daughter Judy (Richard) Hardy of Philadelphia, MO; three grandchildren: Crystal (Mike) McGee of Keokuk, IA, Karissa (Craig) Russell of Quincy, IL and Brandi Taylor of Ft. Madison, IA; two sisters Mary (Robert) Payne of Keokuk, IA and Carolyn Jordan of Colorado; one brother Jack West of Keokuk, IA; half-sister Beverly Weber and half-brother Sonny Hoffman; five great grandchildren: Austin, Taylor, Keelin, and Pyper McGee and Owen Russell; one great great grandchild Chloe McGee; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Owen, her parents John and Alice West, two sisters: Marilyn Oliver and Mabel Abston, and brother Robert (Bob) West.
A celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Centers, 917 Blondeau St. with Rev. Robert Wagner officiating. Visitation will be after 3 PM Wednesday, March 7, 2018 with family meeting with friends from 6 - 8 PM.
Memorials may be made to HCI Hospice or Keokuk Animal Service.
DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Centers in Keokuk is in charge of arrangements and tributes and condolences may be entered at www.dejongsfuneralhome.com.
I became acquainted with Rosemary when I started working at the Hamilton Post Office.She was so nice and helpful to me, it made the office a fun place to work.I am so glad that I had the good fortune to become friends with both Rosemary and Owen.
Rosemary was a wonderful lady. I loved taking care of her. Talking with her was a pleasure. I will greatly miss her. She has stolen my heart. I love her family also. My heart goes out to all of you.
I got to know grandma Taylor in her later years, she always had a smile on her face and a family that loved her. She will be dearly missed! My mother, Gloria and I will continue with our family tradition and add her to our list of flower remembrance every Memorial Day.
She was very kind and our neighbor for years. My heart goes out to the Taylor family.
Rosemary was such a great person to visit with. My mother and her had several talks about people from the Carthage Post Office since my father worked there as well. I personally got to visit with her when she had her best friend "Baby" the Montrose Health Center cat in her lap. Not many people got to have Baby sit with them. She will be missed by all who knew her.
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