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Juanita Loretta (Smith) Taylor

Juanita Loretta (Smith) Taylor was born on February 7, 1928 in McCallsburg, Iowa, the daughter of Robert Bryan and Matilda Jane (Fleener) Smith, and went to her heavenly home on June 23, 2016 at the age of 88 years, four months and 16 days.

Juanita went to school in Iowa and graduated from Maxwell, Iowa, High School in 1946.
She was joined in marriage to William Eugene Taylor on April 10, 1955 at Oakhill Church in Houston, Missouri. To this union were born three children: Eugene “Gene” Bryan, Leatha Loretta, and Arthur Ray.

Juanita accepted the Lord as her Savior in November 1954. She found Him the best friend, guide, strength and helper through many trials. She is a member of Cornerstone Freewill Baptist Church in Mtn. Grove, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her mother-in-law, Nina Taylor Jones, whom she loved very much; sisters, Mable McGowen, Virginia Elliott and Doris Phillips; and a daughter-in-law, Anita Taylor.

Juanita is survived by her husband, William “Bill” of the home; three children, Eugene Taylor and wife Pamela of Mtn. Grove, Leatha Smith and husband Kenneth of Willow Springs, and Arthur Taylor and wife Evie of Prescott Valley, Arizona; one stepdaughter, Leaette Lally of New Salisbury, Indiana; fifteen grandchildren, Donna Land and husband Mark, Lisa Tharp, Cathy Tharp, Lori Black and husband Eric, Erin Faust, Jennie Cowger and husband Dale, Gloria Waggoner and husband Chris, Scott Smith and wife Amanda, Julie Friedman and husband Ben, Rachel Caudill, William Jeffery Taylor, Kevin Smith and wife Jessica, Christy Luckinbill and husband Cody, Derek Smith, and Emily Smith; 28 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; four special children she treated as grandchildren, Jamie Smith, Valerie Smith, Debbie Beller and Stephanie Smith; and a host of nieces, nephews and dear friends from the many places she had lived.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016, at the funeral chapel with Ronnie Turner officiating. Pallbearers were Scott Smith, Kevin Smith, Derek Smith, Blake Smith, Mark Land, Devin Waggoner and Jamie Smith. Interment was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool, Missouri. Online condolences may be made at

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Gideons or to Hospice Compassus.

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