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Dorothy Lee Taylor, 87 – Passed May 24, 2020

Dorothy Lee Taylor, 87, of Cabool, Missouri passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2020, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri.

She entered this world on August 3, 1932, the only child of Ira and Fannie Mae (Pettigrew) Freeman. She grew up to be a beautiful, hardworking, strong-willed woman with a heart of gold.

Dorothy married Archie Benjamin West, Jr. and to this union four daughters were born, Joan, Marcia, Patty and Betty. This marriage didn’t last but she and Ben always remained friends.

She later met the love of her life, Thurman Hutson Taylor; they were married on October 14, 1960 and would have celebrated 60 years of marriage this year. To this union their son, Kenneth, was born.

Dorothy worked at Brown Shoe Company for 33 years until retiring due to the company closing. Unable to sit idle, she started working at Kabul Nursing Home and then at Carousel Gifts. Later, Dorothy found a job she loved volunteering at Texas County Food Pantry; unfortunately, she had to quit due to a shattered shoulder.

After suffering a stroke, she became a resident at Kabul Nursing Home. Dorothy loved all the personnel there and being treated like a queen. She never gave up on her goal to be able to go home but God had a greater plan for her.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Mikey Telika; and twin grandsons, Michael and Eri. She is now reunited with them in heaven, along with her best friend who was like a sister, June Edwards.

She is survived by her husband, Thurman; four daughters, Joan Campbell and Ron Gaston, Marcia Young and husband Jeff, Patty Rader and husband Dennis, and Betty Katzur and husband Wayne; one son, Kenneth Hutson Taylor and Julie Sparks; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Dorothy is never to be forgotten but forever missed; she was dearly loved by her family and friends and will live on in all the hearts she touched.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 29, 2020, at Trinity Freewill Baptist Church with Donnie Wells officiating. Pallbearers were Landon Lovan, Seth Katzur, Brian Campbell, Justin Taylor, Chad Callihan and Nathan Campbell. Interment was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at