Cornelia P. "Connie" Taylor
Cornelia P. “Connie” Taylor, 98, Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Park Place in Mt. Pleasant.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Pleasant. The Rev. Douglas Darnold will officiate. Burial will be in the Forest Home Cemetery. Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, at the Kimzey Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant. The family will be present to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday evening at the funeral home.
Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the First Presbyterian Church, Mt. Pleasant.
Mrs. Taylor was born Sept. 26, 1914, in Cambridge, Ill. She was the daughter of Julius Carl and Hilda (Hulin) Poppy. She graduated from Cambridge High School, and attended Western Illinois University for two years to receive her teaching certificate. On Sept. 24, 1937, in Cambridge, Ill., she married W. Ralph Taylor. He preceded her in death on April 3, 1993.
She taught first grade in Cambridge, Ill. After their marriage, she ended her teaching career. They moved to Mt. Pleasant in 1951when they purchased the Baxter Hatchery. They later renamed it Taylors, Inc. They retired in 1984. Following their retirement, they became the managers of the Plantation Apartments. She continued to manage the apartments until she retired.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where she was a Deacon, Elder and Clerk of the Session for several terms. She belonged to the Presbyterian Women of the church and the Mariners Group of the church. She served on committees for the Southeast Iowa Presbytery and the Lakes and Prairies Synod of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She was active in Rotary Club International. She was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary, an honorary member of Mt. Pleasant Evening Rotary Club and a former Rotary-Ann. She and her husband served eight years as the Field Representatives of American Field Service (AFS), a foreign exchange student program. They hosted the first AFS and Rotary foreign exchange students in Mt. Pleasant. She was a past president of Founders Chapter of TTT, a member of Mentor Club and Coterie. In 1993, the Mt. Pleasant Education Association recognized her with the Friend of Education Award. She played bridge and belonged to a bridge club, as well as being a cribbage player.
She is survived by her two daughters, Barbara (Robert) Welander of Mt. Pleasant and Patricia (Richard) Wilson of Ankeny; five grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Her parents; husband; two sisters, Lucille Coll and Clarice McIntosh and a brother in infancy, John Poppy, preceded her in death.