Delores Jean Taylor
December 12, 1941 – November 6, 2018
Delores Jean Taylor, 76, Columbia, MO, passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at The Bluffs Nursing Home in Columbia, MO. Graveside services will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm with Rev. Art Dyer officiating.
Delores was born on December 12, 1941 in Webb City, MO the daughter of Lester and Sarah (Nichols) Gratton who preceded her in death. She was married on April 24, 1959 in San Jose, CA to Bobby Taylor who preceded her in death on November 5, 2016.
Delores loved painting landscapes and gardening, and all kinds of flowers. She loved helping others and volunteered with her church missions, making food boxes for families. She changed her profession and went back to school and became a LPN at age 55, graduating at the top of her class. She loved her family the most, and was so proud of them!
Survivors include: three children, Cheree Kozicki (Michael) of Placentia, CA, Don Taylor (Robin) of Memphis, MI and Nadine Lewis of Columbia, MO; one brother, Billy Gratton (Sherry); one sister, Barbara Shoenburger (Ken); seven grandchildren, Stacy (Josh), Mikey (Danielle), Christopher, Ashley (Randy), Kara (Steve), Jeremy, Grace (Tyler); five great grandchildren, Peyton, Nash, Avery, Brooklyn, Olivia and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her son-in-law, David Lewis; two sisters and two brothers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO 65202.
- Cheree (Michael) Kozicki, Daughter
- Don (Robin) Taylor, Son
- Nadine Lewis, Daughter
- Billy (Sherry) Gratton, Brother
- Barbara (Ken) Shoenburger, Sister
- Delores is survived by seven grandchildren, Stacy (Josh), Mikey (Danielle), Christopher, Ashley (Randy), Kara (Steve), Jeremy, Grace (Tyler) and five great grandchildren, Peyton, Nash, Avery, Brooklyn, Olivia and several nieces and nephews.
c/o Memorial Funeral Home 1217 Business Loop 70 West , Columbia, Missouri 65202
- Graveside Service Friday, November 9, 2018
Delores Jean Taylor
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November 7, 2018
Oh my gosh, the fun I used to have with her and Cheree while shopping. I'd hide in the clothes racks and say crazy stuff. She would crack up laughing while Cheree tried to discourage her becuz Cheree said you're only encouraging him to do more silly stuff. And ya know what -I DID!
I truly loved Dee and Bob. Always wanting to spend time with them as often as possible if I wasn't working. Bob and I ,both being first responders , shared a special bond, so we could discuss how "important " we were.
But when Dee was around and wanted our attention we weren't important anymore. They definitely were family and gave some of what they had to anyone who needed help. God loves them , I just hope they mind their P's & Q's in heaven. Great people, good memories. I am blessed to have been a part of a superb Mom and Dad. Much love from Michael & Cheree.