(please note change of service time from previously released information)
Cornelia P. “Connie” Taylor, 98, of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at Park Place in Mt. Pleasant.
A celebration of life service for Connie Taylor will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church, 902 South Walnut Street, Mount Pleasant. The Reverend Douglas Darnold, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Forest Home Cemetery, Mount Pleasant. Friends may call from 12 Noon to 9:00 PM on Monday, November 19 at the Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 North Main Street, Mount Pleasant. The family will be present to receive friends from 6-8 PM on Monday evening at the funeral home.
Mrs. Taylor, the former Cornelia Poppy, was born September 26, 1914 in Cambridge, Illinois. She was the daughter of Julius Carl and Hilda (Hulin) Poppy. She graduated from Cambridge High School, and attended Western Illinois University for 2 years to receive her teaching certificate. On September 24, 1937 in Cambridge, Connie was united in marriage to W. Ralph Taylor. Mr. Taylor preceded her in death on April 3, 1993.
Mrs. Taylor taught 1st grade in Cambridge. After their marriage, Connie ended her teaching career. The couple continued to reside in Cambridge for 2 years until they moved to Urbana, IL. They then moved to Moline, IL and later to Joliet, IL. They moved to Mount Pleasant in 1951when they purchased the Baxter Hatchery. They later renamed it Taylors, Inc. It was a dealership of Hy-Line chicks which Connie would often deliver statewide. Taylors, Inc. was also a dealership for Purina Feeds, Pioneer Seeds and later with DeKalb Seeds. They retired in 1984. Following their retirement, they became the managers of the Plantation Apartments. Connie continued to manage the apartments after Ralph’s death until she retired at age 89.
Connie maintained many interests and activities. She was a loyal 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.). Mrs. Taylor was very active in Rotary Club International, as her husband Ralph was a Past District Governor of District 6000. She was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary, an honorary member of Mount Pleasant Evening Rotary Club and a former Rotary-Ann. With Ralph, they served 8 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 Mount Pleasant. Connie was a Past President of Founders Chapter of TTT, a member of Mentor Club and Coterie. In 1993, the Mount Pleasant Education Association recognized her with the Friend of Education Award. She played bridge and belonged to a bridge club, as well as being an adept cribbage player.
Those thankful for sharing in Connie’s life include her two daughters and their husbands, Barbara (Robert) Welander of Mt. Pleasant and Patricia (Richard) Wilson of Ankeny; her Rotary Foreign Exchange student daughter, Jillian Abbott of Englewood, NJ; her AFS Foreign Exchange Student daughter, Elsa Parviainen Carroll of Honolulu, HA; 5 grandchildren – Scott (Jennie) Wilson, Wendy (Tracy) Kralik, David (Leigh) Welander, Matthew (Mary) Welander and Thomas (Jane Monson) Welander; 11 great grandchildren – Jenna & Taylor Wilson, Emma & Levi Kralic, Marcus, Lauren, Isaac, Griffin, Micah, Evelyn and Lillian Welander.
Her parents, husband, 2 sisters – Lucille Coll and Clarice McIntosh and a brother in infancy, John Poppy, precede Connie in death.
Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the First Presbyterian Church, Mount Pleasant.