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Sally Jean Taylor January 11, 1941 - January 10, 2024

Date of Funeral

January 27, 2024

     Sally Jean (Brown) Taylor passed away on January 10, 2024, at the age of 82 in Springfield, Missouri. She was born on January 11, 1941, in Rolla, Missouri to Lyle and Glessner (Daily) Brown. Sally was a beloved homemaker; devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend. Sally attended Lake Spring Elementary for her primary education and later graduated from Rolla High School. She further pursued her education at Southwest Missouri State University.

     A devoted wife and joyful homemaker, Sally and Stephen put their children first. The kids grew up knowing Mom and Dad were always there for them and later, for their families as well. Sally’s love and care also extended to the children and families in all of Cindi’s schools and libraries as well as her Parents as Teachers program. Sally was an active member of Aldersgate Methodist Church, where she found many ways to serve her Lord. She knit prayer shawls with ladies from the church, cheerfully greeted those coming in for worship services, sewed layettes for Newborns in Need and served as a Stephen minister. She and Stephen enjoyed serving in the Nomad ministry together, traveling and camping while helping with church repairs and disaster relief. In her free time, Sally enjoyed various hobbies including sewing, quilting, knitting, reading, and thrifting. She also loved working puzzles and playing Skipbo with her grandkids and camping with family. Sally had a very special interest in genealogy and it brought her great joy to connect family members and bring them together.

     Sally was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2021. Through her journey with the illness, she continued to touch the lives of so many, allowing Christ to use and guide her, even in her last days. Sally’s love for Jesus spilled over onto others and she was beloved by so many. She made a lasting impression on the hospital staff at Cox during her stay in October as well as the Home Health and Hospice staff in more recent days. She was bold in her faith and inspired many with her courage and her longing for eternal life.

     Sally is survived by her loving husband, Stephen Taylor, her children Jeff Taylor, Jacinda Roberts, and Jason Taylor, her son-in-law Jim Roberts, her daughters-in-law Lori Taylor and Kendra Taylor, her brother Dave Brown, her grandchildren, Curtis Taylor, Mallory Roberts, Mahiya Howard, and Kaitlyn Fitton, her Little Sister, Angie and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.

     A Celebration of Life service will be held in honor of Sally at Aldersgate Methodist Church in Nixa, Missouri, on Saturday, January 27, at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will take place at 10:00 a.m. prior to the service. Contributions in Sally’s memory can be made to the Lake Spring Cemetery, P O Box 115, Lake Spring, MO 65532 or to Stephen Ministries at Aldersgate Methodist Church, 460 Aldersgate Drive, Nixa, MO 65714.

     Sally was always a giving person, even in her death. According to her wishes, her body has been donated to University of Missouri for medical research to assist doctors in treating the illnesses of others. At a later date, Sally’s ashes will be returned to the family and will be buried at Lake Spring Cemetery. Many thanks to our family at Barnes Family Funeral Home for taking such good care of Sally and helping us through this difficult time.

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