Joyce Irene (Garrison) Taylor was born the daughter of Oba Abner Garrison and Alice Coral (Cypret) Garrison on August 17, 1924, in Myrtle, Missouri and departed this life September 9, 2014, in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 90 years.
She was united in marriage December 2, 1942, in Thayer, Missouri to Grover L. Taylor, who preceded her in death on November 3, 1994.
She is survived by two daughters, Dolores Larsen of Myrtle, Missouri, and Delilia Sahl and husband, Greg of St. Peters, Missouri; one son, Jeff Taylor and wife, Judy of Myrtle, Missouri; nine grandchildren, Rebecca Joyce Harrison and husband, David of West Plains, Missouri, Adam Larsen and wife, Amanda of Myrtle, Missouri, Lori Beth Gallagher and husband, Scott of Lathrop, Missouri, Jonathan Michael Asta and wife, Jennifer of Bentonville, Arkansas, Joseph Patrick Asta of St. Peters, Missouri, Lauren Nicole Palmer and husband, Phillip of Bentonville, Arkansas, Christopher Arvin Taylor, Andrew William Taylor, and Sarah Lynne Taylor, all of Myrtle, Missouri; nine great grandchildren, Taylor, Sydney, Haylie Jo, Dylan, Ryder, Arizona, Cody, Stephenie, and Remington; two sisters, Mary June Hosselton and husband, Claren of Clay City, Illinois, and Martha Alice Watts of Kansas City, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; other relatives, and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Oba and Alice Garrison; one sister, Geneva Bears; two brothers, Oba Garrison, Jr. and Vern William Garrison; and son-in-law, Paul Larsen.
Joyce was a dedicated homemaker with a servant’s heart. She was an excellent gourmet cook and always welcomed family, friends and even strangers to set around her table for a good home cooked meal.
Through the years, Grover and Joyce opened their doors to many individuals who were in need of a temporary place to call home. Each was greeted with open arms, fed, sheltered, encouraged with words of wisdom, and touched with love and compassion.
Joyce loved to sew and owned Joyce’s Sewing Shop in Myrtle for several years. Not only did she sew for family and friends, but also took orders for school cheerleading uniforms, made prom dresses and men’s business suits.
Joyce was a charter member of the Centerpoint Church of God of Prophecy, where she faithfully attended as long as health permitted. She will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother; a loyal friend and neighbor. She will truly be missed by her family and the community in which she lived.
Funeral services for Mrs. Taylor will be held Saturday, September 13, 2014, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri, with Brother Jake Lawrence officiating.
The family will receive friends at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, on Friday evening, September 12th from 6:00until 8:00 PM.
Burial will be in the Myrtle Cemetery at Myrtle, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.