West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242

Joyce Taylor

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.



  1. Alesia (Bears) Shaw
    September 11, 2014 @ 10:14 pm

    There are so many things I loved about my Mothers only older sister. She knew that making food pretty made it taste better, how to cure anything from your pantry or tool shed, how to love the unlovable, how to pray and of course she was the best seamstress I have or will ever know. I remember sitting on the back porch watching her & asking questions. If she didn’t love teaching me she hid it well. I have always admired her hospitality and she will be greatly missed by us on earth, but happily received by those in heaven. I can’t be there but Deloris, Delila, & Jeff know that my heart is with you and I love you all greatly.


  2. joyce graves
    September 12, 2014 @ 8:32 pm

    There are so many things I loved about Ms. Joyce… November 19, 1958 she delivered me right across the highway from where she was living at now. My mom named me after her because Mom couldnt make it to the hospital. I will forever hold her dear to my heart. Delores, Delila, Jeff, my prayers go out to you and your families at this sad time.I only wish I had known ahead of time so I could make it up to Mo. But my heart and love is with you all. God definitely took another Angel home.


  3. Mary Ellen Farney
    September 13, 2014 @ 12:03 pm

    My Brother Paul could not have chosen a better Mother-in-Law. She was always so kind and gracious. She could remodel homes, grow the best gardens, make professional looking clothes, bedspreads, etc. and cook the best meals. She even came to our aid to fix Christmas dinner without electricity the year of the twin tornado action in Myrtlr. I will miss her and I’ll always remember her fondly.


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