Joan H. Taylor, 69, of Marshall, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2008, at Casa de la Luz Hospice in Tucson, Ariz.
Memorial funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, at 11 a.m. at United Methodist Church in Clarence, with Rev. Beryl Cragg and Nelson Weber officiating. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery in Clarence. Memorials may be made to the Joan H. Taylor Memorial Fund. Services were under the direction of Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home in Clarence.
She was born Aug. 16, 1939, in Shelbina, the daughter of the late Harold H. Hutton and Lorraine Erdwins Hutton. On Aug. 13, 1961, in Clarence, she married Cal H. Taylor, who preceded her in death May 24, 2007. She was a 1957 Clarence High School graduate. In 1960, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College in Kirksville. In 1963, she received a master's degree in elementary guidance and counseling from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College. She was one of the first in the state of Missouri to receive this degree. Her specialist work was completed at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg. In 1960-1961, she taught fourth grade in Clarence. From 1961-1992, she taught in the Marshall Public School system. She was a member of Marshall First United Methodist Church, teaching Sunday school, vacation bible school, was a chancel choir member and soloist, bell choir director and praise team and band keyboard player. She was a member of the Association American of University Women, Delta Kappa Gamma society, serving as treasurer; Southeast PTA; Benton PTA; Marshall Teachers Association, serving as secretary; National Education Association; a life member of Missouri State Teachers Association; and Missouri Retired Teachers. She was involved in Marshall Square Dance Club, bridge club, Bible studies and served as a Girl Scout leader. She was a vocal soloist, singing in "The Messiah," many weddings and funerals. In college, she was selected to go on concert tour to the southern United States and Mexico. She lived most of her life in Marshall and had spent the last year with her daughter, Laura, and family in Arizona.
Survivors include two daughters, Lynn M. Taylor of Tucson and Laura L. Haines and her husband, Doug, of Oro Valley, Ariz.; two grandsons, Andrew and Luke Haines; two sisters, Barbara Chittum and Ruth Wood; and one brother, H. Wayne Hutton of Clarence.
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