Irene Taylor is a beautiful woman, beautiful in body, beautiful in mind, beautiful in spirit. And the origin of beauty...is Love. Let me tell you about the Love in Grandma's life.
She loves her birth family. She was born of loving parents, William Nicholas Kennett and Mary Etta Foster Kennett, near Hornersville, on Jan. 16, 1916. There were eight children born into this family. One of Irene's sisters, Edna Perkins of St. Charles, still lives on earth and loves. Irene's parents and six of her brothers and sisters preceded her in death--now living and loving in heaven. Those siblings are Lloyd Kennett, Carl Kennett, Nathan Kennett, Mary Alice Corbin, Alta Kennett, and Georgia Ledbetter.
Irene loves her husband, her daughter, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren. She married Clarence Taylor in Bloomfield on April 13, 1937. Their marriage of 67 years was filled with life (the good and the bad, the sickness and the health, the rich and the poor) and always love. They have one precious daughter, Dot Pulley of Bloomfield and twin grandchildren, Trevor Pulley of Bloomfield and Tim Pulley, also of Bloomfield, but currently serving as a member of the U.S. Army in Baghdad, Iraq. There are seven great-grandchildren lucky enough to be born into this love.
And still, more love. Irene completed two years of college and taught school for five years, three in Swinton and two in Philadelphia. She worked many years at Elder Manufacturing and retired from the Southeast Missouri Coop (the REA at that time) in 1980. I'm not sure she loved her work, but I can tell you she loved her students, her co-workers, and her customers. And she loved helping to provide for her daughter's college education.
One of Irene's greatest loves is her church. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Bloomfield for many, many years. She loved quilting with the Helping Hands, was active in her Circle and her Sunday School class, and could always be counted on to express her love through dinners, pies (mmmmmmmm!) and cakes taken quietly to anyone in the community who needed her.
Finally, maybe firstly, Irene loves her God. And He loves her. He called her home to Him on Jan. 29, 2005, at the age of 89 years and 13 days.
We love you, too, Irene.