Our beloved mother and grandmother died peacefully surrounded by her family on July 20 at the age of 96.
Bea was born on October 11, 1914 in Bad Axe, MI and was a devoted daughter to John and Emma Hodgson. She married Charles Taylor in 1935 and they enjoyed 64 loving years together.
Bea was a woman of great moral character and kindness and was adored by all who knew her. She loved God, her family and making a warm, happy home for her husband, children and grandchildren. She cherished her church, family, friends, and fellowship and always found the best in people. She had many gifts – a keen wit, a sharp memory, was an outstanding cook, seamstress and pie maker. She loved music and sang in the church choir for decades. She also worked at Knapp’s Department Store and held a leadership role at AARP for many years.
Bea was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and their three children Marilyn (Burnett) Coffey, Keith Taylor and Dewey Taylor; sister Violet (Maurice) Cortright and grandson Andy Taylor. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Dorothy (Keith) Mulford; daughter-in-law Judy (Bill) Hunt; eight grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Bea was a wonderful role model for her grandchildren and they fondly remember times spent with her, especially summer and winter vacations. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
The family would like to thank loving caregiver Florence and the staff of Clare Bridge of Delta.
Her funeral service will be held at Mt. Hope United Methodist Church, 501 E. Mt. Hope Ave on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Contributions in Bea’s memory may be made to Mt. Hope United Methodist Church, American Diabetes Association, Alzheimer’s Association, or Great Lakes Hospice Foundation.
We love you forever Gram — a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck, and a barrel and a heap and we’re talking in our sleep about you!! Arrangements by Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.