Kathleen Ann Taylor
- July 28, 2023
Kathleen Ann Taylor
Kathleen Ann Taylor of Marion died unexpectedly at home Tuesday, July 25, 2023. She was born to parents Jack and Ruth Piper on Dec. 30, 1947. Jack died when she was four. Ruth married James Nielson when Kathy was 10 and Jim adopted her and her brother John. Jim was a loving father who they called Dad.
Kathy graduated locally from Washington High School and St. Luke’s
School of Nursing. She worked at
St. Luke’s hospital for 10 years until becoming a stay-at-home mom. She later worked at Keys to Living Christian Counseling and Aid to Women (now Bridgehaven Pregnancy Center) until she retired in 2013.
Kathy was active in various organizations including Christian Women’s Club (now Morning Connection). It was here in 1976 that she heard the clear message of Jesus’ death and resurrection during a talk by Lavonne Landis. She then devoted her life to Jesus in various ways, mostly with children. Kathy devoted many years to the P.E.O. Chapter LF group and enjoyed contributing to the “scones ministry” at Cedar Valley Bible Church. She met Dave at St. Luke’s while playing in the band at Coe College.
She is survived by Dave and five sons, Dan (Jodi), Tony (Brandy), Joe (Jessica), Jon (Erin) and Jamie (Stacy); along with 16 grandchildren, Dustin, Bryon, Dylan, Bryce, Taylor, Seth, Kaylie, Jacob, Calvin, Addison, Zeke, Clara, Aiden, Bennett, Max and Jack.
Kathy’s Celebration of Life will start Saturday at Cedar Valley Bible Church, 3636 Cottage Grove Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, with visitation at 10 a.m. and a memorial service at 11 a.m. There will follow a time of fellowship with scones, coffee and other kid-friendly beverages. A gathering of family and friends for inurnment will follow at Cedar Memorial.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in her name to one of these: matthew-25.org; willisdady.org; olivetreeviews.org; samaritanspurse.org; cedarvalley.org; hishandsclinic.org; or bridgehavencr.org.