Edna Lee Taylor, 94, Stockton, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, at Hays Medical Center.
She was born Nov. 10, 1921, in Stockton, to Willis D. and Winnie May (Anderson) Reed. She grew up in Rooks County and was a 1939 graduate of Stockton High School and attended Fort Hays State College in Hays receiving her teaching certificate so she could teach in Bazine.
She married Charles Albert Taylor on June 2, 1945, in Stockton. He preceded her in death. After teaching school for several years she started life as a wife, mother, and homemaker.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Woodston, United Methodist Women and attended the First Presbyterian Church in Hays.
After moving to Via Christi in Hays, she enjoyed jointly visits, reading, playing Pinochle, and watching Fox News, photography, gardening, playing cards, especially Pinochle, spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren whenever possible. As the matriarch of the family, she was also the family historian and genealogy expert. Over the years she collected an entire library of family records and established lifelong relationships with extended family members across the country and around the world.
Survivors include three sons, John Taylor and wife, Kathie, and Paul Taylor and wife, Colleen, all of Hays, and Tracy Lee Taylor, Oklahoma City; two daughters, Bertha May Taylor, Mission, and Barbara Ellen Mullen and husband, John, Dodge City; a brother, Clyde D. Reed and wife, Elizabeth, Torrance, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Irwin Reed; and a daughter-in-law, Helen Noble Taylor.
Services were Jan. 16 at Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home, Stockton,
Memorials are suggested to United Methodist Church, Woodston in care of the funeral home.