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Mary Taylor


September 28, 1958
October 12, 2020


Mary Opal Taylor, 62, of Odin, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2020 at Odin Healthcare Center. She was born on September 28, 1958 the daughter of Chester Gooding in Wood River, IL. She was fostered by Harold and Vivian Crippen who raised her like their own in Odin. She married her sweetheart, William “Bill” Taylor on November 10, 1986 in Sandoval and he preceded her in death on July 3, 2015.
Survivors that will remember Mary’s friendly smile include her devoted son, Joseph “Joe” Taylor and wife Lottye Jean of Iuka; brothers, Jeff Gooding, Carl Gooding; sisters, Debbie Gooding, Tammy Gooding and five treasured grandchildren; several special niece and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Chester Gooding, Harold and Vivian Crippen; husband, Bill Taylor; son, Gary Taylor; brother, Leon Crippen.
Mary was a proud graduate of Odin High School. She worked on the family farm alongside her parents, husband, and son and liked to tell everyone it was the farm that raised her. After working at Crippen Farms for over 30 years she worked as a crossing guard at the Odin School. She adored seeing all the smiling faces in the mornings. She was an avid book reader. Mary’s greatest joy was loving the Lord and being an active member of the Eternity Baptist Church in Centralia and Odin First Baptist. She was devoted to her church family and enjoyed teaching Sunday school and singing in the choir. She was a beloved mother, Grandmother, sister, and friend. Mary thought of her time with family and friends as precious and those memories will live on with those that loved her so dearly.
A celebration of life service will be held privately by the family. Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Odin is privileged to be assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be made in Mary’s honor to the family. Online condolences and memories of Mary may be shared with the family by visiting and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.