Barbara Taylor

MAZON—Barbara Sue (Harris) Taylor, 86, of Mazon, passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2020 at Heritage Health in Dwight.
Barbara was born Jan. 6, 1934 in Galatia, IL to Brooks and Callie (Upchurch) Harris. She was raised and educated in Galatia and at the age of 19 she and her friends headed north and gained employment at the Manteno State Hospital, where she met the love of her life, Lester E. Taylor, who she married May 29, 1954.
Barbara worked as a bookkeeper at the Manteno State Hospital until she became a mother to which she dedicated her life to raising her family. She had a love of reading, often reading several books at once, a love of gardens and flowers where she seemed to make everything grow, doing puzzles and Friday night outings with “the gang.”
She is survived by her children: Kate Rodenbach, of Indianapolis, IN; Tim (Carrie), of Dwight; Scott, of Mazon and Kathy (late Dan) Taylor, of Streator; also surviving are grandchildren: Sandie Taylor of California; Mark Taylor of Iowa; Jennifer (Nathan) Hovious, of Streator; and Jeremy (Kelly) Wilken, of New York; great-grandchildren: Kelli and Dylan (Kaylee) Hovious; Rhiannon and Collin Wilken; siblings, Jim (Kay) Harris, of St. Anne and Robert Harris, of Harrisburg; Special Cousin Betty Harris of Springfield and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and two sons, Mark and Dan.
Cremation rites have been accorded and per Barbara’s request there will be no memorial services. A family inurnment will be held at a later date.
Memorials in honor of Barbara may be made to the Mazon-Verona-Kinsman (MVK) Ambulance Services and online condolences may be made at
Hager Memorial Home in Dwight is in charge of arrangements.