Mildred Taylor

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Mildred Mae Smith Taylor was born March 20, 1932, in New Albany, Mississippi, and died March 25, 2014, in The Woodlands, Texas. She was preceded in death by her father, Orlando Ray Smith, her mother, Etoile Hall Smith, brothers, Herbert Ray Smith and Kenneth Hall Smith, and sister, Helen Smith Barnes.

She graduated from Starkville, Mississippi, high school and studied at Blue Mountain College before marrying during her junior year.

She was a devoted wife to her husband and a devoted mother to her children. As an Army wife, she supported her husband's career and created a warm and loving home life for her family under difficult and often dangerous conditions. She habitually mentored younger wives and, during one overseas residence, traveled with a team of senior wives to instruct younger wives on diplomacy and protocol. An exemplary Christian, she taught Sunday school in Army chapels and various churches in the US. Diagnosed in 2006 with ovarian cancer, she volunteered and participated in two clinical trials at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Wherever she went, she is remembered not only as a pleasant person, but as a strong influence toward harmony and righteousness. Thus it is written of her: "She speaks in trust that only grace allows,/Modestly unaware her softness, strong--/Stronger than stone or steel--holds up this house/In love, to let the house hold up the sky."

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Donn E. Taylor; children, Karen Taylor Saunders (husband Will), Warren R. Taylor (wife Beth), Katherine Taylor Burson (husband Tom), Walter L. Taylor, eight grandchildren: David Aycock, Christopher Burson, Michael Taylor, Rebecca Icossipentarhos, Daniel Taylor, Virginia Neese, Fuller Taylor and Hoyt Taylor, as well as two great-grandchildren: Blaze Michael Taylor and Adele Ariel Aycock; also three siblings, Elizabeth Johnson (husband Roland), Bess Ann Greene, Dr. William (Billy) Smith (wife Harriette), and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent either to Christ Above All Ministries, PO Box 1477, Madison, MS 39130 or MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 30, 2014, from 2 - 5 PM at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home, 18000 Interstate 45 S. Memorial services will be conducted at noon on Monday, March 31, 2014, at First Baptist Church, The Woodlands, 11801 Grogans Mill Road, with Discipleship Pastor Bryan Butler and Dr. William A. Smith presiding. Interment will be at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive (Houston) at 1:45 PM, Monday, March 31, 2014.

Published on from Mar. 26 to Apr. 8, 2014
Arrangements under the direction of:
Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home
18000 Interstate 45 S | The Woodlands, TX 77384 | (936) 321-5115
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